Mix volume matters (and how to set it correctly)

what sound engineers need to know

Volume creep. It’s a real thing.

You know what I’m talking about.

It’s when you gradually turn up the volume throughout the session. Just a little bit more, and more, and more, one bit at a time.

Worst case: Until your ears are shot, your brain is fried, and you have no idea what is going on in the music.

But even if you’re just in the “volume knob fidgeting” camp, you’re not doing yourself any service.

Constantly messing with the mix volume is one of the most detrimental things you can do to your perception of the music.

In this week’s video I’m going to explain why that is, and then give you a simple 2 step process to:

  • find the mix volume that works best for you
  • how to keep it constant
  • how to best use that in combination with reference tracks


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  • Optimize the low end and minimize reflection effects
  • Get the distance between wall and speakers right
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