New Tool (3.0): Mix Balancer


(Ledger) #1

Mix balancer


ledger.scripts.MixBalancer_V0.92.xrnx (6.5 KB)


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What it`s for

This tool is to help you achieve a balanced mix more quickly. It features 4 Gain-Nudge Buttons, which apply to the tracks post-faders. There are two modes of action:

  1. INVERSE mode: The Gain Nudge buttons effect the current track post-faders and all other tracks post-faders will be moved in the opposite direction. Similar to a Tilt EQ.

  2. CURRENT mode: The Gain Nudge buttons effect the current track post-faders only.

Controls

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Pressing the INVERSE button changes the mode to CURRENT. In current mode the main large buttons will only effect the current track.

Automatic Headroom Control (when in INVERSE mode), is enabled with the [A] button next to the Inverse button. When the mode is enabled the button turns orange. It means that the tool will keep the maximum fader automatically at around 0dB so you don’t have to keep making headroom adjustments via the ‘All Faders’ buttons. This feature only reduces volume, not increases so that you dont get any unexpected/unwanted volume boosts

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There is a value readout for the current tracks dB level on the top right of the main Gain Buttons. Below the Gain Buttons there is a checkbox labelled ‘Fine’ which halves the values for each of the gain buttons, so you can make even smaller adjustments.

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Beneath that are 2 ‘All Faders’ buttons [+] [-] that will adjust all instrument tracks in 1dB increments up and down; basically a macro for all your mixer instrument-track faders, so you can boost/ reduce all tracks at once.

The Headroom textbox shows you the current value of the highest fader/faders in the mixer and when you get close to maximum (+3dB) the minus button on the left will change colour first to yellow and then red to prompt you to press it to reduce all the faders at once. This ensures you retain your relative balances and gives you some headroom back.

Press the [G] button to go to the first track that has the maximum fader position. This will be the same as the headroom readout. When that track is selected the [G] button turns green as confirmation.

The View button toggles between the pattern editor and mixer view.

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Note: The tool works on instrument tracks and does not effect master/send tracks, leaving you to adjust these manually if needed. When you use the tool on a group track it will effect the group post fader but not the faders of the grouped track. Otherwise group tracks will not be effected either. The main target for the tool is instrument tracks.


Shortcut / Menus

Tools: ~ Mix Balancer

Tools menu: ~ Ledger`s Scripts: Mix Balancer

DSP menu: : ~ Mix Balancer


Changelog

v0.92

  • New ‘Fine’ Checkbox added.
    When enabled the gain button values halve to +/- 0.5dB and +/- 0.1dB for even smaller nudgers of the Post Faders

v 0.8

  1. New automatic headroom control when in INVERSE mode.

This is enabled with the [A] button next to the Inverse button. When the mode is enabled the button turns orange. It means that the tool will keep the maximum fader automatically at around 0dB so you dont have to keep making headroom adjustments via theAll Faders` buttons. This feature only reduces volume, not increases so that you dont get any unexpected/unwanted volume boosts.

  1. New Goto [G] button

Press this to goto the first track that has the maximum fader position. This will be the same as the headroom readout. When that track is selected the [G] button turns green as confirmation.


v 0.81
-toned down green button so better with darker themes
-default auto limit mode changed to on. (still saves as user preference after though)
-“A” button disabled when in current mode"


Related / Tips

–May be useful to use in conjunction with a reference track of the same genre to keep aim in the right direction.

Toggle Reference Track

–afta8 has written a tool that allows you to drag multiple faders in the mixer via pattern matrix selection

Multi-volumes

–An alternative free mac/pc spectrum analyser:

SPAN

A tip I picked up on KVR a while ago was to set the frequency response slope on Gliss EQ (similar to Span), to around 4.5. This can show a fairly horizontal response on a balanced mix. Not an absolute rule as you can tell by looking at different commercial mixes through it, there is variation, but a handy rule of thumb.

With setting Avg. time to 2000 works for me, but of course settings are there to be experimented with!

_Snapshot of a track from Daft Punks Discovery with a slope of 4.5 in Span

https://files.renoise.com/forum/uploads/5932-Daft%20Punk%20Freq.PNG


Way to control multiple faders while keeping their relative position
Way to control multiple faders while keeping their relative position
Lower / raise all track volumes simultaneously
Ledgers Scripts List
(Ledger) #2

New Version 0.8 in first post:

  1. New automatic headroom control when in INVERSE mode.

This is enabled with the [A] button next to the Inverse button. When the mode is enabled the button turns orange. It means that the tool will keep the maximum fader automatically at around 0dB so you dont have to keep making headroom adjustments via theAll Faders` buttons.

  1. New Goto [G] button

Press this to goto the first track that has the maximum fader position. This will be the same as the headroom readout. When that track is selected the [G] button turns green as confirmation.


(Meef Chaloin) #3

This is a really cool idea for a script, thanks for making it and posting it. I rarely use the faders though unfortunately because renoise is a bit messy in that area. Definitely will be giving this a try though, I’m sure there will be times when I can use it.


(Ledger) #4

This is a really cool idea for a script, thanks for making it and posting it. I rarely use the faders though unfortunately because renoise is a bit messy in that area. Definitely will be giving this a try though, I’m sure there will be times when I can use it.

Got the idea after trying out some tilt EQing. A big fan of it now and I ended up buying the Softube one; pricey but such a useful tool with some nice saturation built in.

I find with the renoise post faders I`m often chasing things down to about -48dB which may be due to their small size vs range but this tool seems to really help with keeping things towards the top. I quite like haveing the buttons to nudge a dB or two which is not so easy as you go down the slider exponential range; even though 1dB is still 1dB in mixing terms! The inverse action also seems to make things problems pop out a bit more. So it makes me look at fixing problems elsewhere with better EQ rather than burying stuff with more volume reductions.

Out of interest what do you use in place of the post faders, something like Hornet`s Track Utility?


(Meef Chaloin) #5

Out of interest what do you use in place of the post faders, something like Hornet`s Track Utility?

I just use a gainer on every channel. It’s a bit of a pain but I’m used to it now. The down side is that the faders (pre and post are absolutely useless for me most of the time.


(Ledger) #6

I see,

yes the gainers at least give you nudge buttons, but less convenient for overview.


(Ledger) #7

v 0.81
-toned down green button so better with darker themes
-default auto limit mode changed to on. (still saves as user preference after though)
“A” button disabled when in current mode"


Minor update in first post:

https://forum.renoise.com/t/new-tool-3-0-mix-balancer/44382


(Ledger) #8

Updated to v0.9

  • DSP lane menu added
  • Call from menu re-initialises gui (opposed to the the toggle behaviour of shortcut)

Updated to v0.91

  • Added text readout of current track post-gain value

(Ledger) #9

Updated to v0.92

  • New ‘Fine’ Checkbox added.
    When enabled the gain button values halve to +/- 0.5dB and +/- 0.1dB for even smaller nudges of the Post Faders.

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