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Re: OT: final mixing and mastering of film score....hints?
One thing I think I missed in your description. Per?
Are you saying to make a MONO mix? and then split THAT mix into 3; what of conventional placement stereo, arranging instruments around in the spectrum?
Generally I leave sampled instruments "in the middle" they are usually sampled in stereo and as such have some stereo "feel". but if Im duplicating midi tracks and assigning new instruments for "phatness" I of course pan things a bit, choirs I do this with. I usually use a sampled track centrally, then sing maybe 5 tracks myself, which I then place in an arc over the top of the original. SO I am creating stereo set-ups within the mix, to create space and width. thefore I MUST mix to stereo...
I can see using your technique for "special" sounds, like ambient drones and... um... more ambient drones...
I think this is very interesting..
I remember my band collegue doing months of tests in an very expensive studio where using phase, he tried to get an instrument to disappear if you closed the door.... ha ha... dont ask me.. i couldnt hear it... I think BMG got the bill for that ha ha!
On Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 10:35 AM, Per Boysen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Here's what you do in detail by a more technical description:
Ch A: Reverse stereo channels. Ch B: Invert phase. Now, when two
channels of reversed phase play back through the same playback channel
they nullify each other and the sum is silence. BUT here we made one
of them stereo reversed, which means that only the audio that is mono
- i.e. middle of stereo image - becomes nullified. Merging A + B gives
us a "hole in the middle" stereo image. The deepness of the black hole
and the width of the experienced stereo field depends on how you set
the levels of these two stereo busses. My finding is that 1 dB lower
for the phase inverted Ch B works best for the music I do (-1 dB that
is). Now enter Ch C, the "monofied" split, and fill up that hole in
the middle with this one. If the orignal mix is good this should stay
at 0 dB as Ch A.
-- Mark Francombe