CHAPTER 1 The Mix Mindset



Be of sound mind, heart, and soul.


Mixing is one of the most fulfilling activities we experience when creating recorded works of art, but it isn't easy. This essential production task requires broad technical mastery guided by inspired musical creativity. To be successful, we must mix smart.


When listening to a completed mix, engineers and music fans alike may be drawn to its unique features and exaggerated sonic details — the surreal aura around the vocal, the urgent push of the electric guitar, the adrenaline rush of the snare, the thunderous crush of the bass, and all things lush on the synths and samples. That's fine when listening to the final product — it's one way to enjoy the music. But ...

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