Mixing is the final stage of your multi-track session where you balance all the levels, apply
effects and make any last minute edits – or even record any additional material that you feel is
needed. Many engineers prefer to build their mixes from the outset of the project – balancing
levels, panning and adding effects so that the mix develops continually throughout the process.
Others will start afresh after all the recording and basic editing has taken place. Some engineers
will particularly value the use of an external control surface during the mixing process as this
provides immediate tactile control of fader levels, mutes and so forth. Others will find that using
the keyboard commands and mouse control is perfectly acceptable. As with the Recording and
Editing chapters, I will introduce various features that you will use during your mixing sessions
before presenting practical examples.