How to Create Depth in a Mix

Matthew Weiss

Matthew Weiss

Matthew Weiss is a Grammy nominated and Spellemann Award winning audio engineer from Philadelphia. Matthew has mixed songs for Snoop, Sonny Digital, Gorilla Zoe, Uri Caine, Dizzee Rascal, Arrested Development, 9th Wonder, !llmind & more. Get in touch:
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  • Jesper Mathias Meineche

    I’ve been making beats for 2 years now, and just got into serious producing.
    I was just wondering, when am I gonna use this? Only on vocals, synths, pads, drums – what? I am aware that I should get as wide and full stereo image as possible, but when should I use these tools? Like, how do I know where I want my Early Reflections to be, how do I know where I want my pad to be etc.

    • Josh Richens

      This is a general tip. It applies anywhere and everywhere. I think what Matt’s getting at is that with these techniques you can sculpt how your sounds sit with a lot of control. While making beats you might write a bass line and a drum line that have so much going on that once you put in extra pads and synths they simply add melody or fill the music out. As an example you might decide that you want your bass and drums right upfront so you could mix them like the close one (or leave them completely dry) then you might have a lead synth that holds the melody so to get it present and able to be heard, but not distract from your bass and drums, you could mix it like the semi close one and after that you could have a pad that just thickens the sound up so you could mix it far away so that it doesn’t compete with any of the close sounds but still fills out the music

    • Red

      It can be used on anything that you care to add depth to.