The Six Elements of a Mix

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The following material is adapted from chapter 4 of The Mixing Engineer’s Handbook by Bobby Owsinski

Balance. The volume-level relationship between musical elements.

Frequency range. Having all audible frequencies properly represented.

Panorama. Placing a musical element in the soundfield.

Dimension. Adding ambience to a musical element.

Dynamics. Controlling the volume envelope of an individual track or the entire mix.

Interest. Making the mix special.

Owsinski (2013-04-09). The Mixing Engineer’s Handbook, 3rd ed. (chapter 4). Cengage Learning PTR. Kindle Edition.

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