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Old 06-06-2004, 10:09 PM
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Default Mixing with Orchestra


I'm currently working on a project which is a dance/pop track which includes a full orchestra. My question is regarding the mixing of the orchestra. I'm happy with the panning of all my instruments in terms of the seating plan of a typical orchestra but not with the placement/distance from the listener's point of view (I.E. French Horn appearing to be behind violins but in front of the percussion.) I'm also concerned about the vocalist being clearly in front of everything else.

If anyone can give me any hints about this sort of thing, I'd be very grateful.

The orchestra on its own is here MP3 if anyone has a moment to listen to it (just a one minute excerpt). I created it using the Siedlaczek sample library. There are a couple of silent gaps where the singer will be unaccompanied.

Thanks in advance for any help.


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Old 06-09-2004, 05:13 PM
N-G-NEER N-G-NEER is offline
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Default Re: Mixing with Orchestra

I am assuming that you have recorded the sections individualy and that should allow you to eq the sections. What I hear and mid you I am listening to an MP3 is that much of the orchastra is living in the same frequency area as the other instruments. try to alter the eq diferently on different sections and you may start to hear more of the instumants more clearly. The same goes for your vocalist, if you don't cut a hole (frequency perspective) in the mix you singer will get lost or burried no mater how loud he or she is. The tracking sounds very well done now you just need to get every body to compliment each other instaed of fighting for the same sonic frequency life
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