Mixing is the process of taking multiple individually recorded elements and adding processing, effects, and balancing levels to create a deliverable mono, stereo, or surround sound track.

There are many basic aspects of mixing, so we’ve created a series of articles that quickly and simply explain common terms and concepts in mixing. Browse below to check them out!

Gate

An Audio Gate or Noise Gate is another dynamics processor that works kind of opposite from a compressor. A gate uses the threshold to...

Reverb

Reverb is a time-based effect that emulates or recreates the natural ambience of an acoustic space. It is sometimes called echo (often used to...

Faders

Fader Faders control the level of audio passing through the output of a channel. Most faders have a detented resting position about 2/3rds up its...

Mute Button

Mute Button The mute button is one of the most basic functions of an audio console. When the mute button is engaged the track is...

Delay

Delay is simply a repeat of the audio signal playing later in time (or delayed) from the original. It can also be called echo...

Metering

Metering There are two main types of meters in audio, peak and rms (root mean square or average). Each of these have their own benefits,...

Phaser

Phaser sounds very similar to Flanger but is created in a different way. A phaser splits the signal and sends one signal to be...

Solo Button

Solo Button The solo button is a useful feature found on most any console; analog, digital and virtual. What the solo button basically does is...

Groups

Groups and submixes are related to each other and often get confusing, but there is one simple difference. Submixes are when multiple tracks are...

Record Button

Record Button The record or Arm button is a function found on recorders and not necessarily mixing consoles. This button’s purpose is to determine if...

Limiter

An audio limiter is basically a compressor on steroids. Once the compression ratio goes above 10:1 on a compressor you have limiting. As a...

Expander

An expander is closely related to a gate like a limiter is related to a compressor. An expander leaves louder information (that is above...

What Really Is A Mixtape?

What is a mixtape? Is it a group of songs given away for free? Is it a gathering of songs from multiple artists? Is...