Mixing is crucial to every recording. It’s equivalent to being the chef when cooking and preparing a meal. Think of the initial recording with your engineer as deciding which ingredients you want and then choosing the most fresh, aromatic, and organic ingredients. Once you have all the pieces filleted, diced, and seasoned (or edited and arranged in this analogy), the chef (mix engineer) is responsible for putting it all together and ensuring that the ingredients are balanced well and cooked to perfection with just the right amount of spices. The mix engineer is responsible for getting all the individually recorded tracks to be balanced, yet distinguished, and working together to keep the overall sound pleasing, interesting, and/or exciting. Often mastering is confused with mixing, but mastering is more equivalent to making sure your perfectly cooked meal gets just a touch of salt and pepper (if needed) and is served on beautiful dinnerware instead of a paper plate. Mastering also prepares your product for duplication and ensures that every track is consistent in volume and tone. Listen to the tracks below and you’ll hear different styles and talents (ingredients), but you should notice clarity, balance, effects, depth, and dynamics (the chef) across every track.