At 8/13/12 06:29 PM, Birdinator99 wrote:
My track that I'm working on seems to be missing some of this -- that is, after viewing a spectrum analyzer on the master bus (during a busy part of the song), it's the frequency range that is noticeably quieter.
It's important to note that most effects, including EQ and compression, have already been applied. This is a pre-master, of course, so I guess that has a role as well.
I've compared my spectrum graph to other songs', and they all have much more of this range than I do (they sound "airier"). Any tips on getting it up to par? I don't think that adding more instruments at this point would be a good idea, but I'm curious as to the solution.
Is this sort of alteration mostly done in mastering? Could multiband EQ help me out here?
Here's a pic:
Mixing a track has always been a weak point of mine, and it's something I've been working a lot on in the past year, (lots of reading, listening, experimenting, etc.). A couple of things to note:
-- Multiband Compressors tend to do more harm than good at the mixing stage, but are sometimes used in the mastering stage to fix issues that could have been avoided earlier in the mixing process. I wouldn't aim to use a multiband compressor if you still have control of the mix.
-- What genre are you working with? This is really important! Take compression for example. Generally speaking, the philosophy with orchestral music is don't use much compression (if any). With rock, you probably end up compressing your drums to some extent (especially the kick and snare). With dance music, you'll almost definitely add some compression to your kick, to add more "punch" to the beat.
-- In general, when you're EQing, you want to "boost wide, cut narrow". If you're going to boost the 3-10 khz range, make sure it's a gradual, smooth boost so you don't neglect any frequencies. Also, you usually don't want to boost more than a few DB if possible -- any more than that and you should go back and look at the levels of your instruments and see if they're not balanced volume-wise.
Would it be at all possible to upload the draft of the track in question? If we could get a listen (Even to an excerpt), it would be easier to pinpoint the problem and suggest ideas. Spectrum analyzers are awesome, but it's only a snapshot.