Mixing
What is mixing specifically?

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 detail. 
  • 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 heard?  That’s mixing. 
  • 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 mixing.
Is Mixing a Big Deal?

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 captivated. 
  • If it’s too flat or dry, it will flop out of the speakers.  
Is Mixing Technical?

Is Mixing Technical?

The 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 automation? 

  • 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 in mixing. 
  • More intricate mixes will actually automate changes in the eq’s and effects throughout the song.  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?

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 ago.  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. 
  • In the 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 should.
Why Private Records?

Why Private Records?

At Private Records we utilize leading edge gear, without costly overheads. 

  • This means you can have your music mixed in a studio with the exact same equipment as the big boys use, without having to pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars just to be in a facility with leather couches!  Fancy couches and spacious lobbies don’t have too much impact on your sound!
What do you use for all this Wizardry?

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. 
  • With Protools HD you get the best:  HD3; ICON d-command;   192 i/o’s; TDM plugins; transformer based analogue compression, limiting and 2 bus summing.
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