You have probably heard people telling you the importance of getting things good right from their source. Record your music well and there might be no need for you to do lots during the mixing phase. This can make the process of mixing so much easier when you already have good sounds you can work with right from the start.
But, what if your recording doesn’t sound that great from the very beginning?
This is when you need to pull out all stops and get the most out of the processing power you’ve got to transform an awful recording into something that sounds great and awesome. So, how can music mixing benefit all those recordings you have put your heart and soul into?
Clarity and Balance
The first and no doubt the immediate benefit to having a quality audio mixing is being able to enjoy clarity and balance in your sound. What does it mean, exactly? Your mix must have a great balance in four primary domains, namely level, depth, stereo image, and frequency. You would want to have a mix that sounds good at both high and low volumes. Once you have a mix that sounds great at various levels, you will achieve balance, mix fullness, and you will not be losing perspective, either in your headphones or on bigger venue speakers.
Your listeners must also be able to hear all the instruments and words throughout the whole song. There is certainly some bit for you to do here so that you can get a good mix, particularly when the source of your recording was no longer as amazing as it was supposed to be. In case the source of the recording was below average, it means that the mixer will have even more work to do. For artists who lack the training in mixing, there is no way that you can achieve a good mix. This is the very reason why you will need to have a reliable engineer on board.
It is music, and it is a business. Don’t forget about those who have the potential of listening to your music and leaving a significant impact on your career. These include entertainment attorneys, record label executives, newspaper or magazine writers, bloggers, producers for TV, film, theatre, and video games, radio hosts, DJs, music publishers, other artists, and above them all, your audience and all your potential fans. This list can go on and on, but surely, you probably got the point by this time. With the rise of the internet and the advent of modern technologies, you are currently competing on an international scale. You have to present yourself in the most professional way, and prove to everyone that your music is something worth listening to. There is fierce competition in making your music heard. You will need to put your best foot forward through an awesome sounding mix.
So, the next time you make music, try your hand with mixing to enjoy all these exciting perks.