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Using Music Theory To Clean Your Mix

 

Have you ever found that playing one note on a synth sounds great, but sounds muddy when you play full chords? Open voicing could be the solution to your problems.

 When you learn how to make chords, you typically learn them in closed voicing, where all notes lie within a one-octave range.

 Here is an example of an A minor chord progression with closed voicing:(Chord Progression: Am-F-Dm-Em)

 

 

Often times, spreading out our notes will help make our mixes sound fuller and cleaner. This is because instead of being focused around a small set of notes,

 we’re expanding across the frequency spectrum. Here is an example of that same progression with open voicing:

(Same progression, with each middle note transposed up one octave)