Should you volume balance your songs?
You’ve made the beat, and you love how it sounds nice and full, but you’ve seen tutorials tell you that you should now bring each instrument to the mixer, and try to re-mix the song.
But.. think clearly for a second.. if you like the balance, should you try to “re-balance” your volumes and hope for that same balance?
Getting the same balance is VERY HARD..
Adjust Instruments Where Needed..
When a recording engineer would record a musician, their recording levels would not ALWAYS be the same for each different instrument. This is where VOLUME BALANCING is important to bring up a BALANCE in the song.
But for us beatmakers, if we play our melodies, we can quickly lower volume by one or two dB, and that’s technically OUR volume balancing.. make sense?
What about EQ and Compression?
Well, the same idea applies.
When you record an instrument or singer, the microphone is susceptible to many negative things like..
- The Room Sound (if it’s not acoustically treated).
- Distortion if Recorded TOO LOUD
- Inconsistency in Loudness (the singer or musician said some loud or quiet words)..
As a beatmaker, all of these are easily remedied through MIDI.
Distortion.. we can easily just turn down our Virtual Instrument!
And inconsistency.. we can just adjust VELOCITY on an individual MIDI Note (learn more in my SAFE SPOTS Book).
Yes, we want things to be clear, but we may not be EQing to FIX a bad recording.. we may just be EQing to MAKE an instrument sound better or more clear.
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