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Chapter 7: Comping And Arrangement

AUDIO FILES (To download all WAV examples at once: 2MB ZIP)

  • Editing Out Clutter: Here are a couple of examples of how a little editing can help improve the clarity of important elements of your mix. Here's a short section of a mix containing a characteristic double-hit snare fill (Ex07.01:WAV/MP3 bp). Compare that with this version of the same section (Ex07.02:WAV/MP3 bp), where I've edited out a moment of the fuzzy bass synth behind the snare fill, a simple measure which allows the snare fill to pop through the mix more clearly. In a similar vein, compare this file (Ex07.03:WAV/MP3 bp) with this file (Ex07.04:WAV/MP3 bp). For the latter I've momentarily muted the background synth effect behind the word 'suck', which immediately makes that lyric demand greater attention from the listener.


  • Arrangement In Practice: I frequently address arrangement issues during my Mix Rescue remixes, but there are some of these articles which focus particularly on the subject. These two (article 1 and article 2) look at how to improve clarity by editing out audio clutter, while these four (article 1, article 2, article 3, and article 4) focus on filling out instrumental textures, tightening arrangements, and introducing extra musical variation. All of these articles contain links to the 'before' and 'after' mixes for comparison purposes.

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