MUM 1629 - Lesson 1 - Introduction to Music Mixing (YouTube)

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What was the initial recording format for songs mentioned in the text?

What method was used to create a balance between individual instruments in the early mono recordings?

In modern times, what type of mixdown are most people working towards?

What is the purpose of placing a microphone in front of every instrument in the recording process?

What is the purpose of the volume (fader-riding) and pan-knob in the mixing phase?

Why is understanding the basics of mixing music important even for electronic music producers?

What is the main reason for using multiple microphones in a recording setup?

Where are bass frequencies typically placed in the recording space during the mixing phase?

What is the primary function of equalizers and compressors in the mixing process?

Which phase of the recording process involves capturing eight separate tracks of instruments?

In which genre is an open and defined mix commonly used?

Which knob on the mixing console is used for positioning sounds on the X-axis in the 3D mix?

What does 'wall of sound' refer to in terms of mixing styles?


  • Each microphone transmits a mono-signal, which is then recorded into a mixing console or computer.
  • Recording process involves capturing eight separate tracks of instruments.
  • Mixing phase begins with fitting the whole band into two speakers, creating a three-dimensional space between them.
  • Volume (fader-riding) and pan-knob are used for positioning sounds in the 3D mix: changing volume moves sounds on the Z-axis, panning moves sounds on the X-axis.
  • Bass frequencies are typically placed in the center, while instruments are panned to reflect their physical position in the recording space.
  • Different mixing styles are used depending on the genre and desired sound: open and defined mix (jazz), wall of sound (commercial productions), and underground mix (less focused on vocals).
  • Mixing process involves adjusting levels, panning, filtering, and using equalizers and compressors for frequency definition and sound balance.
  • Mixing tutorials will cover signal flow, functions, and knobs on mixing consoles, with applications to creating mixes of various track counts.

Description Learn the basics of mixing music in this tutorial, including an overview of the recording process and the fundamentals of mixing. Get ready to explore mixing consoles and understand how to mix individual instruments into a cohesive sound.

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