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Analysis Questions on Mixing

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Analysis Questions on Mixing

 

In this operation you will be asked questions that require you to use the information derived from the listening tests and ear training exercises and apply it to "Real World" problems in audio. The questions will be  grouped according to the operations that generated the data from which you can derive an answer.

 

Operation 1: Listening Tests

 

 

1) Suppose you have a kick drum track that your client says "lacks attack and power". How would you go about equalizing the kick drum sound to improve the sound quality?

(Keep in mind the client has used terms that are very subjective. As such, they can mean different things to  different people. Use your own sense of what is meant and apply that to your equalizer solutions.)

 

Example Answer> 

Raise 55 Hz ~ 110 Hz value.

 

 

2) Somewhere in the middle of a recording session, the building's heating boiler  kicked in. Not only did it heat the studio (a good thing), it also introduced a low level, very low frequency signal into the tracks from that time on (a bad thing). How would you go about removing the offensive, non-musical signal using equalization?

 

Example Answer> 

Cut 58 Hz value.

 

 

3) When you recorded the band's vocalist as an overdub, the producer was happy  with the sound during the recording session. However, when it came time to mix,  the producer complained that the voice could not be understood well enough when mixed into the whole track. What equalization might you try to help the intelligibility of the vocalist (just raising the vocalist level is not an option)?

 

Example Answer> 

1. Boost 3.52 kHz on the vocal track.

2. Cut other instruments' frequency value in this area.

 

 

Operation 2: Ear Training

 

 

1) Based on your own experiences in this operation, what were the easiest frequency ranges to match? Explain why you think this was so.

 

Example Answer>

400 Hz ~ 4 kHz; This range of frequency values was easier to recognize compared to other ranges.

 

 

2) Based on your own experiences in this operation, what were the hardest frequency ranges to match? Explain why you think this was so.

 

Example Answer>

Sub-bass region (under 60 Hz); Hard to recognize this area of frequency. Cannot control the volume of this range precisely.

 

 

 

 

 

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