CHAPTER 3

Low-End Damage Limitation

Even if the low end of your monitoring leaves much to be desired or you're forced to work mostly on headphones, all is by no means lost—as long as you're willing to learn a few special mixing and monitoring techniques.

It's the low end of the audio spectrum that presents the toughest mixing challenges when you're working under budgetary constraints, and in my experience it's this aspect of small-studio mixes that most often falls short when compared with professional productions. As I see it, the reason for this trend is that the only real low-frequency monitoring in a typical small studio comes from its nearfields, yet the majority of the small nearfield systems I've encountered in use suffer unacceptably ...

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