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How to Get That 'Wow' Kind of Mix

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This article originally appeared on The Recording Revolution.

 

Every time I crack open the latest issue of Sound on Sound or watch an interview with a top mix engineer sitting in his studio surrounded by racks of outboard gear, I’m reminded of one thing: Mixing is elevated above all other aspects of the song creation process.

Everyone is talking about “magic” plugins, summing mixers, and secret side-chain tricks. I get it. Mixing is a complex art form and it can make or break a good recording. That’s why I create some of the best mixing resources on the planet. (You can get started with this free guide.)

But perhaps we elevate it too much.

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The One Mixing "Tool" Many of Us Aren’t Taking Advantage Of

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When you think about mixing, where does your mind immediately jump to? EQ? Compression? Or what about delay and reverb? Or perhaps automation, sample rates, conversion, summing, speakers, or acoustic treatment? Mixing is about all of those things, yes. But, ironically, there's an even simpler "tool" at your disposal on every mix that, in reality, most of us just don’t take advantage of: volume.

The Secret to Getting a Killer Mix

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The secret to getting a killer mix is to not wait until the mix to start. What I mean is that 50 percent or more of your mix will come from your recording decisions (for better or for worse). And yet most of us don't even begin thinking about the mix until mixing day. At that point, it's almost too late.

The Simple Test You Can Do to Find the Right Microphone for Your Voice

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Doing what I do, I hear this question a lot: "What is the best vocal mic for the home studio?" Unfortunately, it's a really bad question. Here's a better one: "What is best vocal mic for my voice/singer?" This is at least a step in the right direction, although I can't answer it for you. Here's the real answer: the "best" vocal mic for your voice or singer is the one that's the best match.