Ask Joe #51 – Re-Mixing: Good Idea or Bad Idea?

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Questions covered this week:

  • Should I use volume automation or clip volume?
  • Is it okay to go back and remix songs you mixed a long time ago?
  • What’s the deal with lop-sided overhead mic panning?
  • If you could just use one mic to record drums, what kind would it be and where would you place it?
  • How do you deal with latency when mixing through outboard gear?

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Ask Joe #49 – Spectrum Analyzers and Gain-staging

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Questions covered this week:

  • When should you use a spectrum analyzer and when should you ignore it?
  • Should my individual channel levels be lower than the level of the bus they’re feeding into?
  • Should I take a few recording classes at a community college?
  • Can you talk about panning?
  • Can you talk about your whiteboard in your studio and what’s on it?

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Ask Joe #46 – The Missing High End in Your Mix [Podcast]

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Questions covered this week:

  • How do I get the balance right on a mono mix?
  • Should I re-record these doubled acoustic guitar parts?
  • How to I find the missing high end in my mixes?
  • What do I do if I can’t seem to finish a song?

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Experiment with Panning to Improve Your Mix

I had coffee with a fellow audio engineer this morning, and he was talking about how big of a difference panning can make on the sound of a mix.

He told me a story about a test he had to take in engineering school. The test was done in a 5.1 surround sound mixing studio. It began with a Pro Tools mix that was routed to the center channel only.

The assignment was to create a mix by only changing the routing of the various tracks. My friend said he was amazed at how much of an improvement he was able to make.

Obviously, mixing into six channels of surround sound gives you more options that a two-channel stereo mix, but don’t downplay the effectiveness of panning changes.

Panning vs EQ

A big part of the mixing process is using EQ to carve out a place in the frequency spectrum for each instrument. You want the vocals, drums, guitars, keys, etc., to all blend together nicely without a lot of buildup in certain frequency ranges.


Creative Panning in Pro Tools [Video]

Here’s a fun little panning trick I use from time to time on pads/keyboard parts. Enjoy!