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Shaping Sound in the Studio and Beyond: Audio Aesthetics and Technology by Gary Gottlieb

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Mixing in a Sphere

Having dealt with the nuts and bolts of the technical end of the mix, let’s discuss an aesthetic approach to mixing. Ask a dozen engineers about their aesthetic approach, and you will get a dozen different answers. There is no simple right or wrong, since two engineers can mix the same piece of music, take radically different approaches, end up with radically different mixes, and both could be right. I have heard engineers describe their aesthetic approach in many different terms. Some audio professionals will think of their mixes in terms of construction (building a foundation and building on it brick by brick), while some view it like a pyramid, still construction but with a stronger base and a narrower top. I’ve heard it ...

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