BETTER PLUG-INS, AUTOMATIC MIXING, COMBO CONTROL SURFACES—THE RULES OF THE MIXING GAME ARE CHANGING
Mixing is the penultimate part of the recording process, just before you entrust your music to mastering. But we’ve come a long way from huge consoles and racks of outboard gear—now plug-ins provide powerful processing at a petite price, compact control surfaces give hands-on control, and some mixing tasks are turning robotic. So, let’s look at ten new products that take us into the future, while respecting the traditions of the past (and we’ll throw in a bunch of useful tips, too).
TIP: THE “HALFWAY RULE” FOR ADJUSTING EQ
Suppose an instrument doesn’t sound bright enough, so you boost a 3kHz high shelf by 4dB. Okay, but immediately cut the boost in half to 2dB, and live with that for a while—it takes time for your ear to get acclimated to changes. The “halfway” rule applies to cuts, too.