It can be difficult to highlight background instruments without overwhelming the main focus. Fortunately, there are methods you can use to do so. The first method is to raise the volume of the instrument during the first bar it plays, and then reduce the volume back down. The listener will remain aware of the instrument. Another method is to slowly pan the instrument, which will draw just enough attention from the listener. Lastly, you could fade the instrument in sooner or fade it out more slowly than the other elements, which will make the listener more attentive.
- First of all, the fact that an instrument is not meant to take center stage doesn’t mean it should disappear completely.
- But how can you achieve that with automation without stepping on the feet of the true stars of your mix?
- For a “supporting” instrument to stay in the mind of the listener, it just needs to wave the hand for an instant.
“For a “supporting” instrument to stay in the mind of the listener, it just needs to wave the hand for an instant.”