Posted on Apr 29, 2009 01:49 am
Member Since: Sep 03, 2008
Got a PC with XP Pro SP2, 1gig DDR2 and an M-Audio Audiophile 2496 Soundcard. I've also got a Soundblaster Audigy I could swap it for if anyone thinks my probs. are soundcard related (if I can find XP drivers for it!)
I'm a wannabe New Age musician - flute'n'strings, piano'n'strings, pads'n'orch. instruments. I have to use a noation package because I'm disbled, can't play a keyboard. Mouse, notes (blobs on sticks, oldskool, me!) and loadsa legit free samples/soundfonts.
I've got the full Sonalksis Mixing Tools set, done loadsa experimentation with it, got precisely nowhere because I don't know what combinations of tools do what. I know it's only supposed to be one question per submission but that would mean about 20 submissions! So I'm putting a little list here and hoping someone will answer one or two of them, or rub my nose in an article somewheres.
1.) Lots of these free samples come with 'built-in' reverb. Which is great but it means if you're using a few of them, the piece is drowned in reverb and you haven't used any! How do you get rid of unwanted reverb?
2.) Loudness. I'm routing the audio output through a hi-fi into its speakers (a) I'm too broke to buy expensive monitor speakers and (b) if it sounds good on my hi-fi, hopefully it will sound good on all hi-fis! Now I'm getting a nice high signal on my soundcard's monitors, but the sound from my speakers, on normal listening settings, is VERY quiet. I've got indie New Age CD's and they come out FAR louder. Would you say they're using GAIN on the overall track before changing individual instrument volume levels, to bring the sound up to 'normality' (if there is such a thing!)
(3) So you've got your 5 imaginary musicians sitting next to eachother - in a rock band it'd be 2 guitars, bass, drums, vocals = 5 sounds. Correct me if I'm wrong in any of this, please, they're not supposed to be statements of fact, just wanna know if I've got the general concepts right! It's PANNING that gets the sounds next to eachother. It's REVERB that gives the sound depth and 'distance' (along with quietness, of course!) Is it COMPRESSION that keeps the instruments apart so they're not 'getting in eachother's way (all shouting LISTEN TO ME....ME....ME....!?)
(4 - and last!) Would you work on each sound separately - compression, etc. - and THEN sit them next to eachother or would you constantly be listening to all the sounds together and adjusting as you go along? I've yet to achieve a a clear, pleasing track using either method :-( so I don't know which to carry on trying with!
Well - hope someone points me in a tutorial's direction or decides to answer one or more of these. I've got at least 100 of the WORST mixed New Age pieces you've ever heard - they'd be GOOD if ONLY I could get the mixing trick sorted!
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