And we have a winner! Over the past 3 months, CapeAudioForum.com (Our own technical forum) has been running a competition giving away an amazing microphone bundle from MXL microphones. This amazing prize was handed over to the student that showed the most active interest in the forum and was judged by quality of posts as well as involvement with other conversations. The most active member during this period was none other than Read more »Share
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The event has kicked off with representatives from S.E.G.M.A demonstrating some fantastic new units from AVID, the makers of Pro Tools digital audio workstation software and Hardware. First up Maldwyn Greenwood (SEGMA CEO) gave some of Cape Towns local dealers a hands on demo of the new D-Command ES controller, C|24 control surface as well as the smaller Artist Control surface. These units represent the very cutting edge of DAW technology worldwide and have been fitted in some of the largest studio facilities in the world. Some of the biggest budget hollywood studios have Read more »Share
Every now and then we get the opportunity to let some of our students loose in a working studio to gain a little experience of the outside world. As we all know, Audio Engineering is not something you can learn from books alone. This creative field requires a lot of time in the studio and without the right exposure, it becomes difficult to know the direction you should be heading in. This is why we find it so important for our students to Read more »Share
Before I get started I just want to reinforce something – sometimes a reduction in parameters actually generates more creativity. Being aware of a set of limitations, or guidelines, can actually allow you much more creative control over your final mix. This could mean limiting the amount of effects that you allow yourself to use, or a more obvious one is to only use a particular set of effects that suits the genre or style. If you have the permission to do it, perhaps editing tracks or even muting/removing “surplus” instrumentation or vocal is the first step.
Approach-wise, ideally you want all aspects of a song to reinforce together and create a stronger impact, and if you aren’t aware of what you’re doing, it’s very possible (in fact more common than you think) to get a generally nice balance of instruments that somehow doesn’t “gel”. You can hear everything, but it lacks the emotional impact.
So here’s some ideas to think about next time you’re mixing a song. There are certainly many more ideas and concepts to experiment with than just this list, but I stopped myself before the post became a novel. Read more »Share