Every time you record and mix music, How to Mix Music always reiterates that it is always a great idea that you have a vision prior to getting started, whether it is electronic music or acoustic music. It means that you should a clear idea of how exactly you would like your music mix to sound at the end of the process. And instead of coming up with a mix wherein all elements sound too loud or all of them compete for the attention of the listener, there are several things you can actually do to make your mix even more pleasing to your listeners’ ears in such a way that it will compliment the parts therein, or even be three dimensional.
As you start with the process of recording, it will be great if you will consider how you would like your finished product to end up sounding. Would you like to have a live performance feel to your recording, or do you prefer a more creative version that sounds like one recorded in a studio? There are some artists that sound much better when they perform live, and it would be great if you can capture the live performance energy of a band to achieve the best recording. If your goal is to have a livelier feel to your recording, then, you can optimally place several microphones within a nice room space which is adequate to capture the genuine magic of a band or artist. Putting some distance between the microphones and the instruments will also be able to add a nicer depth of field. You probably have a lead vocal or instrument. If yes, you can keep your microphone much closer to that specific part if you like to enhance the central role in plays in your music.
To achieve more creativity with your music mixing techniques, you can make use of pan settings, delays, and reverb in different degrees. You can vary the reverb amounts for every section or part of the musical composition. The close that you like something to see, it will require less delay and reverb. Diffusion settings and decay times can also make a big difference when you place sounds in the background, foreground, or mid ground. A short stereo delay will give a part even more prominence in your mix with no need for it to be dominating.
Obviously, the levels of volume can also further increase depth then form into a mix. Once again, you have to know the focal parts of your mix probably the instrumental or vocal melody line, and play and experiment with the rest of the parts in order for them to support and complement the central part instead of going against it or distracting your listener from the important parts of your mix.
The next time you want to make some mixes, don’t forget to apply these simple pointers for your music to have more depth to it.