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A Mix Engineers Glossary of Techniques

Introduction

Welcome
What are mix notes?
What you should know

1. Lo-Fi Mix Techniques

Lo-fi glossary
Make it lo-fi
Make it distorted
Add some grit
Add more saturation
Overdrive it
Drum destruction

2. EQ Mix Techniques

EQ glossary
Brightening something
Add more presence
Darken the bass guitar
Make it warmer
Make it more edgy
The vocal is too harsh
Adjusting muddy, tubby, or woofy mid-range bass tones
EQ and dynamics for acoustic guitars
Add body to the snare drum

3. Volume/Level Mix Techniques

Volume glossary
Faders and pan pots
Specific frequency EQ boost
Balancing conflicting requests
Balancing lead and background vocals
Blending male and female vocals
Inner balance of the drum kit
Manipulating the levels of drum samples

4. Ambience Mix Techniques

Make it more roomy or make it less roomy
Make it wider
Give it more space
Using ambience to position the drums
Give it more sauce and other specific examples

5. Location Mix Techniques

Location glossary
Applying spatial modifications to vocals
Affecting location in a stereo blend
Designing frequency specific location
Altering the spatial location of drums

6. Vibe/Attitude/Energy Adjustment Mix Techniques

Attitude adjustment glossary
Make the vocal crunchier
Getting a good feel with timing and EQ
Setting the chorus up for success
Augmenting the production
Other techniques for attitude

7. Compression Mix Techniques

Compression glossary
Basic principles of compression
Basic principles of peak limiting
Combining two processors for the perfect sound
Special processing: Multiband compression
Special processing: Transient design
Avoiding overdoing dynamics devices

8. Other General Mix Requests

Glossary terms that don't fall into a particular category
Unusual terms for basic mix moves
Understanding the aesthetic
Relating to transients
Other terms you should know

Conclusion

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