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119: Why We Mix Into A Mix Bus Chain (This Is Not Mastering!)

On this episode we explain the concept of a mix bus chain, tell you why we use one and compare mixing into a mix bus chain vs applying mix bus processing at the end of the mixing process.

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Here's why you should care:

You don’t have to use mix bus processing, but if you choose to (and most people do), there’s a right and a wrong way to do it.

If done wrong, you can completely mess up your balance, destroy everything you’ve worked hard for in your mix, or make it very hard for you to make good decision throughout the process.

If done right, however, it can save you time, create the perfect energy for the song, glue everything together and assist you in your mixing decisions.

This is what we cover on the show:

  • What does a typical mix bus chain look like? 
  • What’s the difference to mastering? Is there any? 
  • Mixing into the chain vs applying it afterwards
  • What are some starting points you should try on your mix bus?
  • How to use mix bus processing properly and get the most benefit from it
  • What to avoid

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This episode was edited by Thomas Krottenthaler.

Benedikt's voice on this episode has been recorded with the Antelope Axino Synergy Core.


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