We believe that what makes a great mix, even more importantly than equipment and experience in the craft, is the ability of a producer / engineer to understand the emotion and message of a song, and knowing how to transport that emotion effectively through the sound of the music. It’s one thing to understand the technology of music production and know how to theoretically use whatever you have in front of you, it’s something else to know what exactly a voice, an instrument or a mix needs, to capture its essence and make it sound “larger than life”.
Mixing a song is about finding balance.
We have to understand that our sense of hearing is steadily controlled and adapted by our brain, which tries to make sense of the information it recieves. When we hear a mix of instruments, our brain assigns positions and relations between these instruments though volume, frequency response and psychoacoustic information like echos and effects. Effectively this means that every instrument has to be mixed only in relation to everything else. For example, if a voice needs more low end energy, and you can’t seem to get it right with eq, instead of adding to the voice you might just have to reduce the low end on the beat. In relation to the beat the voice will now sound like it has a stronger low-end.
Another important factor for a great mix is the stage of editing an arrangement. Anything that is not timed correctly, from instruments to vocal doubles, will introduce a sense of imperfection or even amateurism to the song. Taking the time to perfect an arrangement in terms of precision will elevate the mix to another level before you have even started mixing.
The things stated here are also reasons why there is no go-to method for mixing. There are no pre-sets or fixed patterns you could apply to any signal, because every voice, every instrument, every room, every microphone and every performance is different. The key to a good sound lies in the ability to understand what the vision is, and what is needed to get from A to B.
Every mixing engineer has a specialty area. While knowledge and experience in music production are universal across genres, specific techniques usually shape the current popular sound of a genre. The history and therefore focus of our music production lies in Pop and Hiphop music. If you want to give us a shot to perfect your track, check out our online mixing service!