Lesson 20 – Mixing



A good mix can take a song to the next level. It can make a song a hit by giving it a well-balanced sonic landscape, or by transporting the listener to another planet (metaphorically speaking, that is). With all the tools available inside of a digital audio workstation, the sky’s the limit on what can be done to a song. In this chapter, you will learn the basics of mixing and how to think of a mix creatively. And, you’ll gain insight into why mixing has become, for many producers, an extension of the writing process.

While it’s easy to get lost in the sea of tools available to today’s mixer, at the end of the day a mix is just a pleasing blend of sonic material in much the same way a cake is a pleasing mixture of edible material. If your recipe calls for a cup of salt and a teaspoon of sugar, the mix will be off. In the same vein, too much treble in an audio mix will disrupt the flavor. Building on techniques we’ve previously discussed, we delve deeper into mix theory and learn how to polish mixes to a high sheen.

Objectives:

Be able to describe what is mixing.
Be able to translate what are different formats of mixing.
Be able to demonstrate the function of mixing.
Be able to differentiate the correct mixing method from incorrect methods.
Be able to explain the difference between all mixing methods.
Be able to explain in what situation you would use mixing.

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