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Mixing, Recording, and Producing Techniques of the Pros, Second Edition by Rick Clark

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Chapter 17. Mixing

If you ask most consumers what drives them to purchase certain albums, chances are the way an album “sounds” figures in almost as much as the artist’s elements of songwriting, playing, and singing. If you ask almost any mixer to state a mixing philosophy, he or she will probably tell you that it is to be as transparent as possible, allowing the artist’s vision to shine through.

The average music listener might be content with the idea that the artist naturally “sounds” the way he or she does on record, but what would the Beatles have sounded like without George Martin? Would the Righteous Brothers’ “You Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” or “Unchained Melody” have the same transcendent power had Phil Spector not imbued them with his Wall ...

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