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...

Flanger

Flanger is an effect original done with two tape machines. Both machines played the same signal and were synchronized to each other. The engineer...

Pan Pots

Pan Pots (short for Panoramic Potentiometers) are used to send a signal to the left or right channel (or speakers), both channels equally, or...

New York Compression

New York Compression is a variation on Parallel Compression used specifically on drums. The variation is simply that in addition to hitting the parallel...

Doubling

Doubling can be done in two ways: the first is double tracking or stacking - recording the same instrument multiple times to make it...

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...

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...

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...

Insert

An insert basically inserts the processor or effect in the flow of the signal chain. It does this by stopping the audio in its...

Compression

What is Compression in Audio? Compression is the most common form of dynamics processor used in audio. It turns down the peaks of an...

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...

Parallel Compression

What is Parallel Compression? Standard compression is usually done with the compressor inserted on the track so the result is a wet or processed...

Selling Out

What is 'Selling Out'? The term selling out generally refers to someone who compromises on their morals, values, or goals in order to receive fame,...