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Recording Tip #35: Mixing in a vacuum. Well….with a vacuum

It's been a while since I posted, but I'll pick up where I left off with little things I do which help me with my mixes. Tip #33 was listening to a mix with the door closed and Tip #34 described how I'll make a mix pass with at low volume with the TV on. I've never actually done this one, but I thought it a mention!

Recording Tip 35: On a related note, I’ve heard of a fellow turning on a vacuum cleaner as he listens with the same purpose.

Now this is something I’ve never done, nor am likely to do, but it’s worth bringing up as it relates to Tip 34. Again, maybe 1% of people who hear your mixes will listen in a quiet room with their head between the speakers. At best, it will be with headphones, but they’ll still most likely be doing something else when listening.

The vacuum noise will mask a lot of things. And if your mix is in good shape, you should be able to hear all the important elements over the din of the motor.

I’m not saying to do this, but on the other hand, hey…if it works, do it!