Pink noise, our friend or enemy?
There is a lot of content on the internet about using pink noise, mainly for mixing.
Pink noise is a signal in which the frequencies are distributed evenly. Imagine pink noise is the perfect guide track, you can mix other tracks with it and get a grammy for a perfect mix. Ha-ha (NO!)
Looking ahead, I’ll say that I didn’t make a single good mix using pink noise, they were all tortured to death and not interesting. I spent a lot of attempts
Algorithms for mixing
It is not yet possible to use algorithms for mixing, automation like Neutron smart Eq e.t.c helps to improve the multitrack, but there is no way to make a full mix! Otherwise, the whole meaning of the profession of a sound engineer disappears. The uniqueness of the engineer and style will also become unnecessary.
When I mixed with pink noise, I put more attention on the sound of each element, rather than the mix as a whole.
You need to mix quickly
30-40 minutes, your brain and your subconscious mind works automatically, so you can get the best mixes
You need to configure individual elements at the stage of preparation for mixing, feel the difference?
How to break a mixed song?
Take your best mixed song, listen to it and try to understand what can be improved.Apply processing tweak here or there
it may turn out that the changes will be big, somewhere around a couple db somewhere around 5.
Close it and listen in a few days . In my case, it always gets worse.
Chris lord alge says
Chris lord alge says this about Pink Noise, do not be engine(eye), be engineer) Do not believe everything that looks good on the monitor. There was a time when there were no computers, and songs were mixed on analog consoles.
Okay, if it’s not suitable for mixing, then what is it for? You can find out how the correct frequency response of your track is in preparation for mixing.
— Open Ozone EQ for example
— Match track with Pink noise, and if something is a lot or a little it will immediately become visible.
— Open EQ before The Ozone and Correct frequency
Correcting a bad-sounding track using pink noise matching is a bad idea. You need to find a way to make a new recording.
Mastering with Pink Noise
You can find out how many low or hi frequencies you have in the spectrum.
-Match ozone on the master, it turned out that there are few high frequencies.
-Turn off ozone
-Put the mastering EQ added a couple db top
Do not Match on master buss! you can get better results if you just make adjustments with other EQ plugins
A few words in conclusion
You just need to get used to the sound of your monitors. When this happens, you automatically start hearing things correctly, a lot of bass or a little, how bad or good a tracks
How to get used to your monitors and how to understand what you hear from them?
About this issue in the next article