Mixing in Mono Tutorial: The Classic Trick That Could Save Your Mix

This week we are discussing a hot topic that has been on a lot of engineer’s minds in recent years. Mixing in mono is a classic technique that several engineers swear by. Though this technique has been used countless times since the beginning of music recording and hasn’t disappeared from the mixing scene, mixing in mono has become a big discussion again in recent years due to Kendrick Lamar’s Engineer Mixed By Ali publicly addressing his mixing techniques in mono.

Mixing in mono can be a challenge at times; however, the struggle is well worth it. This technique can really help improve your mix quality, and it may even be the missing step you need to bring your mixes to the next level.

In this video, we start off face-to-face in the studio discussing some reasons why you should considering mixing in mono and why so many pros swear by this technique. After a 10 minute detailed discussion, we move on to our DAW to show you how to mix in mono in different DAWs such as: Pro Tools, Ableton, Logic, FL Studio, & Reason. Finally, we finish with showing you the importance of making your gain staging, EQ, compression, & automation decisions in mono.

Follow along as professional engineer Eric “Realistic” Michael gives you a step-by-step guide on “Mixing In Mono.”

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Panipulator 2 is an update to the extremely simple and useful tool created at the request of Brandon Drury at Recording Review. It is an essential tool for checking how your mixes will translate to different systems. Best of all, it’s available for free.

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Realistic is a Music Producer and Engineer located in the Twin Cities. He started out playing guitar and piano in 2003 and has been producing and recording music since 2004. He produces Hip-Hop, R&B, Pop, & Dance music. 


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