How to Create and Maintain a Sound Palette – Audio Premium

In this week’s Audio Premium content, Mike Elliott looks at how to create and maintain a sound palette in pre-production, recording, mixing and mastering.

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Have you ever listened to each individual track in a mix and think, “Hey, they sound awesome!” only to listen to the whole mix and go “eww…”? Well my friends, that usually the result of no coherency in your mix.

Just like the colors in a painting, a mix must flow in a way that makes sense for that song. Da Vinci, Monet, and Warhol paintings are all masterpieces in their own right, but mixing their styles would most likely render something less than desirable. The same can be said for a mix in which the drums, guitars, bass, vocals, etc. all sound great on their own but don’t make sense together.

In order a mix to sound great there needs to be a palette of sound colors that all work together to create a final masterpiece. In this tutorial you will learn the techniques to sculpt and paint your own sonic masterpiece from mic selection to mastering; all the while maintaining the coherency in the mix. If you are ready, push up your fader and lets paint!

Table of Contents

  • Choose Your Colors: Pre-Production
  • Get Your Colors: Recording
  • Paint a Picture: Mixing
  • Enhance Your Image: Mastering
  • Conclusion

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