Why Gain Staging Is the Foundation of a Successful Mix

Why Gain Staging Is the Foundation of a Successful Mix

Gain staging and volume management are the solid foundation every mix sits upon, and yet it’s often glanced over by people first learning the ropes. The impulse to turn tracks up is almost impossible to deny, and we end up raising levels and raising levels until everything sounds like a big, loud mess. When a session is properly gain staged, things sound balanced whether it’s a banger or a ballad, and that is what we’re ultimately going for. In this piece, we talk about setting up your mix for success by properly managing volume levels, and the underlying theory behind gain staging.

If you’re interested in more technical information and specific tips on how to employ gain staging in your next mix, head to this guide.

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