Audio FX Best Practise

hozierschurch

New Member
Hey guys,

Currently I'm using folder stacks to organise groups of instruments (winds, synths, percussion e.t.c.) and using sends for reverb before routing to the final mix.

Aiming to achieve the 'big trailer sound' as a project but I guess these questions could apply to anything really ...

Is it best practise to apply Compression and EQ to individual instruments / or groups of instruments / or the whole mix?

Also, Kontakt is full of close, mid and stage micing. Should I be using 'close' if I want to deal with reverb as a send (or am I confusing 2 different things here?)

Is it the case that most orchestral VST instruments are already panned so I should leave this well alone?

Thanks for any advice!
 

Wibben

Active Member
There are plenty of discussions on this topic around here. Like this thread:
https://vi-control.net/community/threads/mixing-the-orchestra-eq-compression.65620/

As anyone would tell you, there are no rules here Every library will have its own problem areas and strengths.

The "big trailer sound" doesn't come from any secret compression tricks. You'd treat it the exact same way you would mix/treat any other style or sound you're after, you need to have an idea of what sound you're after. I would recommend watching some of the good resources on mixing that's out there and really learn how to identify issues and how to treat them. People like Mixing with Mike on YouTube or Dave pensado are great and full of useful tips and explanations of how to solve mix problems.
https://www.youtube.com/user/mpginsidervideo

https://www.youtube.com/user/PensadosPlace

These channels are very good and trustworthy. There's a lot of bad information online. Just because you have a screencaputure setup doesn't mean you know what you're doing and I've been lead down the wrong path many times,so be ca refuel if who you're listening to... Me included :P
 
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hozierschurch

hozierschurch

New Member
There are plenty of discussions on this topic around here. Like this thread:
https://vi-control.net/community/threads/mixing-the-orchestra-eq-compression.65620/

As anyone would tell you, there are no rules here Every library will have its own problem areas and strengths.

The "big trailer sound" doesn't come from any secret compression tricks. You'd treat it the exact same way you would mix/treat any other style or sound you're after, you need to have an idea of what sound you're after. I would recommend watching some of the good resources on mixing that's out there and really learn how to identify issues and how to treat them. People like Mixing with Mike on YouTube or Dave pensado are great and full of useful tips and explanations of how to solve mix problems.
https://www.youtube.com/user/mpginsidervideo

https://www.youtube.com/user/PensadosPlace

These channels are very good and trustworthy. There's a lot of bad information online. Just because you have a screencaputure setup doesn't mean you know what you're doing and I've been lead down the wrong path many times,so be ca refuel if who you're listening to... Me included :P
Thanks for the advice Wibben and the links! I'll have a good look through today. I'll trust the path you're leading me down :grin: