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Mix Smart by Alex Case

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CHAPTER 6 Expansion and Gating

 

The most underutilized effect: hear what you are missing.

 

MIX SMART QUICK START : Expansion and Gating

Goals

  • Practical motivations include noise reduction and leakage reduction.
  • Fit tracks together in your mix more easily through cleverly reshaped amplitude envelopes and supportive gated reverbs and ambience tracks.
  • Feature tracks by extracting exaggerated ambience and artifacts, manipulating timbre, and tremolo.

Gear

  • Master the unusual set of parameters and features: threshold, slope, attack, release, fade, decay, hold, and range.
  • As you learn compression/limiting, you get better at expansion/gating, and vice versa.

 

With expansion and gating, the concept of a compressor gets logically inverted. ...

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