Mixing Vocals With Two-Track Instrumentals

This may be a hot topic in today’s world of recording. Every professional song producer and audio engineer have an opinion on this area of interest. Some producers and engineers believe that you can get a professional healthy and balanced production when you are mixing a two-track instrumental with different vocal stems. Other producers and engineers are holding on to the concept that you have to mix the vocal stems with the lost music multi-track parts to get professional results.

I’m possibly not here to take sides. I’m here to help independent designers who are recording over pre-mixed instrumental tracks produce a finalized song that will sound competitive to those major label painters who are recording and mixing in million dollar studios.

Reasons points that I would like to implant into your mind is the most vital piece of equipment you will ever own is your ears. Home taking technology has come so far from where it was. You can receive professional results in a home or project studio these days.

Aquiring a good understanding of some basic recording knowledge is key to getting the ideal results from a home recording session. I’m going to focus this text on helping you understand how to get a better end result after you have undoubtedly recorded your vocals. Just remember that you have to start with a great appearing instrumental and properly recorded vocals. (That’s a whole several other topic).

Let’s begin by talking about the instrumental tracks and even beats that you lease online. Most producers that are booking and selling their beats online are providing you with a good completed production. The track is formatted in melody structure (intro-verse-hook-verse 2-hook), fully mixed, and most of the time grasped. This is a double-edged sword. It’s great for the artist in terms of the beat is sounding hot without having to spend time and revenue going to a studio for an audio engineer to work most of their magic. On the negative side this can cause some creating issues because the level of the track is at its best. In mastering (most of the time) one of the goals could be to keep the levels at or as close to 0 dB as possible. Anything over 0 dB is going to cause distortion.

If you mix your vocals with a pre-mastered instrumental you may be more than likely going to hear clipping. Clipping is when the end product volume is exceeding 0 dB and causing the audio mix to distort. (You will be able to hear a trimming type sound in playback) The clipping will manifest when the vocal and track are playing together. A better solution may seem very logical. Decrease the volume of the instrumental, ideal? That might solve the problem of clipping, but now the songs has lost its punch.

Never fear because this good friends compressor and limiter are here! By applying good compression to the vocals, placing a limiter on the master harmful, and balancing the ratio of track verses componente your final product will sound superb. In a nutshell that is the real trick.

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