The Art of Mixing

The final mix of your music is an essential step and can have a HUGE impact on how successful your project is. This is the stage when the engineer adds depth and height to the stereo image. This is the stage when the engineer can make the instruments 'jump' out of the speakers. 

Why Mixing Is Important

Mixing is more than adjusting volume levels. A song mixed with proper track volumes, EQ, compression, effects, etc...can make the difference between what is perceive as a demo and a project that sounds like it is ready for the radio. If you're a recording artist searching for a cutting edge sound and sonic fidelity, your song needs to be mixed down.

What Is Mixing

During a mix session, the engineer will make adjustments to track levels. Equalization, reverberation and other effects will be chosen and added, decisions about where to pan individual tracks are made. When the mix is complete, the song's multiple tracks and effects are combined into a 2 track stereo file - typically a .wav file. 

Listening Skills

If you have a certain sound that you are after, don't be afraid to communicate that with your engineer. If you are not familiar with the terminology, bring in a CD with the sound you like for reference. The engineer can also make reference CDs for you to audition in your car or another device during the mix. If you have headphones you like, bring them and plug into the studio's system. 

Alternative Mixes

"Bouncing" or "printing" the mix is the last step in the music mixing process. This is the perfect time for making alternative versions of your songs. Examples of this would be the instrumentals, instrumentals with backgrounds and acapella versions of the songs. 


Mixing can often include a good deal of editing – compiling the best parts of multiple takes into a single track or using editing to help shape the way the songs are written and arranged. Sometimes there is so much editing involved it forms a separate stage in between tracking and mixing.


Equipment List

Trident Series 65

Computer & Software
Apple iMac
Digidesign Pro Tools LE
Bias Peak CD Mastering

Tascam DA-88
Tascam DA-38
Tascam 112mkII
Panasonic SV-3800
Marantz CDR620

Outboard Gear
Behringer Multigate XR1400
Aphex Expressor

Signal Processing
Lexicon LXP-15II
Yamaha ProR3

Yamaha NS-10m Studio
Mackie HR824
Auratone 5C Super Sound Cubes

Audio-Technica AT4050
Audio-Technica AT4033
Audio-Technica AT8033
Sennheiser MD421U
Lewitt Audio LCT 340 DC Pair
Electro Voice RE-20
AKG D112
Rode Microphones NT3
Shure SM57
Shure SM58
Shure PG52