How To 

How to Set Up a Music Mixing and Mastering Unit

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The purpose is to get the best out of your multi-track recording by panning, time-based audio effects such as (reverb, delay, chorus), and adjusting levels. The goal is to model the arrangement of all your tracks to each other so that they make sense.

‘Step 1’
Mixing Software Selection

There are lots of Digital Audio Workstation to select. Which workstation is the best? That is for you to decide. Here are some of the best workstations to help you start your adventure.

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‘Take time to know your Audio workstation well’ . The savvy audio Mixer works with one DAW, which it knows genuinely. Don’t change your Mixer. Stick with it, and you’ll get all the benefits.

‘Step 2’
Setting up your audio mixing session

If you’re not sure how to get started, most audio workstations provide templates. ‘The templates include Pro Tools which’ helps in setting up session with tracks for: Organ / Bass / Drums / Click Track / 4 empty audio tracks / Guitar / Pre-routed Headphone Mix / Chorus return / Delay Return / Reverb Return.

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‘Step 3’
Name your tracks properly

This seems quite easy, but the truth is, after some time, you can’t remember where the fourth shaker is if it’s named as ‘Audio track 56.’ ‘Do yourself a favor and name all your tracks before you record them’ .

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‘Step 4’
Color code your tracks

Color code your records in different colors such as, make your guitar tracks blue, your vocal tracks yellow, and your drums white. ‘This helps with processes such as bussing and maintaining a track of layers’ .

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Take your chances. Mixing isn’t something you can master overnight. It’s all about risk-taking, instincts, and know-how.
 

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