Hi Rui, On Mon, 2002-11-25 at 12:46, Rui.Barata@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote: > I need advice in mixing related matters. I've never done it before and I > don't know where to start. Mixing is a bit of an artform and it takes a long time to get good at it. I'd like to think that I had a reasonable grasp at the basics, but I still have a lot to learn. There are many good mixing tutorials available on the net, this a good one: http://www.computermusic.co.uk/tutorial/bmix/bmix.asp (btw. there are lots of other good tutorials on various topics available here: http://www.computermusic.co.uk/tutorial/features.asp) It is possible to translate most processes over to working in fruityloops using a bit of careful thought and creativity. > Is it to do it with FL or is it better to use another software? > What shall I do first? There is no reason why you couldn't turn out quite respectable mixes using fruityloops alone. However, it may be easier to export everything and mix it in another application. Its largely down to the way you like to work, your budget, your computer hardware etc. Here are a few fruity specific mixing tips that I have found useful (basically this is my own procedure for getting ready to do a mix): - Try and get your track more or less finished as far as its basic form is concerned before you worry too much about mixing. - Feel free to add FX, play with volume levels etc during the composition stage of writing a new track. Save a copy of the track in this form (and back it up while you are at it) then mute everything and remove all FX from all channels and the master channel. - Divide your synths/samples/generators into 16 related groups, but try and keep the drums separated in their own tracks. Then assign these 16 groups to the 16 FX channels, even if you don't intend to add any FX. (during the writing stage I tend to leave FX channel 1 empty and just assign anything not needing FX to that channel, but that approach is not helpful at the mixing stage). - Name each of the FX send channels something useful (select the FX channel then right click on the title bar of the FX window). - Add a Fruity Send plugin to the last FX slot of each of the FX channels. These will act as your "faders" for each of the 16 channels, rather than sending audio to one of the FX send channels (the conventional use of the Fruity Send plugin). - Switch to pattern mode and go through each of the patterns in turn, making sure that the generators are making good use of the available headroom (i.e. the level indicators are showing a good level on each of the FX channels but not going over 0dB). Adjust the volume settings of the generators in the step sequencer (and in channel settings too if you can't get enough gain to get a good level). - Switch back to song mode and slowly introduce parts into the mix one at a time. - Perform all your level/pan edits using the Fruity Send plugin in the last FX slot of each FX channels (i.e. leave the levels in the step sequencer alone). - Follow a standard mixing tutorial from this point on. Other general tips: - If your song divides nicely into sections (into, verse, chorus etc) you may want to mix each section separately, recording automation for that section into its own dedicated automation pattern, that way you only have to mix the chorus once, even if it appears 3 times in the track... If you need variations on later repeats of sections, just clone the pattern and make the required changes. - Don't try and mix a whole track and get it "right" in a single sitting. Try and knock out a mix in an hour, or two hours at the most. Burn the mix to CDRW (or record it to tape) and leave it for a few days. Then listen to it on the hifi, in the car etc and make some notes on stuff that needs to be fixed/changed. Then sit down and make those changes before burning the new mix and listening to it again. Go round this loop until you are happy. Your track is then ready for mastering. hope this helps, comments and discussion welcome! Andy -- The contents of this e-mail and any attachments are confidential and may be legally privileged. If you have received this e-mail and you are not a named addressee, please inform us as soon as possible on +44 118 901 2999 and then delete the e-mail from your system. If you are not a named addressee you must not copy, use, disclose, distribute, print or rely on this e-mail. Any views expressed in this e-mail or any attachments may not necessarily reflect those of Tao's management. Although we routinely screen for viruses, addressees should scan this e-mail and any attachments for viruses. Tao makes no representation or warranty as to the absence of viruses in this e-mail or any attachments. Please note that for the protection of our business, we may monitor and read e-mails sent to and from our server(s).