Look at that Mix!

I’ve always been interested in watching other audio engineers manage a mix… Hands off? Hands on? Calculated? Herky-jerky? Hopefully you can get a sense of the mix style I employ at Church on the Move by watching just how little I try to “fiddle” with a mix in progress.

To me, consistency in a mix is of utmost importance and a trait that can serve the listener in one of the best ways possible. Unfortunately, too many engineers don’t let the mix breathe and they spend far too much time messing around (“fiddling”) than working to subtly keep it all together. Sometimes I almost feel that my mix style is “managing” inputs and sounds coming my way rather than mixing them.

Here are a few nerdy details for what you are looking at:

  • I’m mixing on a Solid Stage Logic L500+ platform with a Remote Expander. All effects, processing, and preamps used on this mix are from the SSL…nothing external.
  • dB measurement is shown in a quick screen grab I made of my Smaart window. dB level is measured as A-weighted at a 1 minute average time response. The green trace is what’s happening in the room, the blue trace is what’s sending from the console, and the tan trace is a static average that indicates the basic room curve.
  • To clarify: this is the final mix of a normal weekend service: a combination of the SSL stereo board output, (2) Earthworks M30 audience microphones, and (2) AKG 414 room microphones.
  • Nothing done in post. All of this was recorded live in real-time as described above. For more info on how and why I do our final broadcast mix in this manner, check out this blog: Live Recording Overview.

There are many points of view on live mixing and recording but I prefer to let the results speak for themselves. Enjoy the rock.

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Andrew Stone
Production Manager
Andrew Stone is the Production Manager and Audio Director at Church on the Move in Tulsa, OK. His 27 years of touring experience have brought a unique, and sometimes unorthodox, perspective to his approach towards production in the church. He has been a key part of changing the culture behind COTM's live events and he loves sharing his knowledge with other churches. He's been married for 20 years, rarely wears anything but black, and genuinely loves to rock. You can find him on Twitter (@stone_rocks), Instagram (stone.rocks), and is a blog contributor on Seeds, COTM's free resource site.