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Music Production: Recording by Carlos Lellis

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THE MUSICIANS’ CUE MIX

It is not possible for artists to perform well if they cannot hear themselves appropriately and although this may seem obvious, some engineers do not appear to understand the importance of the cue mix. The musicians’ monitoring experience while recording can affect every aspect of their performance and in controlled environments, e.g. in a studio, it should be possible (and advisable) for engineers to create monitoring mixes that are more than just suitable. When artists are provided with outstanding cue mixes, they are encouraged to perform at a high level and not uncommonly if what they hear has a ‘record-like’ quality they will seem more capable of delivering ‘record-like’ material.

Performance monitoring set-ups can ...

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