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By XAdamDX on February 28, 2016 11:56 pm

I wanted to make something super loud and abrasive. Anyone who has any tips on how to mix something like this, I would appreciate it. I feel like the louder things get, the quieter the overall mix turns out.

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February 29, 2016 8:19 pm

Oh my goodness this is so good.  Here's my take on how to mix this track:

The basic problem is that you can't have everything be "the loudest element" - so you really have to make a choice.  In this song I feel like there are three main elements: screaming, kick drum, and noise.  I would mix them in that order from loudest to quietest (personal preference).  Your screaming has a bit of a high distortion sound to it, so you could mentally note that the screaming is going to have priority in that frequency range.  Light compression can help keep the screaming even, and it sounds like you've done that well.  Then you could consider that the kick drum has the priority in the low frequency range.  Then you basically have the noise elements fill in everything else.  One idea (I actually don't know how to do this exactly) is that you could do a EQ sidechain compression so that every time the kick drum hit, the noise would drop out, but just in that frequency range alone.  Not sure how that would sound.  And then you could use EQ to create a notch out of where the screaming is.  Another thing (and it sounds like you did it) would be to have the kick and screaming front and center, and then have different elements of the noise panned left and right.  So if you were in the audience watching this band, drummer in the back, screamer in the front, and two noise band members left and right, playing different instruments.

If you felt like sending me the track stems, I'd be really interested to give it a shot!

March 1, 2016 1:36 am


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