Music is an ever-present fixture of life. There is music that backs up commercials, music throughout movies, music you listen to in your car, and music you probably listen to when you work out. It is something that accompanies people everywhere they go. That’s why it’s in movies, a soundtrack helps create a mood and helps a film to actually feel closer to real life.
There is always noise around. So, if you are working on producing films, producing music, or you just want to practice mixing music, you should consider how you can do that. You need a few things when you want to practice music mixing: a program to mix it, music to work with, and a way to listen to it.
A Program to Mix It
There are many different programs available that will allow you to mix music. The easiest way to mix music is with what is called non-linear editing software. Non-linear editing software is great because it doesn’t require that you move straight through the music in a linear fashion. You can jump back and forth, grabbing different pieces of music and moving them around, so you need to load the music into a non-linear editing software; it’s also best if it’s one that allows you to work in many different tracks.
A track is a layer of sound. In many modern studios, music is not recorded all at once like the way it used to be, though if it is recorded all at once, each instrument has a different feed and is recorded separately. Whether it’s recorded together, or each instrument and vocal is recorded completely separately, every instrument or instrument group including vocals is included as its own line of sound and as its own file. These individual files are called tracks.
When you load a track into a non-linear editing program, you’ll be able to place them one on top of the other to make a full complete sound. You should have something to shoot for, though. As you adjust sound levels and change things, you should have a feeling for what it is supposed to sound like. That’s why you should invest in some backing tracks.
Invest in Backing Tracks
These are tracks that are created by professional musicians who will provide you with license to use their music. Typically, they are used as background noise for commercials, soundtracks for films, and as the base for more elaborate pieces of music, which is why they are called “backing.” They’re tracks that are designed to back up larger pieces of music, so if you buy a backing track from a professional musician, you can then duplicate it and adjust the levels. You’ll have a reliable benchmark to know what it is supposed to sound like and how each different level affects the overall sound, making it an invaluable resource.
Furthermore, you will be able to build out a full sound without having a full band. If you want to add some horns, guitars, or something similar to your music, you can buy a track to back up what you already have. It creates a fuller and more complete sound, and then you just need to play it.