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Mixing orchestral music with rock advice
Old 29th June 2011
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Gear Maniac
 

Mixing orchestral music with rock advice

Should the strings be compressed?
recorded on Decca tree formation and close micd,just wondering is it normal to blend both and should one add more top end to strings etc

I know its all dependant on the song but im sure some things are done
Old 29th June 2011
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Should the strings be compressed?
recorded on Decca tree formation and close micd,just wondering is it normal to blend both and should one add more top end to strings etc

I know its all dependant on the song but im sure some things are done
1) Don't be afraid to eq and compress a lot more than you would for a normal orchestral recording.
Not just top, but probably loads of mids to get the strings heard over the guitars.

2) I always find the close mics more useful than a tree for orch/rock stuff.
You really need the definition of the close mics and then blend in the tree for depth if required. The tree on it's own will just get lost. Probably.

3) Apply plenty of plate reverb (or Lexicon hall) to the close mics.
Old 29th June 2011
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Gear Maniac
 

The strings should most certainly be compressed and eq-ed, otherwise they'd be lost in the mix. Plenty of reverb but short decay time. A good example would be areosmith's *Amazing* Orchestral version.
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