1. Fab

    Panning bass guitars off center to fit better with picture?

    Hi, Just curious if this is a thing people do? I have drums and bass playing in sync as normal but it's a little cramped in that area once dialogue and sfx go in. Is it a normal idea to maybe pull the bass and or drums to the right a little? My thinking is that orchestra set ups have basses...
  2. P

    Really comfy headphones for mainly composing / working late < $200

    Hey there, I am looking for a pair of extremely comfortable, and therefore probably light weight headphones, that I can wear for a few hours at night time, when noise is an issue, that won't tire me physically or lead to audio fatigue. Unlike many others that have asked the question, I am...
  3. nuyo

    Mixing with Saturation ? Plugins ? Theory ?

    I heard a few people talk about using Saturation for Mixing. I experimented with some of the Soundtoys Plugins. I noticed that the sounds get more consistent like I used Compression. Some of their Plugins have multiple Saturation Modes. Some of them make things more harsh and some of them sound...
  4. J

    Piano reverb for orchestral music

    For using reverb for piano tracks in a song, what is the best way to add it to other orchestral instruments and keep the timing of the reverb consistent with everything? I want to try using a separate reverb for the keys instead of just keeping all the instruments under one reverb bus. Currently...
  5. W

    ProTools Crackles on Playback and Mix Print post-export

    Hello, So I am trying out protools to see if I'll want to purchase the DAW once I'm done with my master's program. I'm running into a major issue right now though and I'm getting crackles on playback..! I'm near the end of my program and this hasn't happened all year. These are all audio...
  6. H

    Cinematic Studio Series Libraries Causing White Noise/Hissing

    I'm working on an orchestral piece in Reaper right now, and the volume of the hissing increases with the dynamics being played by my CS Strings, Brass, and Woodwinds. I otherwise love these libraries, but they really add up to bothersome hiss for me. I've tried using close mics, but I'm not a...
  7. C

    BBCSO Pro custom mix based on real mixes?

    I'm planning on getting BBCSO Pro next time it's on sale. Mixing is a huge factor into how much I like a recording. BBCSO Pro has an unprecedented amount of mic positions to emulate real recording styles. I'm wondering if anyone has mic signal combo suggestions to get the kind of sound I want...
  8. Voider

    Orchestral mixing - 3 different reverbs vs. 1 reverb for everything

    Hey fellow composers! A topic that has been discussed here many times, but I have some specific questions and would like to structure this pretty clear. My usual approach when mixing a composition with enough orchestral instruments isto treat it like a "real orchestra", is to set up a close, mid...
  9. Soundiron Team

    Soundiron | Tips & Tricks: Using Guitar Pedals As Plugins

    In this Tips & Tricks video, Craig Peters shows you how to utilize guitar pedals as plugins in Cubase. He demonstrates how to connect pedals into your audio interface, routing within Cubase Pro 11, creating FX tracks using sends, and much more. The pedal used in this video is the Flux Echo by...
  10. ricoderks

    Project colossal - css template

    Hi everyone! I've been busy with an ambitious template called Project Colossal. Its designed to work with the Cinematic Studio Series. It delivers a clear, transparant orchestral sound. This results in an even better and realistic balance while programming your music. Something very valuable to...
  11. Aleela

    Mixing and Mastering Books

    Hi! Can anyone recommend me some Mixing and Mastering books? From the beginner level up to the expert level. Thank you!
  12. Sseltenrych

    Best DAW for Mixing and changing Tempo often

    I am planning to mix and produce some songs, each containing around 6 tracks (combination of VSTs playing Midi and Audio Wav files). In order to get them sounding more human and live, I plan to change the tempo frequently (but subtly), slowing and accelerating often. Currently I'm working in...
  13. Voider

    Reverb on each track vs. Reverb groups

    Fellow composers, how do you approach reverb especially in productions that have orchestra parts in it but aren't classical, e.g. hybrid stuff or cinematic music. Do you find it better to group instruments into the same reverb (for instance based on their distance to the listener) for a more...
  14. S

    The Empire Strikes Back panning

    Hey! I have been wondering that has someone else noticed how fricking wide the panning is on The Empire Strikes Back? Why would that be so wide? Is It mixed by different person than the rest of the Star Wars series cause the panning in other soundtracks aren't so wide? And I have to say...
  15. R

    Mixing Real Violin Takes together with VST Violin Sections

    Hi, It would be much appreciated if someone could give me any guidance on this: I would like to use a VST Violin Section together with 8 violin takes which was recorded from one violinist. So, how should i pan these 8 violins? Some notes: 1. Almost always i'm using engineer for my tracks. I...


    Hey Guys! I hope everyone is well, please someone correct me if this isn't allowed... I run a remote mixing & mastering service and production studio with the goal to help artists achieve great quality songs and productions at a discounted rate because of everything that’s going on atm so if...
  17. MatthewVere

    I Asked Arnold Schwarzenegger To Teach You About Compression

    Hey everyone - I hope you learn something new and have a laugh along the way :D Chapters: Intro - 0:00 Compression Overview - 0:43 Threshold - 2:20 Ratio - 5:20 Attack and Release - 8:38 Example - 10:16
  18. philmcgowan

    Cobra Kai Season 3 Mixing Walkthrough

    Hey All, I mixed the score for Cobra Kai and did a video walkthrough of my mix of a big action cue from the last episode. Hope you all enjoy! -Phil
  19. M

    BBC-OS: which EQ moves?

    I've been using Spitfire BBCOS Pro for one year now and have curiosity to know which EQ moves people find adivisable.
  20. David Han

    Panning sounds different between headphones

    For some reason, I can never get the panning right and it's getting quite frustrating. Perhaps I'm doing something wrong but I find some sample libraries (CSS,CSB) are recorded rather narrow so I like to pan them separately to widen the stereo image. My problem is when I do the panning in one...
  21. J

    Anybody taken this course?

    Has anybody here taken this course? It's on sale now and Dennis Sands is a very accomplished mixer, and I would like a refresher course to take. However the website looks a little clickbait-y so I just want to make sure it's not total garbage before dropping the money. Course link...
  22. David Han

    How to get dry mixes like Michael Giacchino?

    I noticed Giacchino's scores always mixed quite dry but still have a very rich tone and strong body. Does anyone know how to achieve something like that with samples? or have tips on how to mix like that? To give you some examples,
  23. Bluemount Score

    Do you add reverb to Metropolis Ark?

    I'm currently in a mix situation (90% Metropolis Ark 1- 4) where I find that additional reverb (tails) make everything muddy. Using lots of Surround / Room mics and Teldex is pretty wet by itself. Just added some to the a6 Harp ensemble, because you know, Harps...
  24. dman007

    What are your favourite or recommended VST plug-ins for mixing?

    What are your favourite or recommended VST plug-ins for mixing? Do you prefer one brand over another and why? e.g. Waves, UAD, Slate, IK Multimedia, Brainworx? Others? In your view, are there any real stand out plugins that these companies make? Any type, e.g., compressors, bus compressors...
  25. M_Helder

    Confession of a plugin addict

    Hi, my name is Mark and I am a plugin-holic. I have accumulated a plethora of plugins over the years, so many in fact, that my plugin manager has become a literal maze of folders and names. It even started to throttle my production as i kept scrolling through a seemingly endless list of...
  26. Bluemount Score

    EQing / Mixing fundamental frequencies

    Handling the fundamental frequencies of instruments has always been a difficult task in the mixing process for me. Naturally, it's often the by far most audible frequency (especially at high dynamics), so very often I have the urge to cut it with (dynamic) EQ by quite a bit, until it doesn't...
  27. nuyo

    Smiley Face EQ in Orchestral Hybrid Music ?

    After I went trough a few post on VI, I kept reading smiley face EQ from time to time. I always saw that in combination with EDM Kicks. Is this a thing in Orchestral/Hybrid/Cinematic Music and for sound design ? Are there any existing resources that I can study about that and are there any key...
  28. João Pinto

    Cubase Stems Out of Sync / Misaligned

    Hi folks, I've got an issue here and I was hoping someone could help me out. I'm trying to use Cubase's "export multiple" option to bounce my 70 orchestral tracks. The thing is, since I'm using multiple Kontakt libraries with different sample starts, I had to use the delay compensation...
  29. nuyo

    EQing an Instrument to the back ?

    What Frequency ranges should I EQ to move an Instrument to the front or back of my mix. I know that sounds appear to be closer when you increase highs and lows, but are there any other "tricks".
  30. nuyo

    Drastic Panning the Orchestra ?

    Why do people say you shouldn't pan Orchestral sample libraries ? I know they are "pre panned" but in our stereo we can pan things much further to get a clear and defined sound. Or is it the realism aspect ? I don't think anybody would listen to a well sounding cue and be like: "Man that cue...
  31. creativeforge

    70's Folk & Prog Rock cover - ready for mastering?

    Hi all, I'm looking for a few people who would have interest and time to listen to a song I'm completing? Since February I've been working on a cover of a song from a 70's band (still performing). Acting as both producer and musician, I hired musicians to contribute their talent to play...
  32. SwedishPug

    How do you simulate wide mics?

    Hey everybody, hope you're well. I was wondering what people do to simulate wide microphones in their DAW (because many sample libraries don't include wide mics). I know that there must be a way but I can't quite figure out how to do it naturally or optimally. Thank you! I've learned so much...
  33. nuyo

    Question about Stereo Width

    This is how an individual instrument in my mix looks like: This is how my full mix looks like: This is how my reference track looks like: Does someone have an idea what is happening here ?
  34. nuyo

    Is the highest Instrument always the most audible Instrument ?

    I'm analyzing other mixes to find out why my stuff sucks. ^^ What I noticed is that when I listend to them on a very low level, I usually hear the highest Instrument (that plays the melody) and the percussion. That isn't the case in my bad mixes. Could this be some kind of rule ? At least in...
  35. nuyo

    Best Limiter for creating big fat Sausages...

    I tend to get the best results with Ozone, the Waves Ls seem to work if you use them delicately but not very aggressive.
  36. V

    Why doesn't it sound as good on phone speakers? Feedback on mix?

    Hello, I put out a track on youtube, however it sounds different on phone speakers, as if it's almost too bright. I spent a whole day trying to level the volumes as I wanted. I'm still a beginner, so I'll take any type of feedback as constructive. Here's the track:
  37. Bluemount Score

    Best mixes you've heard

    Just curious for some examples of music you heared that you consider as very well mixed. Mainly interested in orchestral tracks, but could be literally anything, samples or live recorded.
  38. ChrisSiuMusic

    Inside The Score - Tranquility (Theory, Orchestration, Mixing)

    Hi friends! I’m so excited today to begin a new iteration of my breakdown series, broken down into 3 parts (music theory and composition, orchestration, and mixing). We’ll be taking a look into my newest Disney-style piece Tranquility. Today’s video is the 1st part, where we’ll explore the...
  39. xanderscores

    Mixing real viola/violin with OT samples - best practices?

    For my latest sample-based composition I commissioned a professional violist/violinist to record the solo string parts. Everything turned out great, but now I wonder what I can do to make the instrument parts blend really well with the rest of the orchestra (which is almost entirely made up of...
  40. nuyo

    EQ for adding high sparkle ?

    Do you have a favourite EQ plugin for adding high end to your tracks ? (I know every EQ can do this, but every eq interacts a little bit different to the source material) I'm talking about the stuff above 10khz.
  41. Fab

    SoundCloud Mastering Service

    I noticed this recently and although I currently prefer to do them myself, I wonder how many of you have tried this and is it similar to other online mastering technology (LANDR?) Moreover, it seems some people like to complain of the soundcloud compression being quite bad! If that is true then...
  42. Mark Kouznetsov

    Am I going in the right direction at all? (Mixing/Mastering)

    Hello, people! Recently, I finished my first orchestral composition (virtual, of course). I'm very new to this all but while the result in terms of composition was kind of okay, I've started noticing after uploading to Soundcloud that is sounded a bit dull? I know about SoundCloud's compression...
  43. ChrisSiuMusic

    3 Important Tips to Mix a Live Instrument into an Orchestral Mockup (ft. Tina Guo)

    Hi friends! In today's video, let's answer a widely asked question: How do you go about mixing live instruments in with an orchestral mockup? Let's discuss 3 considerations, and I hope you'll find these useful and practical for your own workflow. Please enjoy! In case you'd like to hear the...
  44. Soundiron Team

    Tips & Tricks: Creating A Realistic Orchestral Space with Reverb

    In this Tips & Tricks video, Craig Peters shows you his approach to creating a realistic orchestral space with LiquidSonics Cinematic Rooms reverb. He shows you how to take dry orchestral instruments and place them into a beautiful hall, how to make more reverberant samples sound dry, using...
  45. amadeus1

    A Quick Illustration of my Mixing process, plugins, and sample libraries that I use to get broadcast quality

    Hi guys, I go through some plugins I usually use when mixing a cue and the steps I take to refine the sound to get broadcast quality. Best, Bill
  46. gohrev

    Experiment/Composition: Red, Purple, Orange – Colours of the Orchestra

    Hi everyone, I wanted to experiment with the various 'colours' within an orchestra, from growling bassoons to sugarcoated French horns. Wouldn't dare to call this an actual composition, but it taught me a great deal about orchestration and how to work with VSTs. (That said, I think the...
  47. ChrisSiuMusic

    How the Harmonic Series Makes Orchestration SO Much Easier

    Hi everyone! I hope you're well. I wanted to share with you a concept that not enough people talk about, and it really can make or break an orchestral arrangement: the harmonic series. I think many people have a natural ear for what sounds muddy or clear in an arrangement, but hopefully this...
  48. ethanay

    A very simple, compact analog-style recording and mixing signal chain and workflow?

    (I had a hard time choosing which sub forum to post this in, it's about gear and workflow, but I think mainly gear) TLDR I'm looking to put together my first dedicated (literally, tiny!) music production space. It will mostly be focused on composition, arrangement, recording and mixing...
  49. nuyo

    How to get that fat JXL, 2WEI sound

    The question might sound simple to you but I'm sure a lot of people face the same or a similiar problem. My own mix sounds always much thinner than my reference tracks. There is usually to much harshness in the highs, a lack of stereo depth and "lowiness". When I compare them to other tracks...
  50. Caladrius

    Modern Orchestral Instrumental - Feedback

    Hey! Would love to see some feedback on this: I'll add a poll cause it's easier for people who don't want to comment. Comments would be appreciated, though.
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