Ableton Mixing eBook Series – Balance and Stereo Imaging
Book 2, Ableton Mixing eBook Series – Balance and Stereo Imaging, explains the fundamental techniques of how to balance and pan a mix properly.
To understand the basics of balancing in Live, we explain what headroom & bit-depth is, and why it is important when we are balancing and setting levels during mix down. We then cover a few preliminaries before balancing, such as high pass filtering, mono conversion, and the pros and cons of applying master bus compression and balancing into a compressor.
We then answer the many mix balance questions we often hear, like “how can I fix masking problems?” or should I balance in stereo or mono?” We also uncover some commonly used practices such as the pink noise technique, all faders up, and group approaches, as well as how to look out for masking issues and ways of fixing them.
Panning is often overlooked but is extremely important to be able to create a spacious and clear mix. We explain what the pan law is, and its different variations, the difference between balance and pan knobs, and also how to use techniques such as the L-C-R approach to panning, which many engineers were forced to use on older mixing desks. The difference between mono and stereo panning is explained, and how many producers create a wider, fuller mix by panning mono sounds instead of stereo.