chapter  34
12 Pages

Mixing theory

WithRick Snoman

Mixing electronic dance music is the last process in an extended chain of religious production ethics. Provided time has been taken throughout the project, mixing is perhaps the most straightforward and satisfying activity in the entire production. The magic happens during the production and mixing is merely the cleanup. If the music is mixed at high levels, there may be too little bass at lower volumes. The central aim of any mix is to achieve transparency and elicit an emotional response in listeners. Sounds placed on the virtual stage can be positioned anywhere between the left and right ‘walls’ using the pan parameter. The soundstage should be transparent so that it is possible to aurally picture the mix in three dimensions and pinpoint the position of each instrument. Since many electronic dance mixes are busy encompassing anything from 20 to 30 different instruments coinciding they each need a specific location within the mix.