Using Clip Gain When Mixing

Are you using clip gain in your mixing process?

You might be using it to fix a quick peak, or maybe to level out a vocal. It can be easier than automation in some cases, and can be a bit more precise than riding an actual fader.

But there are actually other uses of clip gain in your mixing process that can be quite helpful. Once you start doing this, you’ll think of mixing in an entirely new light:

Use clip gain to set your initial levels.

This may seem odd at first, but it can have some great benefits. You’ll be able to get a much better overall reference for you mix from the beginning.

This also informs the way you might go about mixing in general. If you do this first, you’ll actually be working from a reference.

One of the big issues that most people face is overusing plugins on their mix. It is easy to just start pulling up faders and throwing plugins on.

But sometimes you need perspective while mixing. In this case, you should start with a full mix and only apply effects where needed. This method allows you to do that effectively.

So try this method out on your next mix. You might be surprised how many fewer plugins you’ll use, and still get a great result.

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