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Bigger Isn’t Always Better

We looked at managing big mixes in yesterday’s post.

But bigger isn’t always better. There are certainly times where a smaller track count can be even more powerful than a massive and polished mix.

The key is knowing when to use either method. That’s what we’re looking through today.

5 Times a Smaller Production is Better:

1. When you’re trying to convey intimacy.

If the lyrics are intimate, the production should be as well. Support the song by giving it only what it needs and leaving space where you can. AKA “Say Something” by A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera.

2. When you’re trying to convey a subtle emotion.

If the emotion in the song is very subtle or even conflicted, a smaller production can give it some more sincerity. AKA “Stay” by Rihanna and Mikky Ekko.

3. When the song is really great and shines through on its own.

AKA “When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars.

4. When the singer is really great and shines through on their own.

AKA “When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars.

And “All Of Me” by John Legend.

5. When you’re striving for an open sound.

If you want an open and anthem-like sound, go for simpler. AKA “We Will Rock You” by Queen or “Girl On Fire” by Alicia Keys.

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