Chapter 3Laying the Foundation

Creating a Starting Position


There are no rules for mixing a project. Some mixers turn on all the channels at once and start moving faders, while others begin with the drums on solo and gradually add the rest of the elements. The first approach immediately gives you a sense of context. It makes it easier to hear where the sound of a piece of music could go. However, it can make it more difficult to analyze problems in the mix, because everything is loaded onto your plate at once. Conversely, the second approach allows you to focus on details, with the risk of losing sight of the big picture.

Which approach works best in your situation depends on a single question. How much do you already know about the music ...

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