Steps for Mixing Music with Pro Tools

It is challenging to mix your music with Pro Tools, but if you are thinking of a career as a recording engineer or professional DJ, then you need to master this. Once you have your track, you can proceed with the mixing. What makes it complicated is that it is not as easy as turning tracks and adjusting the volume. Mixing has to sound coherent. At you will know more about Pro Tools. Below are the steps for mixing your music using Pro Tools.

Get Pro Tools


First, you should have Pro Tools and open the session file where you will get drums laid out in front of you. First look at the kick drum then click the solo button to listen to the drum. Click play on the transport bar. It has to sound natural. You can then adjust the sound and make more defined and direct and fix that compressor. If the mp3 has channel strips, then you can insert them. You can process your track and listen to them in real time. There is the compressor plug that is located under the Dynamics in Pro Tools. The settings are usually factory-defined and give your mp3 track great sound which you can adjust to provide listeners with a kick while listening.

Go Ahead with the Snare

Click the solo button then adjust the compressor. You can again click on the insert box and select the Basic Snare that is preset. Experiment by moving your tracks and releasing the settings. If you do not like the sound you hear, you can add another track and customize accordingly. For the drum overheads track, you can put the compressor. Just a few overheads will do. If you throw a lot, you will not hear the whole dance mix. The general drum overhead rule is to bring them up enough for you to listen to the cymbals. Experiment until you hear what sounds good to your ears.

Adjust the Bass Guitar

men in studioAdd a compressor on the track to modify the preamp and give it a hot and natural signal. Add the compressor into the insert box and choose the Basic Bass preset. You can bring the bass up for the snare and kick to be heard. Rhythm comes along with the bass, and the rhythm of the track has to be equalized properly. Follow the same settings as the above step to get the right results. Pull the hertz down once to you hear the bass meshing with the kick drum and bring back some beats for you to listen to the whole rhythm section harmoniously.

Finish the Track

The final stage is bringing the vocals into the mix. The vocals have to be controlled, and this is where the compressor is useful. Select the Vocal Lever which allows the vocals to be dynamic and lively while you are controlling them into the mix. Keep them from dominating the overall sound.

These are the steps that will help you mix your music successfully using Pro Tools software. Get it and start producing the best music.…

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