Logic Pro X: 3 Sound-Mixing Tips - dummies

Logic Pro X: 3 Sound-Mixing Tips

By Graham English

Part of Logic Pro X For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Mixing is the art of balancing tracks and manipulating sound to achieve a cohesive listening experience. Fundamental rules of audio may apply to mixing, but the subjective tastes of you and your listeners ultimately decide whether a mix is a great experience.

You can quickly get good at mixing if you follow this advice:

  • Don’t clip the audio signal. Your level meters should never reach 0 dBFS, the digital audio limit. To give yourself plenty of headroom, pretend that -6 dBFS (or even -12 or -18) is 0 dBFS. Lowering the levels 6-18 dB will improve the sound quality and your workflow.

  • Mix at different volume levels. Mix at low volume levels to focus on the balance of the midrange frequencies (roughly, between 250 Hz and 8 kHz). Mix at moderate volume levels to focus on low frequencies (up to around 250 Hz) and upper frequencies (above 8 kHz). Avoid prolonged exposure to loud music to protect yourself from hearing loss.

  • Master your mix separately. Mastering is the process of fine-tuning the mix as a whole and boosting the volume to competitive levels. Mastering occurs after your mix is complete.

    When you can, have your final mixes mastered by a fresh set of ears. Good mastering engineers are like the four-star chefs of audio; they can provide just the right amount of seasoning and high-quality ingredients to your project.