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6.2.2. Mixing

Mixing is the process through which recorded audio regions (also called "clips") are coordinated to produce an aesthetically-appealing musical output. This usually takes place after recording, but sometimes additional takes will be needed. Mixing often involves reducing audio from multiple tracks into two channels, for stereo audio - a process known as "down-mixing," because it decreases the amount of audio data.
Mixing includes the following procedures, among others:
  • automating effects,
  • adjusting levels,
  • time-shifting,
  • filtering,
  • panning,
  • adding special effects.
When the person performing the mixing decides that they have finished, their finalized production is called the final mix.