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The essence of mixing is the balance between instruments or mix elements. No matter how good you are at other aspects of the mixing process, if you don't get the balance right, you don't have a good mix. Before we begin mixing, let's look at some of the balancing concepts that are important to grasp. There are a number of places to start your mix from, which we'll explore in subsequent videos. There is no right or wrong way to build a mix. Wherever you start your mix from, keep in mind that the mix bus level will get louder and louder with every instrument entrance. It's best to begin your mix with the mix bus meter, or the master meters, reading at about -10 dB regardless of what instrument you start off with.
With each instrument that enters at the same level as the current mix, the master mix meter will increase about 3 dB. Finally, remember that the sound of every drum will change anywhere from a little to a lot when a new drummer cymbal is added to the mix, due to the leakage of the other drums into the mic. In the next series of movies, we'll explore all the aspects of building your mix, but remember that these principles will apply, regardless of where your mix starts from.
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