Essential Mixing Tips for WIDENING the mix

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sburke1
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Essential Mixing Tips for WIDENING the mix

Post by sburke1 » Fri Sep 30, 2011 3:37 am

Hello, I have recently added a "WIDENER" effect rack on a return , to my template which consists of

1 a utility plug set to 190% wide
2 eq8 rolling OFF everything below 2k and boosting the highest frequencies a tad
3 saturator with plus 5db gain
4 a compressor doing slight compression.

I then send any sound that isn't bright enough to this send to add a parallel "crispy" layer.

This is nothing new to some people here I'm sure but I finally have been doing this and it has helped my mixes alot!

My question is, what else can I do to clear up and widen my mixes?

any good stereo imaging vsts out there? live racks people are offering for download? tutorials?

I have heard I need to make room for vocals in the middle.
I have heard to keep my sub bass mono.

What else can I do?
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Re: Essential Mixing Tips for WIDENING the mix

Post by simpli.cissimus » Mon Oct 03, 2011 8:08 pm

Have you tested your track now for mono compatibility???
With 190% widened I don't think it is...

If you really like to widen the proper way then use Brainworx Control.(or any other, but I use only this...! )
You can widen the side signal and leave mono untouched.
Make any track wide enough and keep your main sounds mono compatible.
No! I'll never use the Push-App Live 9 !!!

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Re: Essential Mixing Tips for WIDENING the mix

Post by kanuck » Mon Oct 03, 2011 8:10 pm

simpli.cissimus wrote:Have you tested your track now for mono compatibility???
With 190% widened I don't think it is...

If you really like to widen the proper way then use Brainworx Control.(or any other, but I use only this...! )
You can widen the side signal and leave mono untouched.
Make any track wide enough and keep your main sounds mono compatible.
he's using it as a return track so I'm pretty sure it should leave the original mono signal untouched

simpli.cissimus
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Re: Essential Mixing Tips for WIDENING the mix

Post by simpli.cissimus » Mon Oct 03, 2011 10:00 pm

O.K. ! my mistake... :oops:
No! I'll never use the Push-App Live 9 !!!

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Re: Essential Mixing Tips for WIDENING the mix

Post by salatspinatra » Tue Oct 04, 2011 11:17 am

What if you took a M/S approach rather than spreading the L/R further? Also, what are you getting from the saturator and compressor that's giving you a universal response to whatever track you're throwing at it? Or were these choices just subjective to what you liked and what typically works for your music? No right or wrong answer here, just trying to understand if your values have a universal application or if you just like the sound. Are you using an exciter on the "crispy" return?

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Re: Essential Mixing Tips for WIDENING the mix

Post by flowdesigner » Tue Oct 04, 2011 11:27 am

analog summing of bus effects like flanger, delays etc

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Re: Essential Mixing Tips for WIDENING the mix

Post by jackrabbit » Tue Oct 04, 2011 8:58 pm

This - http://www.klanghelm.com/ VU meter has mid/side reading which are great for analyzing, tweaking + correcting each channels stereo spread. Well worth picking up :)

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