Mixing for audiophiles

October 1, 2021
 by Paul McGowan

2 comments on “Mixing for audiophiles”

  1. I know when I hear a ‘mix’ that I think is spot-on fantastic; that’s all that matters…to me.
    I’m waiting on delivery of my first ‘Octave Records’ CD & then I’ll know 😉

  2. As Paul points out, most recordings are mixed as a compromise between the needs of different listeners. I discovered this when I experimented with home recording a few years ago. I mixed my projects using a pair of KEF Ref 104/2 speakers which have great bass. I was generally pretty pleased with the results, but when I listened on the car stereo, not so much. On the tiny speakers in a smart phone my mixes sounded terrible. By contrast, commercial reference mixes survived the translation to inferior systems much better, probably because they ensured there was some upper bass to hint at what was missing. It would be nice for mix and mastering engineers to be able to concentrate solely on producing tracks for listeners with credible replay systems.

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