I hope your unofficial end of summer weekend went great. Happy Labor Day to ya!! I have some interesting things to share with you from last weeks Sheila E. concert. I’ll be posting a video up before the end of the week….I am also seriously busy starting today, I’ll fill you in on that too…
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Well Well 2 the WELL!! Look what we have here! I admit I am such a fan of great musicians especially the ones who make hip hop in melodic fashion. If you have been on Soundclick in the past 4 years you have surely seen the name Johnny Juliano. He’s been topping the charts with almost each uploaded track. Johnny has also produced records for Wiz Khalifa and other industry artist.
What makes Johnny stand out from the rest for me is he incorporates Funk into his grooves. What I mean by that can only be referenced by listening to the artist of the 80’s. Anything coming from Princes Purple camp, or the wonderfully funky George Clinton crew. They use melodies in a certain way that heavily relies on manipulating scales in a moving manner.
The second thing that caught my ear are Johnny’s amazing mixes. I love the strong clarity that can be noticed in each beat. All this from inside Fl Studio? WOW…You can hear a collection of some of his works here:
Recently Juliano has been sharing tips and tricks. He’s released his first mixing video as many producers requested. The video touches on the basics of mixing inside Fl Studio. Hopefully he’ll continue to release them. You all know I am a strong believer of “each one teach one”. Thanks Johnny for sharing your knowledge!
Once you’ve picked the best drum sounds you can, chances are you will still need to adjust to make it sound like these drums from different sets not only knock but are a part of the same set. Manipulating EQ and Group Dynamics will help you create this illusion.
Equalization: Space & Knock
EQ is the quickest way to get your drums to knock but will also allow you to put the drums in a similar space. The idea is that a snare and hat recorded in the same room will have a similar amount of high frequencies, so you want to adjust the high and low frequencies on each drum to put them in a similar “room.” Here’s an abbreviated frequency overview for drums that will give you some areas to start exploring:
20-10k is where you will find that sexy shimmer on hats and cymbals.
10-5k is where you’ll find the sound’s presence, meaning how close it seems to you. More importantly how close it is to other drums.
2.5k – 900Hz is where you will find the attack or “thack” sound in your snare and especially kick drum. This frequency range will allow your kick to be heard on small speakers like on laptops.
500-400Hz is a range you can adjust to change how fat or thin the sound seems.
200-100Hz is where you will find the knock of your kick especially. Start at 125Hz.
80-40Hz is where your low end comes through. This is the “Thud” sound in your kick.
Now lets get to the knock. When I think of knocking drums I think about the kick and the snare or clap. Lets start with the kick. I adjust three areas on the kick when needed. The “thack,” “knock,” and “thud.” It’s really easy to fall into the trap of continually adding bass to get the kick to cut through the mix but the problem usually lies in the knock or thud. Play with it until it feels right to you. If you want to get surgical use EQ to put each frequency range on a separate track and compress each one differently. Mike Chav put me onto this technique. He mixed Jay Electronica’s Exhibit C. He goes into more detail about this here:
With the snare and clap I won’t lie, I usually only adjust the presence at 5k and body around 125Hz. I adjust the presence to make sure its bright enough to interact with the hi hat and the body to maintain it’s relationship with the kick drum. More on that below in Group Dynamics. Individual drum compression is a good way to get your snare and clap to snap the way you want but be careful. A lot of the sampled drums we use have been compressed a lot and the last thing they need is more compression. But keep in mind there are no rules. If it sounds good you win.
Group Dynamics: Relating & Pump
Drums played by a drummer have an interaction or relationship that carries emotion. If your drums don’t relate to each other they will sound off. Compressing the drum set together (Group Dynamics) will help create the illusion that these drums “go together.” I do this two ways. To establish a general relationship within the set I route the output of all the drums to an aux or bus track. Lets say Bus 5 for example. I set up a bus compressor on Bus 5 that will kind of glue the drums together. 2:1 ratio with 2-4db of reduction. I’m not looking to create a huge effect with this, just a feeling. From there the drums go to the master fader. Most compressors can be used as a bus compressor its really just a title based on its use.
I use another compression method to create a pumping effect to make the drums breathe like an old break. Set up a send on each drum track, to lets say Bus 6. On Bus 6 you can set up a compressor or limiter of your choice and smash the crap out of the drums. Adjust the release until you hear the compressor release or pump in rhythm with the kick and snare. Bring this fader all the way down and then slowly add it into the mix until you hear it without affecting the knock of Bus 5. Adjust to taste, have fun with it!
Here’s some more information on advanced compression techniques:
With Hip Hop and Rap drums have always been the most important part. Now that stretches to Pop, Rock and even some Country. I am always hearing of new techniques to use on drums so plan on hearing more from me in the future on my blog: http://audiblemention.blogspot.com/
Hey Hey my great producers! It’s going to be extremely hot over the next few days. Please be sure to drink plenty water and take the heat seriously. It looks like we’ll have record breaking heat by Saturday…..
I’ve been rolling out a few bangers lately using FL Studio 10. I must say my mix is getting a lot better. Once you begin to understand the frequencies, monitoring, and how to use effects it gets easier. I am still seeking a wonderful mix straight from my production software. I think this helps a lot when you need to work fast but efficiently. I’ve come up with a few techniques which are working for me. I found a video which is close to what I do and is an easy way to start for those new to mixing ” inside the box” using FL Studio.
Mixing and Mastering Preperation Basic Tips for using FL Studio 10
Tyler Clark has a nice YouTube channel featuring his production and tutorials.Stop by and check out more when you have time.
Remember many techniques you see here can easily be transferred to any DAW or Production program like Reason. Also nothing is set in stone and you may come up with your own way to do the exact same thing. If you are doing tutorials please share a link and I will help you promote it.
What’s happening with you? I am sitting here trying to get my day started…just heard my boy T_Sizzle #55 Terrell Suggs may be out for the season BOOOO..You all know I love my Ravens football…. wishing T Sizzle a speedy recovery for sure..
I think Reason 6 is one of the best releases from Propellerhead. There are so many options for music production and audio recording. I just wish I could use vst instruments inside the sequencer. This video really breaks down mixing techniques in Reason 6. It’s a full master class, over an hour. Go grab some food and drink…sit back and enjoy…
Reason 6 Mixing Masterclass with Gary Bromham
Always remember if you don’t have Reason 6, this is still worthy of watching. The techniques can be used for any mix project.
Good day to you and yours! It’s so beautiful outside, we’re having 70 degree weather in March, quite unusual. For the past few hours, I’ve been upgrading all my software. I’ve been so busy I didn’t know Ni Maschine released a 1.7.2 update. I was about to load up a beat template, and found myself really wishing Native Instruments added level meters to Maschine’s sampler channels. I’ve been finding they help a lot while doing little adjustments along the way.
After all this time, someone on the Ni forum mentioned loading a free plug in into an fx slot. Bingo! Great idea. I think I have a few on my hard drive which will work. The one mentioned on the post was the ” Sonalksis Free G”.
I think this will work perfectly. I don’t want to use a lot of CPU so I will keep them on my “Group” inserts. This way I can monitor things without having too many “Free G” plugins installed on each channel. Another cool thing is it works as a fader as well.
Hey Hey All! What’s goodie with you? Everything is going as planned with school,mixing,and beats on my end. (ALL A’s so far woo hoo)….I’m in super learn mode so I thought it would be great to share some of stuff I’m finding as far as tips, tutorials, and webinars(web based seminars).
If you don’t have any Waves Bundles they have released a few solo plugins at a reasonable price this year. I had the chance to give them a test run, and I think the Platinum/Complete collection is one of the most impressive plug in bundles ever. I was blown away by a few like the L2, and L316 Maximizers. I hear the entire bundle is pretty expensive, so I may settle for one of the older bundle packages instead.
Here’s a very informative video about limiting and optimizing audio using Waves L2:
Waves is offering free Webinars on several plug ins and mix techniques. Waves is covering EQ, Compression, Limiting and more.The webinars are GOLDEN!! I’ve cleared time for a couple so far and I learned so much. Sign up and hope to see you there 🙂
What a wonderful morning..so nice outside. I am closing my blinds because I have much to do inside…:). I’m about to mix a beat I did yesterday. I found a cool post on The Producers Union Blog. It’s a great article with “Steps To A Great Mix“. There are a few extra tips here that I have never tried, so I am eager to get to work.
Here is an excerpt from the post… Before applying any effects on your instruments you need to think about the following :”What do I want to achieve?”
Do you want to shave 1dB of the peak of the kick? If yes, then by all means do it, its how it sounds in the end that matters, how you get to your vision is not important.
My way to have everything to blend is as followed.
1.Set your master to MONO
2.Set all faders to -inf.
3.Move the fader up with the most important element
4.Move the other faders up 1 by 1 picking again the more important elements first EG: after you have your vocal level, start doing the kick and snare
5.Once you have a nice balance in MONO (you can hear all the elemements the way you want them, change your master to STEREO……….
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