Mixing, what, why, and how?

Updated: Nov 18, 2019

Live Performance

Before getting to mixing, lots of music begin as a live performance, in-studio, or in front of a live audience. An important aspect of watching a live concert is seeing artists performing their musical intentions, and we pick up a lot of information from their facial and body expression, which is also amplified by the use of creative lighting, visual effects and powerful sound systems. A music recording lacks the human presence, visuals, performance, and wattage (in most consumer cases), so it needs to be refined in some other way to simulate the human expression and to be more engaging for the listener.