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Well this is a big question, so let me start with a big answer: http://www.amazon.com/Mixing-Secrets-Small-Studio-Senior/dp/0240815807/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1426508544&sr=1-1&keywords=mixing+secrets Now for the smaller answer more approriate to this format. A good mix starts with the arrangement before you even record. If the ...


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It's all about practice and experience. You have to train your ears, you have to know your tools. Producing is not the same as mixing or mastering, some skills overlap but they need mostly different skill sets. There are tools and techniques that will help you judge the frequency balance of a mix. You might eventually not need them at all, though some of ...


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There is no blanket answer to your question. It depends. "It depends" isn't very useful though, so let's try to dive a little more into it. Advantages and disadvantages Generally speaking: Sample: Less complexity, less flexibility. Synthesis: More complexity, more flexibility. But it's not that simple, and the weight of those cons and pros depend on ...


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Are you recording "live" or building up the song track by track (perhaps in the mistaken idea that that's the "professional" way to do it?) Can the violin player hear the singer while playing her part (and is she LISTENING?) When good musicians are playing sensitively, very little "mixing" will be needed. A real stereo recording could be great - put the ...


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You can try through several mics and see what difference they make in the presence of the singer. Working with equalizers, however, results in "unnatural" sound. While microphones also influence the frequency response, they do it in a pretty consistent manner. But it sounds like what you are basically trying to do here is putting lipstick on a pig. A ...


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When should I use one over another? The big advantage of using samples is that it's easier to make your hits sound like real instruments. If you sample a snare drum, and use that sample, it will sound more like the real thing vs. a synthesized snare hit, which will more likely sound synthesized. One disadvantage of samples is they may need to be ...


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Here's what I woud try : 1) Eq - if you can reduce the more piercing tones of the violin (upper midrange?) it'll allow the voice to prod through a bit. This is probably simplest to try if you have parametric eq on your mixer. 2) Panning violins to each side - as Todd Wilcox suggested this can result in the violins still being 'in the mix' but the vocals ...



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