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Mixing a Musical by Shannon Slaton

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MIXING THE MUSICAL

“You don’t have the emotional capacity to mix my musical.”

Arthur Laurents, director and writer of West Side Story and Gypsy, giving a note to a mixer.

Well, here is the big chapter on mixing. I saved it for last because it is the most important, but also you won’t get to this stage unless you do everything else. You have to plan the system and build it and load it in and program the console before you can mix. Once you have reached the point of mixing, then everything that preceded is in the past. You could’ve had the most perfect build and take-in and if you blow the mix then none of it counts. If you had a miserable load-in and made huge mistakes but you mix an incredible show, then most of your mistakes will start ...

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