There’s no doubt that the art of audio mixing has become much more of a visual affair than ever before. There’s certainly more visual content that aids our understanding of mixing concepts, but to what extent do visual cues actually help us mix? Where should we draw the line in trusting our eyes over our ears?
While I think visual content is invaluable for understanding how mixing works, I think it’s good to ‘mix’ it up a bit sometimes. So in this article, I’ll explain how visual content can actually be distracting for both concepts and in practice.
You know those EQ charts that show the frequency content of all the common instruments you’ll come across when mixing. There’s no denying their popularity, and it’s useful to know some starting points if you’re totally new and lost, but I’m not sure it really pays off to memorize them or have them stuck on your wall for reference.
Don’t get me wrong, they might prove to be useful to begin with, but there’s no chance they’ll hit the mark for you every instrument and every mix. You’ll be better prepared if you expand your own understanding of EQ for your particular projects.
Check out this video from David Gibson’s ‘The Art of Mixing’ on the relationship between “seeing” the mix and hearing it: