The 1 dB Rule
I made brownies. The recipe said to cook for 22 – 25 minutes.
A minute can make a big difference, but I started with 22 minutes to get a reference point.
They were delicious, naturally.
The next week I made brownies again. We discovered that making thin brownies makes them better so we craved them again.
This time I thought, let’s see the difference in consistency when I set it for 23 minutes.
They were delicious again. A little less chewy and just a minute better.
The next time I make brownies, what do you think I’m going to do?
That’s right. I’ll set the oven for 24 minutes.
I do the same when I’m mixing, except instead of minutes, I do dBs.
Does the kick sit better if it’s one dB louder? If so, I keep going, a dB at a time until it’s sticking out too much.
Then I move on up the mix. I find a good general balance and then massage everything together one dB at a time.
Spend a little extra time on balancing your faders, and maybe you won’t need to spend so much time with the rest of your mix.
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