My goal when mixing is to give each song the attention to detail it deserves in order to make it stand out from the crowd. I take a hybrid approach to mixing and use a combination of analogue and digital gear to make mixes sound natural, dynamic, open, and full of depth while remaining faithful to the true essence of the artist’s sound in a mix.
MY MIXING PROCESS:
Mixing is so much more than just adjusting the volume levels of individual instrument and vocal tracks. Yes, that is a big part of mixing, but it’s by no means the whole story. Mixing typically involves:
*The "Technicals": In addition to tweaking volume levels of the tracks, I typically apply tasteful EQ and compression so each track will sit properly in the mix. I also use effects (reverb, delay, chorus, etc.) in varying amounts depending on the song as well as panning and automation. These techniques ensure each instrument and voice has its own "space" in the mix.
*"Emotional" Aspects: A song doesn't have to just sound right, but it has to "feel" right. Does it "groove" properly? Does the chorus feel like the "main idea" of a song, and does it convey the proper emotion? Does the song build to its climax properly? Those are just some of the questions I ask myself when mixing. The emotional apects can separate a good mix from a great mix.
*Psycho-acoustics: I like to make certain instruments and voices sound larger, louder, and wider in mixes and to make certain tracks "pop out" and "explode" out of the speakers. Just like the emotional aspects, the psycho-acoustics can make or break a song for its audience.
*"Stylistic" Aspects: The different genres of music have their own stylistic trends and unwritten "rules" for how mixes should sound. Even though there's no "right" or "wrong" way to mix a song, we make sure each mix fits the musical style of that particular song.