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Getting to know the frequency chart in your EQ might not be the easiest task. In the beginning a phrase like "would you take some of that 1k down a notch" probably won't mean much sound wise. Therefore it is a good idea to connect those frequency numbers with a descriptive word. The word Honky can describe 1khz a lot better and one can a lot easier connect that word to an actual sound. Look at the chart below to connect other words to the frequency spectrum!

The green words are positive words that you can add more of if you're looking for it. The red ones are areas to look for if you hear some problematic stuff in your audio.

At the end of a project, in my case a mix, I usually archive it to my home server. I don't just throw over the project to my server though . I know that a lot of artist want different versions of their songs later down the road. These include backing tracks, acapellas, instrumentals and maybe STEMS for a remix. To not have to go back and do this at a different time I include rendering all of these tracks in my archiving process.

Rendering all the tracks mentioned above can easily take a lot of time though. Muting and soloing the specific tracks and wait for the render can easily add up to hours of work. This is where Reapers automated render queue comes in to save the day. In the down left corner of reapers render window there's a button called Queued Renders. When adding a render queue reaper saves your options like solo, render type and format, file names and so on in a temporary project. After you've made all your different renders and added them to your list, reaper then recalls these projects and start working. Freeing up time for you to do other work.

I use this to make three different versions; sing back, acappella and instrumental, as well as track stems for drums, bass, guitar, vocals and keys etc. 20-30 minutes later my tracks are rendered and I zip these tracks together with my project and move them to my server. This saves me a ton of time and I can do this wile doing other stuff like writing this blog post! Great huh?

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When reaching the end of a project chances are the track count is pretty big. That is true especially for people working in audio for film/tv but also for mixers like me. Given you've kept your naming consistent throughout the process there's however a simple way to select the tracks you need without having to look through the entire project holding your CMD/CTRL button down.

When preparing a mix for archiving I always print stems for track groups like vocals, guitars, drums and keys. In my mixing template the groups are therefore already named with _STEM at the end. I recently discovered this script by Lokasenna which lets you select tracks according to their name. You can select one or multiple tracks by typing in the name and the script will select the tracks for you. This means I can easily select all the tracks with the "_STEM" ending and render them with selected tracks or selected tracks via master in the render window.

To make things even quicker the script has an export function that makes a new action according to your preferences. This action can then be used as any action and you can either assign a hotkey or put it in a toolbar. I have mine in a toolbar and I can just pop that button to select all the stems in my project. Pretty neat if you ask me! The script can be downloaded from the github page or via ReaPack.

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