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A mixer is generally used twice in the recording process. First to set the levels to be recorded onto an individual track, that includes adjusting the tone of the voice or instrument (EQ) and adjusting the amount of effects to enhance the quality of the track. Once this part has been accomplished and recorded, the second use of the mixer is to blend the ...


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Let's say you've recorded a couple of vocals, a set of drums, two guitars, bass and keyboards. Using only one track for each, that's seven different tracks. (Keys are usually stereo, drums could be seven separate tracks of their own). Most stereo systems use two tracks, left and right. If we listen on cans, that's about all we need. First a balance of volume ...


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The begin of the Wikipedia article already describes it very well. The term "mixing down" emphasizes that you have more tracks than output channels. For example 1 track per instrument/vocals but only 2 channels (stereo) for output. I don't think people say "mixing down" when the output is in surround - then it's just mixing - but I am ...


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