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How is this mix so clean?

Part of the answer is the fact that the cut is almost entirely made up of short and percussive sounds. With no sustaining voices or long release times there is not much material to clutter the same ...
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How do I remove the vocals/bass/drums from a stereo mix?

These days, what used to be referred to as "the holy grail of the misinformed" is getting closer to actuality. There are now applications designed to do exactly this task - isolate parts of ...
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Mixing Water / Water Fall BG's

Nice, a sound design question :) It's difficult to create a clear and not phasey ambience with water sounds, but in most cases it's a matter of less is more. How many different layers are you using ...
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Mixing Water / Water Fall BG's

I think it helps to play with the mix of water layers subtly so that the sound is always evolving. Lighter sounds on top of the the more body or base sounds and changing the mix up a little bit. ...
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Why some people high pass and low pass in final mixing? And why some don't?

Back in the days of analog & vinyl, rolling off the extreme bass frequencies had three primary reasons . No-one would ever hear it the needle would tend to get thrown out of the groove with ...
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How is this mix so clean?

What's notable about this mix is how it uses the stereo width. Only the lead synth (which has indeed quite a narrow frequency range with it's flute-like sound) and the bass parts are center, ...
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is there a common low-end level for a song?

Here, is there any common low-end level that every song should has? No or Does it just set by ear? Yes. In fact, it should be set by ear, not by eyes. Don't bother with what the spectrum analyzer ...
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Why aren't amplifiers aimed AWAY from the audience on live shows?

First off… pros don't just decide they want to turn their amp up halfway through a gig. That's what sound crews are for; there's one guy whose job it is to make sure everyone on stage can hear ...
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Why is my cutting equalizer increasing output level?

It's because it's a summed audio track. There are peaks and valleys now that have completely changed. think of three separate waveforms with totally different wavelengths. Now, you imagine the peaks ...
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Field Recording with SD-744t - Do I need a mixer?

The 744 only has 2 preamps, so if you want to record 4 channels you'll need at least a mixpre on the front end for channels 3 and 4.
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Type of hard disk for mixing?

All drives fail eventually, so a complete restorable backup is more important than how long any particular drive may last. All figures are bell-curves, one drive lasts 10 years, its twin fails on ...
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Getting a sub bass and a 808 kick to play well together?

One thing that would help us help you a lot better is you posting your kick+bass mix, and the kick and bass separately. That way we can solve the issue and tell you how we did it and what you probably ...
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Why is my mix sounding dull and amateurish?

I just took a very quick listen. It sounds to me like you're trying to change the character of the song+sounds in mixing - making it much more mellow or darker sounding. If that's the case, you ...
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In Logic Pro X is there a way to split the output of an audio track to two tracks (live)?

If your aim is to simply be able to see the buss/aux tracks in the "Tracks area"... http://support.apple.com/kb/PH13024?viewlocale=en_US ...then you can make the "busses"/"auxes" visible in the "...
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Festival requests DCP with mix level changes

This is a very old thread, but I just saw it. I am the technical manager of London Short Film Festival, and the author of the "how to make a DCP" guide the OP referred to. First off, I'm really ...
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Why some people high pass and low pass in final mixing? And why some don't?

In addition to jdlugosz's comment about its effect when the sound is reproduced (which should be an answer) it also provides additional headroom in the (digital) recording itself. The sub 30Hz ...
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Is there any tradeoff to get the best quality/file size ratio for mp3 conversion?

To get the best audio quality in your final lossy-eccoded audio file output at the smallest possible file size, you have to do 3 steps: sample rate convert from 96kHz to 44.1kHz, because the lossy ...
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What are important considerations when mixing and mastering a track for vinyl distribution?

This is a very big topic, I will start by redirecting you to a very useful site/article: Mastering for Vinyl from Recording magazine. Also I would like to state that I'm not a mastering engineer, I'...
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Conflict bass / leads

What you describe sounds like Buss/Master/Group Compression gone wrong. This effect sometimes appears when you have a compressor set to affect both the bass and the lead (via any of the Buss/Master/...
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Logic Pro X / Mastering / Volume / Soundcloud

"I mix everything as loud as possible". There is your problem. Right there. Mixing music is not about making it "loud". If you think it is, you are focussing on the wrong thing entirely. There are ...
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Downmixing audio on command line

to specify little-endian (intel) integer 16 or 24 bit wav file: afconvert -d LEI16 -c 1 --mix input_file.wav output_file.wav or afconvert -d LEI24 -c 1 --mix input_file.wav output_file.wav
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What are the correct audio levels for Voice and Music in a web promo video?

I find what coaxmw says to be true when I don't have a lot of music, so with primarily voice over. Regardless of Lufs and other standards for loudness, you should be mixing/leveling with your ears not ...
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Mixing Water / Water Fall BG's

Funny that you ask this, I was just watching a recorded webinar with Randy Thom where he speaks about designing the waves in Castaway and specifically how he kept them from sounding too noisy. He said ...
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Considerations for moving monitor mixes to the stage

It depends on how decent the gear is where you are playing. If they have cheap stuff, it might be a problem, but from the medium end on up, they should either be able to use channel line inputs that ...
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Sixties' sound mixing

Pan pots were not generally implemented on 60s' consoles – panning a signal would require sacrificing a precious entire extra channel, which explains rather well why you seldom find anything but ...
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Mix sounds terrible in PC, while it actually sounded good with headphones in other devices

If you want to do good mastering you at least need to buy monitor speakers. That's my answer and will solve your problem. The following are just for discussion and will not solve your problem: Also ...
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Why are these two recordings of the same event slightly different in length and how do I synchronize them?

Unless the recording devices are locked to each other or a common masterclock like a blackburst generator the devices will drift over time. The best thing to do is probably slice and readjust as ...
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Real-world use of analogue mixing and digital recording equipment combined

Not really an answer, but a bit long for comments… To echo Dave's sentiment; as owner of many old reel-reel machines, gathering dust in a junk room I would heartily agree. Keep them for if you ever ...
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5.1 surround headphones for mixing?

Working on headphones for a 5.1 mix is not a good idea. Nevertheless, what you might be looking for is a 5.1 to binaural renderer. An example of such a product can be found here : http://smyth-...
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What is the relation between high pass (low cut) filters and headroom?

Side note: BRHSM (OP) is refering to Geek Technique #12 in issue 222 of Computer Music magazine. Great question, BRHSM. I have three answers for you, but only one is true. I'll let you come to your ...
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