For me, mixing at Low Levels is a basic strategy in mixing, but I thought it was crazy too when I first heard the idea over 20 years ago. Thats why I want to give you MY top 3 reasons for mixing at lower levels.
- Because everything sounds good loud– If you can make your mix sound good, punchy and balanced at a low volume, chances are it’s going to sound GREAT when you turn it up.
- You can mix longer– As I have covered in some of my “Mix Like A Pro” classes, part of the reasons that professionals are professionals is they deliver on time! Their mixes are also (for the most part) consistent. If your ears get fatigued after a couple of songs, how are you going to mix the rest of the record?… Will it be consistent with the first song?
- Your ears will thank you– Are you in this for the long-haul or not? If you listen to music everyday, or several times a week, you need to save your ears as much as you can. I could think of nothing more frightening than to work hard learning your craft and gain your clients trust only to find out that your ears are fried from mixing so darn loud!
Below, I’d like for you to tell ME more reasons we should mix at a lower volumes? How do YOU mix?