Mixing is the process of bringing together all individual sounds in a recording to create the “final mix” of a song. During the process we’ll take the recorded tracks and balance them down to a stereo format. Manipulating them is then much easier, meaning we can:
– Adjust each instrument and sound with EQ and compression
– Add depth and width with FX, such as reverb and delay
– Balance the levels of the tracks
During the process a deal of editing is performed – which can include adjusting vocals, instruments or timings on the recording. Depending on the quality of the recording this can take little/more time depending on the complexity of the recording.
Once a final mix has been created, your recordings will then be ready to be Mastered.
‘Tracking’ is a common term for recording each sound individually; this may include vocals, backing vocals, drums, piano and any other type of sound you’ll find on a record. When recording at Embassy Studios we always track our sessions, which makes the editing and mixing a much easier process.
FX is short for effects, which are usually added to a recording during mixing. An echo is an example of an FX.
An EQ, or equaliser controls the levels of the song such as bass and treble.