Mixing Tools for WillSongs++
The idea for mixing on a budget is to listen through lots of different
speakers. It is amazing what can become a glaring problem by simply
switching speakers! Thus, the schematic below shows the WillSongs++
system. The Delta 1010LT is a $200 sound card that provides 8 analog
inputs and 8 analog outputs. Since the first pair is balanced XLR, the
studio is now fully balanced from source to recording. Here is how the
- The M-Audio DX4's are small desktop reference monitors with great
reviews, and they fit on my desk. They serve as the primary reference: I mix
listening to them, and I double-check all changes through them.
- The PC speakers are another check for listeners on PC's. They have
a subwoofer to produce the very low frequencies, but they suffer from a lack
- The SA-155 is a cheap Radio Shack amplifier connected to a couple
surround speakers from my old stereo. This is a check on the mix
through a cheap, little system that lacks bass and treble.
- Headphones are the last check before rendering a mix (the computerized
version of a mix-down).
- The SA-155 has a tape deck connected. I record the mix on a cassette and
play it in my living room and my car. If it passes these tests, it is
ready for publishing.
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