Music Mixing is the process of combining multi track recordings to create a version of the song that sounds as good as possible. This technique can vary widely and due to the skill-level or intent of the mixer, largely depend on music genres and the quality of sound recordings involved. This process is generally carried out by a mixing engineer, though sometimes the record producer or recording artist may assist.
Mixing Process include :
- “Panning” the tracks between speakers to create a stereo image.
- Balancing the levels of the tracks that have been recorded in studio.
- Fine-tuning the sound of each instrument or voice using equalisation.
- Adding reverb, compression, and other effects to enhance the original recording.
Mixing in surround is very similar to mixing in stereo except that there are more speakers, placed to “surround” the listener. Mixing often also includes a good deal of editing & choosing the best bits of every take of a song, and sometimes even building musical elements from scratch. In a surround mix, sounds can appear to originate from many more or almost any direction depending on the number of speakers used, their placement and how audio is processed. Sometimes there is so much editing involved it forms a separate stage in between tracking and mixing.