Where do I put the lead vocal in a mix?

I had a great question to come to me from a new subscriber. It’s a question that we all have at some point.

Where does the lead vocal go in a mix?

I answered with the method that I use to place the vocal in a mix.

Finding exactly where to put the vocal is the trickiest of tricks. I think finding that place just comes from comparing your music to other radio artists’ music…And trying to match it.

Don’t try to”beat” it right now because if you are like most of us, You are still trying to find out what the industry-standard is.

So, find some good music, and compare it to your latest mix. Make sure your vocal is in the same space and place of that music and you will be off to a great start.

Question: Name a mixer who always seems to get the vocal right in a mix. Do you compare your mixes to theirs?