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License to mix
Old 2 weeks ago
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License to mix

Why videos and articles on mixing always talk about compressing and using Eq in a subtle way, if what they have and show professional productions is just a lot of compression and drastic equalization in vocals and instruments.

Is there a "license" to mix for educators other than what real professionals have?
Old 2 weeks ago
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Maybe because professionals don't watch how-to videos on mixing and one of the best things to do if you are a novice and have yet to firmly grasp what your tools are capable of is not to over do compression and EQ.

Other than that, who cares.
Old 2 weeks ago
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Is there a "license" to mix for educators other than what real professionals have?
Real professionals don't need a "license" to mix, either. There is no qualifying body, no exam, no union. And while educators may need a degree to teach in a public school or university, that degree does not need to be in the subject that they are teaching!

In any case, YouTube is not a university, despite what Jenny McCarthy says. So if you are learning from the educators there, let the 'buyer' beware. I put 'buyer' in scared quotes because you are probably not paying anything. Which might be another 'clue'.

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just a lot of compression and drastic equalization in vocals and instruments.
even granting your premise, it would hardly be good advice to instruct beginners to be "drastic", until they know what drastic even means. Even if that's what the pros end up doing. It's kind of like taking your first flying lessons in a Piper Cub from an Air Force fighter pilot. If he encourages you to do exactly like he does, you are probably going to die. He's going to start you off slow.

Fortunately, nobody ever died from a bad mix, so take what you want from these videos and if you want to ignore the advice to be subtle, go right ahead. Just don't complain if your mix comes out weird.
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Why videos and articles on mixing always talk about compressing and using Eq in a subtle way, if what they have and show professional productions is just a lot of compression and drastic equalization in vocals and instruments.

Is there a "license" to mix for educators other than what real professionals have?
Go crazy with the tools, figure out what they do, then listen to good mixes and figure out what they did. Better than videos. Like dancing about architecture.
Old 5 days ago
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Go crazy with the tools, figure out what they do, then listen to good mixes and figure out what they did. Better than videos. Like dancing about architecture.
Yes, as Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph von Schelling said "Architecture is, in short, solidified music" ... it is a matter of make good mixes.
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