I have sussed all the individual track tweaking and mixing settings that I need for now but I’m puzzled as to how Cubase prioritizes it all in the final mix. It sounds silly but I’m not sure if I’ve got my head round the mixer logic. I have used Mr Franz’s very helpful book from about 10 years ago and made CDs but now I’m trying to perfect all the compression and remix. I’m seeing if I can enhance the quiet bits of vocal and acoustic guitar more than I did before to get more of a wall of sound (as I think you experts call it) and to make the guitar fill the vocal pauses better but allowing the vocal to dominate when present. I get a kind of not too annoying ducking going on where the guitar backs off to let the words be heard but it’s not perfect.
I have several tracks with their own individual compression. Each individual track level gets more evened out when I monitor but the waveform is unprocessed in the display which is to be expected as I have not actually re-processed the waveform (as when gain adjusting or phase reversing or whatever). These tracks go to the mixer and there’s a final overall compressor in the mixer. My technique thus far is to set the vocals slightly higher in the mixer so they dominate then the mixer compression brings the guitar forward in the mix presence as the vocal pauses. I have not used side chains yet but I think they are available in my version.
How does cubase handle this layering of compression? Does it kind of “bounce down” the tracks behind the scenes before bringing them to the mixer? Does it get confused by compression layering? Am I on the right tracks in my technique above or would it be better to use some sort of side chain (which I haven’t investigated yet) to control the guitar level directly? Is it better to somehow bounce down those individual tracks oneself (I’m not sure how to include compression as a reprocess) so they are fixed before going to the mixer? I might also like to apply my conclusive technique to 2x vocal and 2x guitar for a duet.
I hope that my thought process seems logical to someone else and that they may kindly help me to get my head round this bit. Please discuss.