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Old 1st June 2006
Tim Farrant's Avatar

Well I find watching the VU meters very useful. If you are trying to keep a vocal nicely tucked into a mix so that it sounds like part of the band, (and not just plastered on top of it), then muting the vocal and seeing the difference in VU swing is helpful in identifying the energy being consumed by the lead vocal.

Sometimes, thinning the vocal out with some EQ can reduce the energy it is taking up without any apparent loss in volume. Same with the bass, sometimes a gentle low cut shelf can reduce the space it is taking up without loosing it's perspective in the mix.

I don't think there is any right/wrong way, do what works for you!