Beware of cookbooks – Strategies, not Recipes!

Seeking out a recipe for mixing in which someone else tells you the best EQ settings for snare drum or the best compressor settings for a lead vocal is futile. Not all snare drums are alike, and no two drummers are the same. They’ve never heard your vocal, as tracked with your microphone, in your room, for your song. How dare they tell you what to do?

Great mixes come from great strategies. You need a creative vision for the set of tracks provided and the technical expertise to realize that vision. Creative vision plus technical expertise! Each is a profoundly challenging thing to achieve on its own—the result of a lifetime of passionate progress—and you must excel at both.

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