Which is how you might find yourself whether you’re doing it, having it done for you or just helping it happen. We’re speaking here specifically of the Magical Mystical Mix. Which sits at the rubicon moment of any musical project: too far into it to go back, not close enough to it to stop. All kinds of things happen here in this space between being and non, with the faint of heart losing heart and those stout of purpose actually crafting out of all of their song styling strivings something worthwhile and lasting. And being one and not the other is the key difference between the also’s and the ran’s.
And to that end we’re here to help.
Or rather JACK JOSEPH PUIG is. He of the mix mastery, holding court at LA’s Ocean Way and being the go-to guy when you got a mix that’s got to get to a go-to guy: he is IT. And he kicks off THE ULTIMATE MIX ISSUE with a possibly apt nod to Picasso when he says “If I had my way, and I could speak to Picasso today, I would not be interested in what kind of brush or paint Picasso used, or where he got the paint from. I would want to know what he was thinking when he was painting the picture.”
Add to that TAL HERZBERG’s take on The Big Lie #39 – “we can fix it in the mix” – and Anderton’s mix of tricks on Mixing With Plug-Ins plus The Shootout at EQ Corral’s six gun take on studio design and The Art of Recording’s Comparing Preamps and you’ve got the nearest and best solution to avoiding the painful and embarrassing discomfort of a bad mix that can’t be blamed on anybody but you.
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