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Mix Smart by Alex Case

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APPENDIX A

Plugging In

 

 

No amount of mix inspiration can be realized if you don't hook things up correctly and use available resources wisely. Philosophically, there are two approaches to adding effects to a mix: parallel and serial processing.

A.1 PARALLEL PROCESSING

Consider first the use of reverb on a vocal track (an effect discussed in detail in Chapter 9). The right dose of reverb might embellish and support a vocal track that was recorded in a highly absorptive room with a close microphone. It is not merely a matter of support, however. A touch of just the right kind of reverb (known in the studio world as “magic dust”) can enable the vocal to soar into pop-music heaven, creating a convincing emotional presence for a voice fighting ...

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