Funny how I just listened to the mix again on some laptop extension speakers, and now I’m thinking that It needs way more compression. AAAGGHHH!!
‘Tis a never-ending battle. 🙂
Thanks Joe! I was mixing some of my jazz stuff last night and my mix bus compressor is the first thing that I keep an eye on.
I typically don’t compress, too much. But, using the compressor correctly sure can glue it up nicely.
Yeah. If you have the screen real estate available, it’s not a bad idea to keep the bus compressor open at all times, so you can quickly and easily see if you’re hitting it too hard.
I like the effect changing the attack times has like in this example, but it is really difficult to hear what the differences are sometimes…. would having displayed a spectrum analyzer in the master bus show the difference to help with trying to hear the difference?
I don’t think a spectrum analyzer would help, since we’re mainly affecting transients and dynamics, etc. While it does absolutely change/alter the tone, I don’t think a spectrum analyzer would help you hear that any better.
What I try to do is listen to specific instruments in the mix for changes. Usually, kick, snare, and bass. Of course, it’s easy to trick yourself into hearing things, too…which I do all the time. 🙂
Probably why I almost never do any mixing during allergy season or when I have a head cold… Wouldn’t know a great drum kit from a wet paper bag with a stuffy head…. 😛