Mixing & mastering backing tracks

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Mixing & mastering backing tracks

Post  webkid on Wed Apr 14, 2010 11:20 pm

Hi, I do a lot of recording at home already, but want to sort out some backing tracks to use live, anyone got any tips or advice on this? Is it much different to mixing and mastering for a regular CD release?

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Post  palumohan on Wed May 26, 2010 5:48 am

Send it away to someone. Some people were born to mix and master, some people were not. I went to school for mixing and mastering, have a degree in it, and even I still send my music away because I just dont have the ear for it. Costs me about $100 to $150 per song and its radio quality when I get it back so its definately worth it(most people charge much more than this). To mix and master, in case you dont already know, you want to add FX to the instruments. Heres a tutorial on how to do that
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Mixing & mastering backing tracks

Post  krez on Wed Sep 01, 2010 3:45 am

I assume you've got everything recorded? Well, I use Reaper - link below. It's a good product, very comparable to others costing way way way more.

Mix the way you normally would - start with your drums, get them sounding right, then add in your bass (never mix bass solo, always mix with the band), your guitars, and your vocals. You may or may not prefer to mix vocals before bass and guitar - personal preference. The important elements to a metal track are the kick, the lead guitar, and the vocals, I figure, so those should take precedence, sonically, over the other elements of the music.

There are so many little tricks and tips that's it's hard to go into without knowing what you already know - you need to spend some time googling for information. "mix kick db" and "mix guitar db" has gotten me some good results.

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