Long time, no post (not Michiel, of course!) Well, with that bad joke out of the way I have a question for the folks on this board that produce some amazing, pro-quality mixes with their VIs. How does someone, who's a hack like me, learn more about mixing (both mixing and mastering) from the ground up, short of an apprenticeship at a mixing studio?
I've been renting several technical tutorials on mixing and over the years have come to understand the concepts of compression, gating, expansion, limiting, etc. I've never seen a video tutorial that puts it all together, though. I'd love to sit through one that takes a song all the way from its components to its end and then, perhaps on another chapter, a mastering session with it.
From some of the material I've read on mixing, they speak of the pitfalls using virtual versus traditional instruments. Their reasoning is that some EQ or compression has already been added to the VI or library. While, in a small mix or solo, this would make the part sound better or brighter, in a larger mix it could be difficult to place on the sound stage without adversely affecting another part.
While there's always panning, VU and EQ solutions, does anyone suggest methods specific to certain VIs or, as with traditional instruments, do you just let your ears do the work and mix appopriately?
Any suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated! And, if any of you folks ever want to create your own tutorials on mixing VIs and sample libraries, count me in on your buy list! Thanks!