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    Default mixing drum and bass advice please

    How do you guys have the cross fader curve set up for mixing drum and bass? (i'm using Traktor and a VCI-100)

    I've really got into DnB recently but i'm used to mixing prog house. I don't think i've used the cross fader since my first mix (in about 1997!)

    I'm really sucking atm so any other advice would be cool

    thanks in advance

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    When I did mix dnb the fader was usually never used either, but if I did use it I'd only keep it on the really sharp curve so I can do quick cuts.

    Also, listen for the snare, its basically the genre's metronome.

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    i keep the curve sharp.
    mix intros and breakdowns and cut on the drop.
    make sure you know howlong the breakdown of song A is and the intro of song B is, thatway you can time the drops to happen at the same time (utilize both of their build ups) and then cut A out on the drop

    you dont always need to cut, a fade before the drop works better sometimes too
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    thanks for the help guys

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    PS remember to EQ for the the Drums & the BASS.
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    depends.

    if you mix intros/ breakdowns the EQ isnt a problem, usually

    but if you mix the middle parts and stuff then ya, EQ a lot
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    Quote Originally Posted by theory28 View Post
    depends.

    if you mix intros/ breakdowns the EQ isnt a problem, usually

    but if you mix the middle parts and stuff then ya, EQ a lot
    You are absolutely correct. Glad you posted as I was just being cheeky and wasn't giving "real" mixing advice.
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    I tend to keep my crossfader at a moderate curve, I use the volume faders more than the crossfader and do a lot of EQing to blend the songs.

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    PS remember to EQ for the the Drums & the BASS.
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    chase an status- streetlife

    twords the end of the song i loop 8 beats (at 87 bpm) as the intro to the next song is coming in, then i slowly lower mid and high

    that bassline is great
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    I agree with all the comments about EQing here. Bass does tend to get muddy if you dont pretty much kill it outright. I tend to dampen the highs of the incoming track a bit too.

    Also, use loops on those breakdowns. They can save your ass on a long blend or buildup to the next drop when your too busy eqing, etc. I tend to store it in a hotcue so i know exactly where it is.

    The freeze delay effect can be used to fade out of a song pretty nicely too, especially if you catch it on some vocals.

    As for the crossfader . . . . never use it.
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