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After seeing the theoretical notions here, let's put them in practice. How can we make our recorded instruments clearly distinct from one another, what frequencies should we boost or cut, where should we place the instruments, etc.

We are going to study the complete mixing of a song I wrote: Life.
Instrument after instrument, we will see what plugins and virtual instruments were used and how, and we will proceed until the ultimate mastering stage. Of course, this is my way of doing things, this is not a recipe that everyone should apply in all circumstances, but that's an example that can be used as a solid base, in order to know what amateurs can do when there's no outside help.

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Concrete exemple with a song of mine: LIFE

I made this song entirely in my home studio. And my home studio is only vaguely related to professional recording studios. It's just a room in the appartment, it isn't soundproof and my neighbors don't appreciate tube amps played in the evening. So I plugged my guitars directly into my audio interface (through a preamp) and used amplifier simulations for the guitars and the bass, an acoustic drums software instead of a real drum set, as well as software synthesizers. The only thing that produced some noise during the recordings was my voice. But that's a rather quiet song, vocally speaking.

Of course, before mixing it, the song doesn't sound like much, as you can hear below.
We are going to go from here...

No effects whatsoever are used in this version. The takes are raw, superimposed one onto another, the sound is monophonic (everything's centered) and the guitars are thinner than a fashion model... As for the drums, they sound really flat. To sum up, it lacks everything that could make it sound good. It's even hard to imagine that it will sound good.

Life sans effets
Here is the waveform of the song before mixing.

As we'll see in this tutorial, we are going to have to use some tools to make Life come to life (!). there:

This is the finished song. As you can hear and see in the graphics, the difference is huge.

Life complète
This is the waveform of the finished song
This song is called Life, I wrote it and recorded it in my home studio in October 2011, and made some modifications in the course of the year 2012.
Mixing in practice : Preparing the session | Bass | Drums | Rhythm guitars | Solo guitars | Keyboards | Vocals | Mastering
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06/02/2019, 18h49

06/02/2019, 18h49

Merci pour le tutoriel sur la création d'impulsion , j'ai capturé les signatures de mes cab Markbass traveler 121h 2x12 et le vieux combo Fender rockpro 1000 en 1x12 ,c'est tout à fait le son que je voulais. Je suis bluffé par la qualité , par rapport à ce que j'ai pu télécharger sur le web...! j'ai plus besoin de casser mes oreilles à volume fort pour faire des prises.

05/01/2019, 00h46

J'ai pratiquement aspiré toute la partie gratuite de ton site. Encore merci pour tout le travail fourni. Au fur et à mesure que je teste tout ce que tu propose, j'essayerais de faire quelques retours si cela ne te pose pas de problèmes.

Pour commencer, avec les 4 amplis de basse :
Sous Reaper (v5.961/x64), SBH-1 de IgniteAmps et Tumult de SimpleVST marchent à merveille. Très sympas les 2.

Par contre il y a un problème avec les 2 Hélian de Fretted Synth Audio : le volume de sortie se remet pratiquement à fond des que je relance la lecture depuis le début du morceau ou à chaque début de lecture d'une boucle. Je ne peux donc pas bosser avec.

04/30/2019, 21h23

Déjà un immense merci pour ce site somptueux, bien rangé, convivial... Pour la démarche de partage.

A propos de STUDIO DEVIL

"disponible sur le site officiel...mais il faut s'inscrire pour pouvoir le télécharger"

Il semblerait que non, enfin pas pour moi en tous cas. A voire. Info intéressante : apparemment, il peut fonctionner en stand-alone.

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Merci de votre visite !
D'accord, merci pour le tuyau pour Studio Devil. J'ai écrit ça il y a plusieurs années déjà et j'avoue que ça fait longtemps que je n'ai pas utilisé de plugins Studio Devil. Aujourd'hui, je trouve que les meilleurs simulateurs d'ampli sont à chercher du côté de Neural DSP (leur petit dernier, Archetype Plini, est une merveille), ou de Positive Grid (Bias Amp 2 est excellent). Bonne continuation musicale !

04/16/2019, 06h56

Just wanted to thank you for your time organizing this. It took me days to compile all of these in the past! I am switching to a new workstation. This will be very handy.

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You're welcome. I'm sorry to say that I don't have much time anymore to update my website, and some information are getting a bit old. Some day, I'll make new tutorials about mixing a song, with better techniques than currently available at the moment, but they're still valid to some extent. Thanks for your support!

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