Mixing for the Medium

A few years ago I was teaching a class in sound design.  A student brought in a mix of one of his favorite tunes that sounded like it was mixed inside a pulsating thunderstorm.

It reminded me of that car you hear coming down the street six blocks before it reaches you.  All you hear is boom, boom, boom.

MIxing for video requires an understanding of both video and audio.

MIxing for video requires an understanding of both video and audio.

It just felt like something was missing.

I tweaked a few knobs, adjusted a few things and amazingly there was music hidden behind the bass.  When I asked him what he thought he exclaimed, “OMG I didn’t know that cut had words.”

OK I get it.  When you go to the local rave it is more important to feel the 60 cycle sound pressure pulse in your chest.   It’s exciting.

Interestingly enough, it is pretty hard to “experience” the physical feeling produced by a reflex sub woofer when you are listening on a cell phone.

Every medium has its strengths and weaknesses.  Get over it.  Listen to your mix on the same medium your audience will be using.

Back in the day when I worked in studios we used Auratones to simulate AM radio, near field monitors to simulate FM radio and 12 in. JBL’s to simulate home and professional stereo systems.

Today the spread is even greater.  Your products will be heard on smart phones, MP3 players, pads, tablets, laptops, desktops, television and maybe larger venue systems.

Sound Mixing for online web audio

Live Sound

Positional audio

Frequency Chart

EQ Warm a voice and improve diction

EQ’ing spoken word.