Gain staging is a crucial part of any mix. There are many different kinds of gain stages, and each one has its own set of characteristics that can be used to your advantage depending on the situation. In this blog post, we will discuss 5 reasons why proper gain staging is essential for making sure that you get the right sound from your mix at any volume level! Gain staging can be a complicated topic, so we have broken it down into the most important points
People typically mix to quietly. Gain staging is crucial for getting great sound at any volume level. If you are mixing your music far too low and then trying to turn up the track in order to hear all of it's dynamics or just because you want more impact from one section over another, this will cause problems! In fact, every time that you try to get your levels higher than where they would normally need to be during mastering (for example), it causes compression which leads towards an overall flat sounding master without much life or excitement! So if possible always listen to your mixes at ear shattering volumes while also checking them on multiple playback devices to make sure that the dynamics translate well.
Not all tracks are created equal. Tracks with a lot of low end content or lots of high frequency information will require more gain than other tracks. This is why it is important to have good gain staging practices in place, so that you can account for these differences and make sure that each track sounds great no matter what!
The louder the mix, the less dynamic range you will have. As we discussed earlier, when you turn up your mix levels too much you are going to cause compression which eats away at your dynamic range. This means that your music will start to sound flat and uninteresting as it gets louder. By having proper gain staging in place, you can ensure that your mix retains its dynamics even at high volumes, making it sound more exciting and powerful!
Volume automation is your friend. One way to get around the problems that can be caused by improper gain staging is to use volume automation. This will allow you to adjust the levels of different parts of your mix on-the-fly, giving you more control over how each track sounds in relation to the others
The final product depends on proper gain staging practices! - In the end, proper gain staging is essential for getting great sounding mixes no matter what volume level you are working at. By following these tips, you will be able to achieve better results with less effort and achieve a louder, more dynamic mix that sounds great from start to finish!