The Process of Audio Mixing (8)
Here are the steps involved in audio mixing a project. However, note that these often interact to a large extent, and at times you may find yourself going back to previous steps or anticipating future ones.
Go back and tweak whatever needs tweaking until everything sounds perfect. As mentioned at the beginning, all of these settings are interactive, and you'll probably find it necessary to go back and "re-tweak" sounds (making slight changes in EQ, amount of reverb, levels, and so on) until everything falls into place. If you hear something that irritates you, or something that isn't quite right, fix it now - or it will come back to haunt you every time you listen to the mix. Mixing is a long, tedious process. Many engineers find it absolutely necessary to take a twenty-minute break every couple of hours and get a snack, let their ears relax, answer some of the phone calls that the answering machine took while they were mixing and so on. Far from disturbing one's concentration, a break lets you "reset" your ears and restores a bit of perspective. You may even find that a part you felt was too loud (or soft) before you took the break now sounds just the reverse. When you're paying big bucks for time in a studio, it may seem that taking a break translate into losing money. In the long run, though, a bit of a break will usually save time and allow you to maintain whatever objectivity you have left concerning a mix.
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