Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Tips for Mixing at Low Volumes
1. Turn of RMC or ARC (if your system uses it)
At very low volumes you aren't exciting the room modes much. Leaving it on will lose bass and detail. If you are mixing at a medium level, maybe turn it on.
2. Boost LF (Bass) and HF (Treble) if your speakers or controller have it.
At low volume we can't hear bass or treble as well as midranges. Turn it up! This may seem wrong when using a high end monitor thats supposed to cover your butt, but it works. Hopefully there is just a switch. Going behind the monitor is a waste of time.
3. Use Solo. (mono)
Monitor in mono and hear the mix.
4. Listen to every instrument for clarity.
What is intelligible and what is not becomes apparent at lower volumes. At higher volume it can be too easy to hear everything. Not everyone listens to music loud.
5. Try different size speakers.
8" speakers or midfields radiate big at any volume. A different size could allow the low end to be more apparent at lower volumes. Make sure they are at ear level. A different brand may translate better at low volume than others as well.
Protect your ears!