What is mixing specifically?
Mixing is the process of
balancing the individual tracks of a session. This includes the use of eq’s,
compressors, various effects like reverb, and often tuning the vocals for
pitch. The mix of a song determines
what the listener pays attention to, and even sets the sound-scape for the song
to happen in.
Mixing pays close attention to
Think of your
favorite hit song.
Ever notice how
the drums seem to sound a whole lot better than any real life drums you’ve ever
Ever notice how
something always seems to have your attention? That’s mixing.
Ever notice that you’re hanging on every word that singer is telling
you, or how each note seems totally captivating? That’s the art of
Is Mixing a Big Deal?
Mixing will make
or break a song.
No matter how
great your melody is, if it’s washed out by too much reverb, nobody will be
If it’s too
flat or dry, it will flop out of the speakers.
Is Mixing Technical?
art of mixing has evolved to utilize automation on the levels of each track,
(the effects in the song) even the eq’s are now automated. Why all this
- Imagine the
singer is front and center as you’re listening. When the singer isn’t singing, what
takes the place of the voice? Something has to slightly move up in
volume, to take the place of the missing vocals. If it doesn’t, the song will sound
quieter without the singer, like the music is sitting in the background waiting
for the vocals to show up. This is a basic function of automation
- More intricate
mixes will actually automate changes in the eq’s and effects throughout the
Remember that hit song that seems to sound huge and exciting in the
chorus but tight and intimate in the verses? Automation.
Can't I just do it myself?
The revolution of DAWs in home
studios has brought us a level of music production unheard of even 10 years
While that’s great news for a new artist starting out, it’s also a
challenge when it comes to getting the best quality results.
Mixing is a
crucial stage where a lot of magic can be added, and a lot of, well, flaws, can
be touched up or even fixed.
competitive music market of today it makes sense to get every competitive edge
you can, so your music sticks out and sounds the way it
Why Private Records?
What do you use for all this Wizardry?
We use Protools HD. That’s the
industry standard for professional audio.
There are some
alternative approaches in pro audio. Our attitude is you truly do get what
you pay for.
HD you get the best: HD3; ICON d-command; 192
i/o’s; TDM plugins; transformer based analogue compression, limiting and 2 bus