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Recording and Producing Audio for Media by Stanley R. Alten

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Chapter 21. Mixing: An Overview

Until now the elements that go into producing audio have been considered separately. But audiences are usually not aware of ingredients; they hear only the final product, the result of the last phases in the production process—mixing and rerecording. The procedure in getting to the final stages in production may differ among the media, but the purpose is the same: to combine the parts into a natural and integrated whole.

Mixing is the final opportunity to take care of any unsolved problems. Inevitably, each stage of production leaves problems for the next stage. Issues that may not be resolvable in one phase can often be taken care of later on. But mixing is usually the last stop, and any problems created there either ...

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