If you haven’t guessed from my posts, I’m always on the hunt for a shortcut.
How complicated can it be to produce a song? How about VERY? Let me point out just a small list of some of the topics featured on WLPR:
- Archiving LPX Projects
- Pitch Correction for Vocals
- Dialing in Compression
- Managing Phase Relationships
- Minimum Phase EQ vs Linear EQ
And those topics are just a teensy tiny taste from the HUGE list of questions and concerns readers have had.
With such a tremendous amount of info you’ll need to remember every time you open Logic, how do you not go crazy???
After a while of trying to learn everything I possibly could about audio, I decided I needed a different approach.
Is audio complicated? Sure! But did we buy Logic to become scientists, or artists?
Years ago I decided I couldn’t keep up with learning everything about audio. So instead, I decided to focus on core philosophies.
You know what has helped me more than anything else when it comes to mixing?
Mixing my tracks in Mono.
Mono listening is when you combine stereo listening to only one signal straight down the center. So if you pan your guitar to the right, you still only hear it down the center.
Seems counter-intuitive, doesn’t it? What good is panning if you don’t really hear it?
Mono playback forces you to focus. Your tracks aren’t able to hide in the peripherals of the hard left or right. So if your mix is muddy, you have to do something about it.
I myself spend 80% of my mixing time in Mono. While only reintroducing the mix in Stereo once in a while for double-checking my panning.
So in today’s video, I sit down and do a preliminary mix only in Mono. That includes:
And then I show you the before and after results (both in mono and stereo). Check it out, and let me know what you think of mixing in Mono.