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Old 28th February 2009
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Creating Depth in Mixes Without Live Instruments

Hi Tony - I've enjoyed tons of your work - espc. with the Black Eyed Peas.

As someone who started out engineering/tracking and then moved on to mixing - especially mixing tracks with a lot of samples/DI's - how do you go about creating depth in a mix?

As I see it, with rock, besides live drums we often have OH's and/or room tracks to work with, which help enliven the whole mix. As someone who mixes so much pop and urban, is creating depth a subject that you have had to re-think anew? Any tips - even if there are no beans to spill - that's okay - just a point in a useful direction would be great.

thanks, Alex