Mixing Principles - What is Mixing

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What it means to mix a song!
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Mixing Principles - What is Mixing

  1. 1. Elements of a Mix-Down What it means to MIX!
  2. 2. Components of a mix Balance Stereo field Tonal balance Depth of field Creativity
  3. 3. What makes an effective mix? Balance: focus  Levels should keep focus on lead parts  Mix should not confuse the overall “picture”  Mixes can change focus
  4. 4. What makes an effective mix? Stereo image: spread  Should be balanced between speakers  Preserve stereo mic positions  Put powerful instruments central  Spread of tracks helps separation  Creativity can add interest
  5. 5. What makes an effective mix? Tonal Balance: blend  Contrasting tones helps effective blend  Choice of instruments is important (arranging)  EQ helps parts “sit” together  Separation = each track in own space
  6. 6. What makes an effective mix? Depth of field: ambience  Reverb helps natural sounding mix  Each instrument can appear at a different distance  Separation = each track in own space
  7. 7. What makes an effective mix? Creativity: style  Different mixing techniques for each genre  Follow basic principles….  …but add creativity  Last part of the arranging process….  …you may decide to lose tracks  Mixer is a creative instrument
  8. 8. What makes an effective mix? Balance: focus Stereo image: spread Tonal balance: blend Depth of field: ambience Creativity: style
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