Ensemble (Shakuhachi, Guitar, and Percussion)

When you mix an ensemble performance, it’s important to reproduce the width and depth of the original sound. On Track 1 (XY), I inserted an equalizer and cut low tones to make the Shakuhachi and Guitar clearer and easier to hear. This also tightened up the overall sound, allowing Track 2 (OMNI) to carry the rich low tones of the percussion.

I found the natural ambience on Track 2 (OMNI) to be sufficient, so I added reverb to Track 1 (XY) only.
Mixing with SONAR X1 LE
• Volume Balance
Track 1 (XY): -3.0 dB
Track 2 (OMNI): -1.0 dB

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• Effect Settings
Equalizer—I inserted the Sonitus: equalizer on Track 1 (XY); I set a high-pass filter to 120 Hz to roll off the bass frequencies, allowing Track 2 (OMNI) to carry the low end of the sound.

Reverb—Added with a SEND control set to -9.0 dB on Track 1. The DECAY TIME is set to 0.9 seconds.
Mixing Results
Listen to the following tracks to compare the sound before and after mixing in SONAR X1 LE.
Mixing Techniques for Various Musical Instruments
Acoustic Piano
Acoustic Guitar
Ensemble (Shakuhachi, Guitar, Percussion)
String Quartet
String Quartet: Advanced Mixing Using SONAR X2 Producer
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