Chapter 1: Mixing Basics

In This Chapter

check.png Getting to know the mix process

check.png Managing levels

check.png Using control surfaces and external mixers

check.png Understanding the stereo field

check.png Using reference CDs

Think about all the time it took for you to record all the tracks for your song. You spent countless hours setting up mics; getting good, hot (high, but not distorting) levels on your instruments; and making sure that each performance was as good as you could get it. You’d think, then, that most of your work would be done.

Well, on the one hand, it is — because you no longer have to set up and record each instrument. On the other hand, you still have to make all the parts that you recorded fit together. This process can take as long as it took you to record all the tracks in the first place. In fact, for many people, it takes even longer to mix the song than to record all its parts.

In this chapter, I introduce you to the process of mixing your music. You get a chance to see the basics of mixing using ...

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