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Doug Lauber's Blog – March 2011 Archive (7)

New Mix- final? 'Ostinato Trip'

Today I added some B3 stabs to the tune at the 3:00 mark. I think it adds some pizazz. Let me know what you think. For this version I put a lot of time into adjusting levels again and brightening up the upper mids. I think it's done now...  I added it to my play list.

That's TWO recordings finished and about…


Added by Doug Lauber on March 26, 2011 at 7:45pm — 1 Comment

Mixing is Never Finished

I've learned a few things while mixing Ostinato Trip. I used the Katz method of parallel compression. Fantastic! Another great discovery- kick drum replacement. This technique allowed me to create a MIDI track which triggered any available kick drum sample. I combined the track with the new sample, with the original kick drum recording, with excellent results.


Now that I am comfortable with these two new techniques,…


Added by Doug Lauber on March 13, 2011 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Back-up Our Files!

A friend recently shared a tragic story. His hard drive failed. Thousands of hours of work were lost, representing many compositions...     Something to think about. At the end of a mixing or composing session, I always copy the new files to a similar folder on another external hard drive. Hard drives are relatively inexpensive now. I urge you to back-up your work.

Added by Doug Lauber on March 13, 2011 at 10:53pm — 1 Comment

Completed! 'Ostinato Trip'

Check it out!

Added by Doug Lauber on March 9, 2011 at 11:23pm — No Comments

Nearing Completion!

Yesterday I made some last minute additions- I manipulated some clips so that the tune actually has an 'ending'. It's similar to the Intro. The final touches on the ending involved adding reverb and adjusting gain envelopes for a 'smooth' ending.


A large part of yesterday's work involved making a sub-mix of the drums, minus the kick drum.

I exported the drum tracks to Audition…


Added by Doug Lauber on March 9, 2011 at 4:56pm — 1 Comment

Adding Reverb?

I'm just beginning the process of adding reverb to individual tracks in this complex mix. It's a fun, but daunting task. I use the reverb processors that came with Adobe Audition and Sonar X1. There are at least 6 to choose from. Add to that a number of delay processors. It's been time consuming to try all of these. For one instrument, I used an 8th note delay followed by a medium-sized room reverb. I use two different approaches to…


Added by Doug Lauber on March 6, 2011 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Tracking Electric Guitar

I'm nearing the final stages of mixing 'Ostinato Trip'. I needed to track some foreground lead guitar parts. I was reluctant to begin this task because these guitar parts are meant to complement Alpiar's amazing sax tracks, which are tasteful, rhythmically tight, and often blazingly fast. How would my guitar tracks stand up next to such an obvious talent? Rather than try to match or compete with his style, I went with a safer route of providing a contrast. I usually…


Added by Doug Lauber on March 3, 2011 at 12:42pm — No Comments

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