Mixing in Logic Pro

I am on Logic Pro 9 and compose film music mostly utilizing orchestral virtual instruments. I was wondering if any other Logic users out there have ideas on mixing? I am not an audio engineer and have no clue when it comes to mixing within Logic. I pretty much use my ear and go with what sounds good. Then I test it on a few different speakers and tweak if necessary.

Essentially, while I compose, I create the dynamics by using volume faders and by automating modulation (no mod wheel on my keyboard) and then when I have a full track ready for exporting I add on a Channel EQ, adjust the lows, mids and highs to taste very minimally, and then I add an Adaptive Limiter and increase the Input volume a few decibels to make it sound louder overall. As far as adding a Compressor, I have no idea what I'm doing with it so I never use it. I've also heard that it's not wise to use compression - Leave it to the person editing the final mix.

Any suggestions or tips would be greatly appreciated! Happy composing!

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  • It also depends on the style of music and the particular virtual instruments you are using as some are recorded dry/close mic'd and others have some ambience. 

    If I'm after a natural orchestral sound I avoid compression but I do add it to individual tracks if I want a punchier sound. You'd be surprised how effective just using Logic's channel compressor's default setting on things like brass and percussion can be at making them more 'in your face'.

    I find I use the automation a hell of a lot to control the instruments. And depending on the usage I would leave all mastering to someone else if possible. 

    I do find Logic's Adaptive Limiter does colour the sound quite a lot. It's really just a compressor anyway isn't it?

  • Michael, thank you for the tips on making brass and percussion punchier. As far as the Adaptive Limiter, maybe it is a compressor, I'm not sure, but all I adjust is the Input knob up a few decibels, nothing else. I just hear an overall volume boost, not really anything else in terms of colouring the sound. But I'm no pro at this mixing stuff so I could be completely wrong with what I think I am adjusting!

    Michael Tauben said:

    It also depends on the style of music and the particular virtual instruments you are using as some are recorded dry/close mic'd and others have some ambience. 

    If I'm after a natural orchestral sound I avoid compression but I do add it to individual tracks if I want a punchier sound. You'd be surprised how effective just using Logic's channel compressor's default setting on things like brass and percussion can be at making them more 'in your face'.

    I find I use the automation a hell of a lot to control the instruments. And depending on the usage I would leave all mastering to someone else if possible. 

    I do find Logic's Adaptive Limiter does colour the sound quite a lot. It's really just a compressor anyway isn't it?

    Mixing in Logic Pro
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  • Raymond, thank you for your example on reverb and pre-delay. I never really bothered to look at pre-delay but now I know it's importance. That explains why in my music, everything sounds kind of the same distance from my listening perspective.

    Raymond Kemp said:

    This flute is either completely dry or processed through a reverb of only 0.5 second length (early reflection) and 70 millisecond pre-delay. shorter pre-delay closer, longer pre-delay further away from the listener. Okay this is a simplification to demonstrate the effect but once you get this into your head you can begin to place sections and instruments at the appropriate distances from each other and the listener. Once you have the depth then you use panning to place the sound in the stereo field.

    Or..............If you have the where with all...............buy VE Pro 5 and MIR as I have.

    Mixing in Logic Pro
    I am on Logic Pro 9 and compose film music mostly utilizing orchestral virtual instruments. I was wondering if any other Logic users out there have i…
  • If you need a mix professionally done for a real project in a short amount of time, just hire someone.  Or, if you have the ability to take your time, or are working on demos instead, listen to hundreds of scores, hundreds of mixes, hundreds of interviews, and read hundreds of articles.  It just takes time!

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