References are highly personal, what makes great music is definitely in the ear of the beholder… In my opinion a reference should be a piece of music that ‘you’ feel sounds amazing where ever or however you hear it. A great musical translation on all systems.
Digital Audio Work Stations (DAW’s) as a mixing platform positively providing an excellent set of tools and flexibly during production. They also negatively lead to a lack of focus in some areas of mix construction – Correct use of stereo image being one example.
The simple adjustment of the overall volume relative to another section of a song is a powerful tool in the finalisation of audio.
Not only can we change the feel of the macro dynamics of a given piece of music, but importantly achieve this without actually changing the original mix.
Often it's difficult to discuss current projects in the public domain as there's a level of sensitivity around a given project and clients involved. Especially as the majority of work is done months in advance of any release date.
In this blog by engaging directly around aspects of audio analysis, evaluation and process I'll be able to convey interesting technique while still fresh in my mind without the use of audio examples or references to it.
Your comments and suggestions around your own learning from these entries would be welcome.
Always happy to discuss audio!