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stereo ambience

Apr 21, 2016Sitting sounds into a mix using Maths.Posted In: mixing, delay, stereo ambience, steve albini, mix with the masters

Sometimes when mixing, you’re trying to make sure that all the different sounds are cutting through clearly and the nuances of the various performances aren’t getting lost. Other times though, the challenge is getting a particular sound to sit back into the mix, so it feels connected to the rest of the instrumentation, rather than sitting on top. A lot of the time it’s because that sound is too dry, maybe due to being recorded direct, and so the disconnect comes from it not feeling like it’s in the same space as the rest of the instruments. Here’s another technique I learned from Steve Albini which uses a multi-tap delay and some good old-fashioned maths to create a stereo ambience effect that works brilliantly in that situation.