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Mihkel Zilmer - Cinematic Music Production Tips

Mihkel Zilmer

Senior Member
Hello VI crowd!

Time for a bit of shameless promotion of my YouTube channel...
Some of you might remember my Cubase, VEPro & Lemur template video series from 2017.

Well, a little while back I started making another video series - a collection of short and (hopefully) sweet tips for cinematic music production.
Anything and everything to do with samples, audio plugins, gear, computers, workflow and so on.

I make these videos in my downtime between film and game gigs, which is why they tend to turn up at a rather erratic pace, thanks for your patience!

Also, if you have any questions about the topics I've covered, or any suggestions for other topics you'd like to hear more about, then let me know and I'll try to address them!

Thanks for watching! Here are the first 4 videos of the series, I'll post more as I upload them:

 

Alexandre

Member
yes thanks! I am very grateful for Pros taking time to make tutos on cubase...and even more so when they do it well!
 

Rob Elliott

Senior Member
Wonderful Mihkel. Still appreciate your routing scheme (for stems). Just finished a 120 feature and cannot tell you how much time I saved using your ideas. THANKS A TON!!!!! Looking forward to checking out these new ones.

edit: watching more of your production tips vids and WOW - these are so well laid out. Just excellent!
 
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Mihkel Zilmer

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Thanks Rob!

New video is up. Not so much about production this time, but more about how my template and setup has evolved since 2017 when I originally made the template videos. Details on how I route the multi-mic setup described in the multi-mic mixing video start around 3:07

 

Brueland

New Member
Any chance to share some of these projects or templates? Or would you rather recommend to go ahead and set it up on my own if I'm using Cubase Pro 10 and not Nuendo? Alternatively, it would be awesome if you made a video on the exact differences in terms of routing and setup. By just looking at the recent videos I'm unable to get a full grasp on what has evolved since 2017. Great work!
 
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Mihkel Zilmer

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Apart from the surround routing, everything else I've already pretty much covered in the latest video.
I do suggest building your own - no better way of getting your head wrapped around a more complex setup like this and more importantly everybody has their own preferences, I am more trying to provide new ways of thinking about things..

For surround routing, I'll definitely make a video at some point, but am getting pretty busy with a new film at the moment, so no promises.. and first, as I've already recorded two more production tips videos on other topics, will edit those as a priority when I can.

I'll give you a brief overview of the routing for now - I am using something that has been requested from me during the last couple of films I've worked on - instead of 5.1 files - stereo front and rear pairs. They wanted full control over when & how much Center channel is used and asked for stereo pairs rather than 4.0 for ease of use. So I am routing Room & Ambient mics into "rear" stems. These stems have their own reverb and FX sends, separate from the main stems. When delivering stereo I simply route these rear stems+FX into the main stems, otherwise I keep them separate.
 

rlw

Rod Wilson
Michael,

Super impressive videos. I really appreciate your tips, template overview and particularly your willingness to share such insightful experience and knowledge. Thank you very much.
 
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Mihkel Zilmer

Mihkel Zilmer

Senior Member
Michael,

Super impressive videos. I really appreciate your tips, template overview and particularly your willingness to share such insightful experience and knowledge. Thank you very much.
You're most welcome! I'm happy to share my knowledge with the community.

And - here's the next video - EQ: High Pass Filter. This one is a little controversial as many people blindly throw a HPF on every channel. But I don't agree with that and instead think that: 1) less is more when it comes to processing audio, especially if we are talking orchestral samples; 2) nothing should be done by default while mixing, everything should have a good reason and every tool should be used with a bit of caution.

 

kingy75

New Member
Hey Mikhel,

Your videos look super helpful, thanks so much. Looking forward to checking them out today.

I have a mixing question if I may.

All my work is currently using virtual instruments and I've gain staged all my tracks (in my initial project) so they're peaking at around a maximum of -18dB. With these MIDI tracks, would you export them as audio tracks, import them into a new project and begiin mixing/adding eq/fx from there?

Would you normalize your new audio tracks first in the new project?

I have a reference track for my current project but it would be good to have some guidelines for what kind of levels to aim for to avoid clipping, if that makes sense.

Thanks so much :)
 
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