i am a game developer and designer, and want to make a musical game, that playing it make sense like watching a music video.

normal music in games are not so emotional, there are so many silent moments in games, i want to fill these moments and create a game that it's music seems as a music video.

but i don't know how should i start learning mixing sounds and musics... can you suggest some tools, tutorials, books, papers and ... about mixing sound, for dramas, music videos, movies and games?


thanx for every one. actually my biggest problem is with art of mixing, imagine the writing, it wants no tool, but there are many books explain how to write. what about mixing? doesn't it has any book or tutorial about it's artistic view?

i mean:

how to select right sounds for mixing? when each Effect is good for? which sounds are good to come together? how to achieve mixing Smooth Transitions? ...

i know there is some tips on the net, but is there any book or tutorial about this view of mixing? what's the name of it's area?

closed as too broad by Todd Wilcox, Tim, Doktor Mayhem Jun 12 '16 at 7:15

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  • Many learn by doing - i.e. recording something, maybe themselves, and then mixing it. Other learn by going to school. – Todd Wilcox Jun 11 '16 at 16:11
  • thanx for you'r answer. but when i start mixing some sounds together, i actually don't have enough art to do this, i think there should be some books or training material , that help me learn this. i think mixing songs has some fundamentals, hasn't it? i want to just learn some fundamentals about it ... or even some tools that perhaps makes it easy to learn ... (and about school, actually i don't have enough money and perhaps time to go to school:) ) – yaya pro Jun 11 '16 at 16:28
  • There are plenty of resources for mixing, just like for any subject. Have you searched the web? Have you searched for books on Amazon or some other online bookstore? Have you searched YouTube? It's just such a huge question, there is no short answer. – Todd Wilcox Jun 12 '16 at 5:58
  • Yaya - you need to try and shrink this way too broad question down to focus on one thing. Joseem has some good guidance on starting with recording levels. As to the 'art' of mixing - as Todd pointed out, that scope can be years long! – Doktor Mayhem Jun 12 '16 at 7:17
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    @Andy - thanx. i didn't know that, i see that by your suggestion, it was cool. – yaya pro Jun 14 '16 at 1:41

Your question is broad, but there is already some info about tools in other answer, so I'll focus on the mixing process.

A possible approach to begin with (and many experienced musicians use it too) is what could be called "mix as you go".

Start with your first track and adjust its master fader so that the track meter stays around -18dB most of the the time (that's -18dBfs or full scale, the scale usually used in a DAW to measure output volume, where 0 dB is the maximum volume allowed by the system).

Add your second track and adjust the relative volume as you like it. Add your third track and do the same, and so forth.

Keep an eye on the meters (for each track, and specially the master output) to ensure that there is no clipping. If there is clipping on the master output reduce the master fader until there isn't.

Building your mix little by little this way is much easier, specially for a beginner, than starting with all tracks with their faders at 0dB and trying to decide what tracks to boost and what tracks to dim down. The key point is that as you add another track, you listen carefully and for as long as it takes, doing small adjustments to that track's fader, until you're satisfied with the current result.

There is much more than this even to a basic mixing; the next steps would to be automate the faders for point volume adjustments, and next some doing EQ, introducing effects, etc. But the initial volume mix is the single most important step for a good mix and will suffice many times for a demo or work in progress track.

  • Thanks. It's cool. My question is broad because I want to know every thing about it. What about the art , not process? Is there any fundamentals about where each sound is good for? How to mix to achive fear, sad and other emotions... Is it just art that I can learn just by doing myself? – yaya pro Jun 12 '16 at 0:31
  • I guess like in any other art form, you convey emotion by applying technique in a thouhgful manner. But mixing is perhaps a specific case, as although an art form in itself, it works together (and to serve) the music. Ask your self what emotions is the music trying to convey and how can the mix help that, using the mixing tools that you have and know how to use. – José David Jun 12 '16 at 1:09
  • Sometime I saw a tutorial about making sound for an advertise video... He choose some sounds amount houndreds of sounds ,and mixed them togeder... But he doesnt explained why he choose each sound...Actually I want to see some tutorial that explaine the art of doing this... But when I search in YouTube and ... I just find some tuturials about how to use tools...so should I learn it just by my self and doing? Is'nt there any tuturials about explain it from art perspective? – yaya pro Jun 12 '16 at 1:39
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    @yayapro "I want to learn everything about it". You realize that's a lifetime of learning, right? And in terms of "how" you learn to mix, the same way you would learn anything else. Reading, school, practice, etc. – Todd Wilcox Jun 12 '16 at 5:56

Some great tools for making game music are FL Studio, LMMS, and GarageBand. There are plenty of tutorials on the internet as well.

  • Thank you. I already worked with flstudio and learned it. Do you know any easier and lovelier tool that I can focuse just on mixing... And perhaps with some audio effects and ... that help me from art perspective, not just provide tools... – yaya pro Jun 12 '16 at 1:02
  • You couls try GarageBand. – Amorris Jun 12 '16 at 3:53

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