Listmania is sweeping the nation! In an effort to satisfy the bottomless pit of demand for these types of things, I present to you the seven things you should never do while mixing.
7. Just because you’ve been doing something “this way for 20 years” doesn’t make it the right way or even a good way.
True, maybe no one is complaining, and you’re getting hired plenty, so who’s the real expert here?
Hopefully we can all stand to learn new things and do a better job.
It’s my experience that many of us are still a bit shy on some of the fundamentals. Know your signal flow? How about proper gain structure? The theory of formants and how they affect your mix?
Maybe you can answer “yes” to the first two, but how about that last one? Ever wonder how some shows sound terrific, but you can’t put your finger on why that is? There’s always a “why,” and we can all benefit from learning the “what” behind the “why” more often.
6. Maybe your mix does sound good - I’m big enough to admit it. Or at least, at the console it sounds good.
But do you walk around the venue and listen to the system from various seating areas? If not, you might be fooling yourself. It’s true that measurement tools can help us a great deal in setting up, tweaking and tuning these fabulous systems at our disposal today. Yet no matter how great the tool, it still can’t tell the difference between good and bad sound. Only you can do that.
I’m not suggesting leaving the console mid-show to go out to the highest seating area in the arena. However, before the show starts, you should have a good handle on coverage and how it sounds out in the house. Your audience certainly will.
A couple of summers ago, I took my daughter to see Rush at the Journal Pavilion outside of Albuquerque. It really struck me that even from the lawn, the sound was fantastic. Hats off to whomever was mixing that show.