Which one of these lies are you buying into?

(Hint: I’ve been guilty of all of ’em in the past.)

1. I don’t need to listen to my mix on anything other than my studio monitors.

2. The more time I spend on this mix, the more perfect it will be.

3. This mix sounds bad in my car because my car stereo sucks.

4. If I can’t hear something in the mix, it’s because I haven’t compressed it enough.

5. I can make this mix sound huge by mixing through a limiter.

6. It’s better to spend 3 hours “fixing” a crappy guitar recording than to spend 30 minutes re-recording it properly.

7. “Get it right at the source” is only a suggestion. I can still get great mixes, even with bad-sounding recordings.

8. Maybe no one will notice that this guitar part is out of tune.

9. The snare drum gets lost in the mix, but it sounds amazing in solo, and that’s all that matters.

10. This reference mix sounds worse than my mix. I must be awesome!

Mixing’s a tricky business. And knowing the right way to use compression is a big part of the battle.

For the cold, hard truth about compression, go here:


Joe Gilder