Ten tips for breath­ing life into lack­lus­tre mixes

Computer Music - - Contents -

For many years, stu­dio engi­neers and mu­sic pro­duc­ers were con­stantly wish­ing for cleaner, crisper-sound­ing equip­ment in or­der to make their job that bit eas­ier. In­deed, it was the very im­per­fec­tions that came as a by-prod­uct of work­ing around the lim­i­ta­tions im­posed by things such as nat­u­rally dull ana­logue tape record­ings, noisy mix­ing con­soles or low-qual­ity dig­i­tal gear that di­rectly or in­di­rectly con­trib­uted to the over­all sound of records made in the 1970s to 90s. And that’s par­tic­u­larly true in the case of elec­tronic gen­res such as house, techno and rave.

How­ever, we now live in an age where 100% re­peat­able, high-def­i­ni­tion record­ing and pro­duc­tion sys­tems are king, and, con­versely, pro­duc­ers and engi­neers are look­ing to add a bit of that lost mojo into con­tem­po­rary pro­duc­tions. Well, guess what? We’ve got a killer set of tips aimed at adding move­ment, vibe and mojo to your en­deav­ours!

Over the next few pages, we’ll run through a bunch of top tips for get­ting a more or­ganic, less dig­i­tally per­fect sound inside the com­puter, all with­out hav­ing to re­mort­gage your house for that Neve desk you al­ways wanted. So if you’re keener than Austin Pow­ers to find your mojo, read on…

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