How to Start a Mix the Right Way — Gain Staging, Plugin Sweet Spots and More

By August 3, 2018 Mixing

I receive the following questions all the time:

  1. How do I start a mix the right way?
  2. How much signal do my plugins need to hit the “sweet spot”?
  3. How do I push up a rough mix that won’t send me on an endless balance chase throughout the mixing process?

If you want to learn how to do all of this and more, today’s video is for you!

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What do you think? Are you going to give this a try in your next mix? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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  • Ken Harvey says:


    Why don’t you set the gain using RMS with all levels at zero? It is my understanding that if you use peak your gain will usually be to low which I believe is why you are pushing up the clip gain. In digital we want the path to be all at zero if we can for the best sound. If the gain is to low we loose 1 bit of processing, out of 24 bit’s, for every 6db we are to low. Is there a plugin you are aware of the normalizes to RMS?

    This is an area I am struggling with in Pro-Tools. I start with using your gain reduction methods but by the time I add everything in my master bus and master meter are clipping so I chase my tail for hours.

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