Mono Mixing Pt. 2

February 2, 2016

 

Picking up where we left off yesterday, moving your sound to mono for the majority of the mix will make your life easy.

 

Most electronic instruments are not automatically compressed, making it difficult to control the volume.  This is a good thing, as the more dynamic range your instruments have, the more organic your sound will be.  I personnally do not care for a "brick wall" of instruments when making a beat.

 

So if you cannot solidify the level, the next best thing is to listen to the song in mono and see what it sounds like.  Certain sounds have a natural stereo to them, and when put in mono, the level will jump.  However, when you move back to stereo, suddenly the volume is extremely low and can be hard to hear.  Likewise the opposite can occur.

 

Locating these jumps in your mono mix and isolating them will provide you with two benefits: One, you will know to keep an eye out for that part of the song when you jump back to stereo, and two, you can seperate that part of the song and control the level independently.

 

Tune in tomorrow for the third part of this series!

 

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