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Rough mixes from producers or bands
Old 29th June 2020
Gear Nut
🎧 5 years
Rough mixes from producers or bands

Hi Jens,

Massive fan of your work for a decade and counting now!

While I know in the pop music world, a rough mix from the producer or artist is almost always a given, and serves as a significant part of the mixer's direction and vibe, how true is this in the world of metal? Do you always receive rough mixes at the outset, and how seriously are you expected to take them as references for the vision of the band/producer?
Old 1st July 2020
Cheers man! That's a good question, and the answer is that it varies A LOT.

Some will provide almost too good rough mixes (and they can't stop referring to them, similar to the "demo disease"), while on other projects, I'd have to ask for a rough mix. I always want them, not so much as a guide, but they serve the purpose of mental preparation while setting up my basic busses and sorting tracks etc. That way, I can build a sort of "goal sound" in my head, and I will know what to expect arrangement wise and plan for the order of things to be mixed. It also confirms that stuff is in sync and actually present among the multis.

When it comes to the band's vision, I usually get that written instead. Metal music is hard to mix, and roughs usually sound like... crap. :-)
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