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A Balanced Mix

A good sounding mix must sound balanced and pleasing to the human ear. Which means that all the elements must have a relatively even volume level in the mix. It is normal and fine for some levels to be raised in the mix if some musical elements need to be highlighted like a lead guitar solo or certain climaxes in a song. Amateur mixes are more often than not unbalanced and a poorly balanced mix is the most obvious sign that your mix isn’t pro!


Let us look at some of the most common problems that plague an amateurish mix:

  • Overall mix and individual tracks are clipping
  • Mix doesn’t translate well on other listening devices
  • Drums sound weak
  • Not enough low end
  • Your mix sounds harsh
  • Unbalanced levels
  • Too much reverb
  • Mix sounds too bright
  • Poor panning