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Mixing Orchestra in with Pop rock song
Old 23rd July 2005
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Mixing Orchestra in with Pop rock song

Ok Guys, I'm about to embark on a huge mixing project. I have to mix an entire orchestra (Garritan-programmed well) with a big pop-rock song. Any tips on shoehorning it all in?
Old 23rd July 2005
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Bounce them!


depending on the context of the song, whether the orchestration is backing up the band or the orchestration is the melody of the song.

My trick is usually a reverb that i would use ONLY on the orchestra and blend it a little with the band, plus longer predelays on the orchesrtra.

Not knowing the song, take my suggestion with a grain of salt
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Used to work at a studio where we had all the Garritan strings. Usually I find mixing an orchestra with an avarage pop/rock song not that difficult (as always depending on the material and arrangement)...but with the Garritan strings. Horrible.
I really grew to hate that library. Maybe you have the option of doing it in the new EastWest library. It's what I'm using now and it is a huge difference.
Garritan sound ok on it's own but in the mix it just doesn't work.
Though he might have a new library out now. I'm talking the Garritan strings that came out in 2002.

Cheers, Julian
Old 23rd July 2005
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try putting the strings thru a spacious medium room algo (tc is nice for this) at 100% wet, and seating the whole thing behind the band. lots of sweet midrange, it'll sound like ass when solo'd.

also, panning is gonna be a huge factor; throw everything out to the edges, or keep it all tucked in between the guitars.

have fun!

del ubik
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