Mix Smart Case Credo #6

Like all good lists, the Case Credo has 10.

Here’s #6:

Contrasts Communicate Clearly

A passion for power and the desire to make a strong impression tempts the mix engineer to hype each and every track – to make the mix loud by making each and every track loud. This is a mistake. Thrill the audience with volume by including moments of quiet. Make things energetic through moments of calm. Make some tracks bright by making others less so. Make some mix elements wide by keeping others point-source-narrow. Pull some tracks forward, close, and in-yer-face by placing others more distant. You’ll best communicate the extraordinary by including a tasteful amount of ordinary.

from MIX SMART Chapter 10: Future Proof Mix Skills {pp. 227}