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I am working on a new song that has strings in it, right now its a combo of a KRONOS patch of analog symphonic strings and then a saw violin lead patch from omnisphere.
I am trying mix it in so its still integral but not overwhelming the vocal and other parts. so far i have to turn it way up to do that but then of course everything else is overwhelemd
This is in the chorus only, the analog strings are in other parts but the lead saw violin part is only in the chorus and its the part i am talking about
i am still in the recording phase, and all i have is a scratch nonsense vocal (meaning i sang it once to lay down the melody without any lyrics etc) but most of it is there now except the vocals so i started trying to get a feel for the song and part. i have tried some light compression and a high pass filter on both since they are REALLLY bass heavy with nothing done to them
they are both right up the middle (is that ok? should they be panned hard L and R?)
i have levels set i guess close to where they will be and just today added the strings and i was trying to work them in since the strings are a huge part of what i want to do with this song. anyway
my questions are
1) whats your technique for strings, and combinations of string parts in an acoustic rock song?
2) panning multiple parts?
3) how can i get the main string part to have that huge sound and have the part really hit you but not destroy everything else in its path?
I have some artist plugs that have string stuff in them (Waves CLA, JJP etc) but for the most part they either change the sound totally or just dont seem to work. i want to try and keep the original sound as much as i can since its what i heard in my head
i can post a link but i dont want anyone to take any time if you dont have it.
so, a discussion on strings mixing