Music Production Made Easy: Monitoring and Mixing Guide

by Ronnie Lee

You require to make sure that every of the songs you record would be playing back at the correct volume for the listener. To start with, set your monitor level. The better way to do this is to first hear a song you’re genuinely familiar with. Be sure its a zero peaking song. Have it at the level it is suppose to be at. A pleasurable listening level. Once you’re at this stage, do not change the monitor levels but instead adjust the master track of the song you’re working on. It should sound at the exact level for listening. Then check the meter levels to ensure theyre not on over-load. If its on over-load then consider setting a limit rather than turning the level down. Make a note of the level setting that is on the monitor. You would have this in future to relate to.

Try to keep in mind that it is not how high you get the volume to, but the quality of the volume that’ll make the recording a success. Ideally, it would be to record the level of the instrument that its meant to go to not beyond it’s means. Technology is a tremendous tool but it doesnt win common sense and instinct.

Remember that you don’t need to record at the max volume. Several people would argue then why is it necessary to have a sixteen bit dynamic range it you are not going to utilise it. A come back to that remark will be why bother trying to record the cabasa at exactly 16 bits when it is never going to represent more than twelve bits anyway.

Numerous other issues of not wanting to have the sound cranked up to maximum is in the event you have to use a favorite. These’re not precisely user friendly when having to be utilized at low level. However if you record at logical and practical levels you could avoid redundant time consuming worries such as these.

You can end up with numerous large mixing problems if you are utilizing an analogue mixing desk long with something like hi-hat recorded at maximum, on digital multitrack. If numerous of the items are always peaking at 0 then when turned off, you’ll still hear them in the backdrop. This’s in reference to items like hi-hats, cabasas or cymbals for example

In this case, you shouldn’t be surprised to find every of that electrical leakage being reverb on the hi hat, as simply one cause. Items like bass drum and snare drum are meant to be played loudly but not the top kit items or the quiet instruments.

What im trying to say is to remember to find the reasonable levels. From there you have various leverage to work with, either up or down as the situation or sound or instrument dictates. In the very end, you’re going to end up with a superior piece of recording. After all music is all about sound.

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