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Shaping Sound in the Studio and Beyond: Audio Aesthetics and Technology by Gary Gottlieb

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A Good Mix

What constitutes a good mix? Some engineers will answer that question with a list of subjective or quantitative qualities, including descriptions of relative timbre, loudness, and placement. Audio professionals will all agree that a mix needs to be free of noise and distortion. There will be general agreement that the end users or observers should be able to hear all elements. When we get to the part about just how clearly all these elements need to be heard, their opinions will depend on both their personal taste and their work history. Someone who loves country music may be predisposed to like a tune with fiddles way up front, just as an engineer who has been specializing in dance remixes for the last 10 years will probably appreciate ...

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