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PhilLarson says

I’d like your help and this is something that I don’t think really has been discussed much here in the forums. I would still consider myself somewhat new at this – composing music. And what I’ve really come to grips with is my need for improving my mixing and mastering skills. So, I’d like to know what you guys know, if you’d be willing to share, because I have a lot to learn still, in my opinion:

I did much of my learning of midi early on in FruityLoops and Reason. Most of my instruments early on have been mono instruments. Almost 2 years ago, I started working with a lot of EastWest/Quantum Leap sound libraries and with it came better samples and stereo instruments.

What I’ve found is that the higher-quality stereo instruments create a more “real” sound to your compositions, add depth, and also add another level of complexity to mixing and mastering (now you got 2 pan knobs to work with, not 1! :D ). While you lose some depth and “realness” to mono instruments, there is also less complexity to the sound and I can seem to make a mono instrument pop up much more up front in the mix than stereo instruments at times.

My questions for you: Is it smart to have a mix of both in a song? How do you choose to use a mono version of an instrument vs. a stereo version when composing? Am I right in saying that there is less complexity to mixing mono instruments and should I gravitate to mono instruments if it is a lead part that I want way up front in the mix?

Am I making any sense? I kind of feel stupid for asking this. But I’m still learning (which I believe we always need to be doing)! Thanks for your help! :)

Phil

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PhilLarson says

My submission: Motivate – http://audiojungle.net/item/motivate/4412195

Thanks, Trav!

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PhilLarson says

My upright could use a tuning, pink! Wanna drive to Indianapolis and help me out? :bigwink:

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PhilLarson says

Were I thinking clearly, I suppose I would have realized it’s not just for AudioJungle but for all marketplaces. I think it should scroll right to view more featured items like the items from the people you follow on your homepage. But cool addition!

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PhilLarson says

All Items >> Featured Files

:sunglasses2:

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PhilLarson says

Thanks Phil!!! I really like this guy, Graham. I follow his youtube channel: The Recording revolution. It is very interesting and you can learn a lot of stuffs there. But there is something even better than that: this guy is running a website named Dueling mixes… The idea is that every month they upload the complete stems of a song for you to mix, and Graham and the other guy mix the same song, and upload a video explaining every decision they made while mixing. This has improve my mixing a lot! So if you guys can, check it out!

Really interesting. Took a look into it. I see it’s $27/month to become a member. Gotta think hard about that one. I’m sure it’s worth it, but I’m not one if those rich authors… ;) But of course it would probably pay for itself for people like us. Maybe when I get a file feature I can justify it (wink, wink) ;)

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PhilLarson says

Thought this was a good video to share. Helps keep us in a good mindset when mixing.

http://themoderncomposer.com/2014/03/07/the-simple-secret-to-mixing/
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PhilLarson says


Dysko, the app is currently not working for me. Anyone else?

Hi there… Envato changed something in the back-end… My server was rejected by Envato server bcs it was not sending browser info about himself… Anyway, server now is pretending to be iPhone :) And it should work… Keep me posted…

ps. Can anyone confirm is app working now?

Thanks for the quick response. I’m sorry to say it still doesn’t seem to be working for me.

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PhilLarson says

Dysko, the app is currently not working for me. Anyone else?

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PhilLarson says

...and there we are! Congrats MusicToSuit!

This thread can be locked down now, if you want. ;)

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