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Old 02-05-2013, 10:16 PM   #1
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No idea how to mix a song.

I have started recording music, but have come to the realization that I have no idea what I am doing when it comes to mixing the music I have made. All of my recordings are in Audacity, and I don't know how to touch them up, and make them sound like finished songs.

Also I don't even know where to start. Are the tutorials about how to use DAW's and stuff to refine your songs? Every time I try to use one I am just so intimidated by all of the buttons, and what they do? What are equalizers, and filters?

In short where should I start, and what would recommend me using to learn? Are there any free E-books you would recommend?
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:19 PM   #2
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Think of a recording as a 3D atmosphere. All those knobs and buttons are just how you shape the sound and in what position you put them in.
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Did the recordings forum start charging you to make a thread or something? What is up with everyone thinking they're going to get advice from the pit? We have a forum for this stuff, use it.
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:29 PM   #4
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You should try using a blender.
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:30 PM   #5
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:33 PM   #6
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Audacity sucks. I'd start with a better DAW. ableton is good if you can spare the money (or, you know...), or reaper is only $50 for the paid version.
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:39 PM   #7
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i find logic pretty intuitive but thats after a few years of using it.
and yes. there are a load of tutorials to do almost anything you can think of regarding DAWs. i wouldn't bother too much with e-books, i'd suggest looking at youtube videos so you can hear the changes that are being made rather than just reading what the book says happens. if all else fails just play around with a few things and see what happens.
EQ's allow you to alter specific - somewhat - frequencies, allowing you to alter the sound to your liking, or so it stands out or sits nicely in a mix.
Filters allow or block certain aspects of a sound through. lets say you have a band pass filter. it will allow a certain range of sound through - determined by you.
low cut filters cut the lower frequencies out, you can often change the cutoff. low pass do the opposite. high pass/high cut do the same but with the higher end of the spectrum.
auto filters simply move the band of frequencies you have selected over time.
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:39 PM   #8
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Audacity sucks. I'd start with a better DAW. ableton is good if you can spare the money (or, you know...), or reaper is only $50 for the paid version.


I gotcha but it is not the DAW that is the problem. I could have the greatest tools in the world, but I don't know what I am doing when it comes to mixing. Is mixing even the right term?
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:43 PM   #9
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have you already got recordings made? no use mixing with no recordings
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i find logic pretty intuitive but thats after a few years of using it.
and yes. there are a load of tutorials to do almost anything you can think of regarding DAWs.
EQ's allow you to alter specific - somewhat - frequencies, allowing you to alter the sound to your liking, or so it stands out or sits nicely in a mix.
Filters allow or block certain aspects of a sound through. lets say you have a band pass filter. it will allow a certain range of sound through - determined by you.
low cut filters cut the lower frequencies out, you can often change the cutoff. low pass do the opposite. high pass/high cut do the same but with the higher end of the spectrum.
auto filters simply move the band of frequencies you have selected over time.


Okay, so low filters would remove low bass sounds, high pass gets rid of high frequency sounds?

Would a EQ sort of be like a pitch perfecter?

What is your favorite DAW, and do you have any tut's, or what would I search for to learn about this stuff?

Sorry if I sound dumb. I have literally no knowledge when it comes to this stuff.
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:45 PM   #11
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have you already got recordings made? no use mixing with no recordings


Why?
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:49 PM   #12
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nothing to mix
eq doesn't alter notes, rather the timbre of the sound. perhaps you are thinking of autotune? as far as i know, autotune changes the pitch of a note by altering the speed of the sample.
my personal favourite DAW is logic 9. thats what i use at college and thats what i have the most time on and feel comfortable with. it was a bit daunting at first but once you grasp the basics, many things start to fall into place.
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eq doesn't alter notes, rather the timbre of the sound. perhaps you are thinking of autotune?
my personal favourite DAW is logic 9. thats what i use at college and thats what i have the most time on and feel comfortable with. it was a bit daunting at first but once you grasp the basics, many things start to fall into place.


So is mixing more to do with electronic music?
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:52 PM   #14
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not at all, mixing is a key part of any musical production. it turns the raw recordings into what you hear on cds or on youtube.
EDIT: i know i forgot mastering but i don't feel like rewording the sentence. mastering is the final step in producing and i'm even less clued up on it than i am mixing so i won't touch on it!
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not at all, mixing is a key part of any musical production. it turns the raw recordings into what you hear on cds or on youtube.
EDIT: i know i forgot mastering but i don't feel like rewording the sentence. mastering is the final step in producing and i'm even less clued up on it than i am mixing so i won't touch on it!


Alright. So what did you do to learn all of this? Books? School? Just winging it?
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:56 PM   #16
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Add a shitton of compression, set the ratio to at least 8, cut everything below 500 Hz, add some reverb and you're good to go!
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:57 PM   #17
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If you don't know what mixing is, how to mix is going to be the least of your problems. Also, we have a recording forum.
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:57 PM   #18
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For real though, what's this doing in the Pit instead of Recording? Is it because you got excommunicated for using Audacity? I made an article about why you shouldn't be mixing with it; start with that.
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:00 PM   #19
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i started with AS level music technology i think 4 years ago? i resat the year because i had no idea about editing audio presets or making my own 'presets' - so that was a big kick in the right direction. from there i've done live sound a few times for friends gigs and a few at college. i'm doing a music technology 2 year course at college - in my last year of that now, with intentions of going to tech music school next year for either bass performance or music production.
i'll learn something at college and google the shit out of it and play around with it until i feel comfortable. alternatively, i'll waste time at college just playing around on logic with all the plugins and other stuff.
so in summary, books school and just winging it
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Sorry about not putting this in recordings. My bad guys.
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