Ask Joe #75 – More Mixing Questions

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Questions covered this week:

  • When performing vocals (in studio) what do you do to prepare? Is there anything you do to warm up vocally, drink a lot of water, etc.? Just curious what your steps are to a great vocal performance.
  • My last 3 mixes have come out too harsh and bright; but I don’t hear it as harsh in my room. I know we are supposed to learn our speakers and all, but the difference from my speakers to the real world seems extreme. Is it just because I’m new to mixing and I just need to keep at it or would an upgrade in speakers from 3 inches to 5 inches help?
  • How do you approach mixing an album or EP?  Do you copy EQ settings? Mix all the songs in one project?
  • Do you or have you had a bias towards a certain instrument or voice when mixing? I’m a drummer and focus a lot on the bass. I often find one or the other or both can sometimes dominate a mix. Even after making adjustments to where I feel it’s more balanced I think it’s still a little heavy on the rhythm section. Maybe that’s just my sound or maybe I need more practice. Just wondering if you’ve experienced the same thing and what may have helped. Maybe it was just practice.

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Ask Joe #74 – Appendix Mastering

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Questions covered this week:

  • What’s your opinion about overproduced music, how will you know if it’s overproduced, and how to make it not?
  • Would you recommend mixing in mono and as the last step pan the stereo-image or mixing in stereo (set levels and pan first) and flip back and forth between mono and stereo?
  • The range of audio frequency humans can hear is usually said to be 20Hz to 20,000Hz. As such, when eq-ing during mastering, should you just cut off anything above and below that range? If not at what frequency do you suggest rolling of the top and bottom during mastering?
  • Watched your video about normalizing a voice over track for consistency. Why not do that will all tracks as a starting point for your mix?
  • Is the Shure SM57 the same thing as an SM58?

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Ask Joe #73 – Let’s Talk About Vocals

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Questions covered this week:

  • Do you actually “mix” on your “crap” speaker, or if you just use it to pick out problems and then go back and mix on your main monitors?
  • I have a home studio setup with three pairs of studio monitors, what is the best way to set up pairs of studio monitors?
  • When the singer hits some notes on my well EQ’d vocal,there are some frequencies that jump up and are annoying. Any way to get rid of those?
  • As a singer, what do you recommend to get better at singing in tune (live + recording) for someone with minor pitch issues?
  • How much silence (if any) do you leave at the very start and very end of a completed mastered song?

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