An investigation into the efficacy of methods commonly employed by mix engineers to reduce frequency masking in the mixing of multitrack musical recordings

Jonathan P. Wakefield, Christopher Dewey

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Abstract

Studio engineers use a variety of techniques to reduce frequency masking between instruments when mixing multi-track musical recordings. This study evaluates the efficacy of three techniques, namely mirrored equalization, frequency spectrum sharing and stereo panning, against their variations to confirm the veracity of accepted practice. Mirrored equalisation involves boosting one instrument and cutting the other at the same frequency. Frequency spectrum sharing involves low pass filtering one instrument and high pass filtering the other. Panning involves placing two competing instruments at different pan positions. Test subjects used eight tools comprising a single unlabeled slider to reduce frequency masking in several two instrument scenarios. Satisfaction values were recorded. Results indicate subjects preferred using tools that panned both audio tracks.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication138th Audio Engineering Society Convention, AES 2015
PublisherAudio Engineering Society
Pages1044-1049
Number of pages6
Volume2
ISBN (Electronic)9781510806597
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event138th Audio Engineering Society Convention - Sofitiel Victoria Hotel, Warsaw, Poland
Duration: 7 May 201510 May 2015
Conference number: 138
http://www.aes.org/events/138/ (Link to Event Website)

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Conference138th Audio Engineering Society Convention
Abbreviated titleAES 2015
CountryPoland
CityWarsaw
Period7/05/1510/05/15
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Wakefield, J. P., & Dewey, C. (2015). An investigation into the efficacy of methods commonly employed by mix engineers to reduce frequency masking in the mixing of multitrack musical recordings. In 138th Audio Engineering Society Convention, AES 2015 (Vol. 2, pp. 1044-1049). Audio Engineering Society.