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Since we’re audio engineers, we’re trained to listen closer than most other people do, and this critical listening is imperative when cleaning up unwanted audio in videos. It’s nearly impossible to account for the sound in your surroundings when filming on-site, so a lot of the time some post-production will be necessary.
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If your vocals sound good but they’re struggling for clarity in the mix, there are dozens of options at your disposal to give them more presence. The most common option is to turn them up, but that’s not ideal for every situation, especially on a more dynamic vocal track.
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It doesn’t have to be overly complicated to get good drums in your mix. There are plenty of small tweaks and automation that can happen to give you perfect drums, but what about a quick and easy drum mix that’s aggressive enough to blow most home studio & hobbyist mixes out of the water? Well that should only take about 5 minutes…
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Going into a mix, it’s easy to get caught up in best practices and “clean-up” mode. When this happens, you forget that at its core, mixing music is a creative experience. So once you’ve got your tracks cleaned up and mix-ready, give some of these creative compression techniques a try.
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