The Process of Audio Mixing (9)

The Music Telegraph | Text 2019/05/31 [13:59]

The Process of Audio Mixing (9)

The Music Telegraph| 입력 : 2019/05/31 [13:59]

 



The Process of Audio Mixing (9)

 

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.

 

13. Check the Mix on Alternate Speakers

 

Before you sign off on a mix, do as many "reality checks" as possible. During much of the mixing process, switch back and forth between headphones at low volume and speakers at moderate volume. But toward the end of the process, play the tune back over hi-fi speakers, little Auratone monitors, the earphones on Walkman, and so on. It can be useful to even blast it once or twice. It's also good to play the mix on sets of really bad hi-fi speakers. If the mix sounds good on all of these various transducers, you should consider the mix a success.

 

If you are working in a studio that you haven't used before, it's a good idea to take the first completed mix and play it back at a different studio just to get a different persopective. If you are ever at a studio where the previous client had decided to play with the room equalizer, checking a mix at a different studio would be cheap insurance indeed against blowing a project (or forcing the mastering engineer to go through some real contortions to make your mix presentable).

 

The one point we can't stress enough is that aside from mastering, the mix is the very last chance to make something sound good before it goes out into the world. Is it worth spending that extra hour to clean up a sound or enhance the vocal? Yes. Once a tune is mixed, it's etched in oxide. One big luxury of mixing at home studio or locking up a commercial studio for long stretches is that you can leave a mix set up overnight and hear it fresh the next day. If the mix is completed late at night, you may not be in the proper physical or mental condition to critically pass judgment on it until you can listen to it the next morning with "fresh ears".

 

 

 

 

 

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