This is the first of four posts where we talk about this so complex subject.
To some, the hallmark of a great mix and song is one where all instruments have its place, it’s with great definition, able for you to feel its musical depth with great dynamics!
Others see it more subjectively, ethereal, where musical space is not so important!
What matters is the message, being with words or sounds, what each instrument can do to your feelings!
For us, a great mix must be with excellent definition, with a great image, where depth and height must be logical and of course has to have an almost tridimensional texture, ’cause music should drive you to a different world, most of the times… a metaphoric world!
What are the width, height, and depth? Just like in film or paintings we can create the illusion of three dimensions on a two-dimensional surface.
In a film the surface is the screen, in paintings, it’s the canvas, and in music, it’s the stereo field.
The only difference is that with a screen or canvas, the height is already given simply by its existence, whereas with the stereo field we have to create an illusion of “top-to-bottom” dimension.
TO BE CONTINUED
On the following posts, we will talk about these 3 technical characteristics which are so fundamental and in a practical way giving you tips on how to apply and manipulate the width, height, and depth that you’re looking for!