Chapter 17


Mixing or balancing classical music recording is the art of blending microphone sources that contain varying amounts of spill and reverb as well as direct sound from each source. EQ is generally minimal and subtle, and the use of appropriate artificial reverb is an essential skill. At all times, the aim is a balance of clarity with a sense of real space, perspective, and depth, and the listener should never be aware of the presence of individual microphone sources that are too dry, too mono, or both.

With the advent of inexpensive multi-track recording and editing, classical workflow has become more fluid with regard to whether editing comes before or after mixing. The skill of mixing straight to stereo on session is still ...

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