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Combining pads & Compression in Ambient
Old 23rd September 2012
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mollekula's Avatar
🎧 10 years
Combining pads & Compression in Ambient

So back to mixing issues.

I often have more than 1 atmosphere in a track. I like droney sounds and like making pads and atmospheric soundscapes from synths and/or field recordings. My question is this, since most atmospheres have similar mid-high frequencies in their sound, how do you guys avoid masking, and how do u share your pads in the stereo panorama? so that each sound blends with others naturally but keeps its own special place in the mix? Do you like using Mono or Stereo Synths and is there a purpose for that? From what i understand also, most frequencies below 40Hz or so are removed from all sounds to avoid muddiness.

Also, do you guys compress your pads? If yes, why and on which occasions? some lines would be appreciated.
Old 23rd September 2012
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pearlywhites's Avatar
🎧 5 years
compression won't help this is why there are tubas and trumpets and cellos and violins.

try using a saw wave over a sine wave
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