Is mixing electronic music easier than mixing 'real' instruments? Can one get by without proper acoustic room treatment? Any hints for a bedroom producer to get a good mix with a low budget?

Ott responded on 09/25/2012

Yes and no.

Yes because you can generally tailor the source sound to be as close to your requirements as you need, for example adjusting the envelope on a bass patch or the decay of a snare drum or hi-hat. With acoustic instruments you have less control and are more reliant on the technique of the player.

On the other hand, acoustic instruments are inherently more interesting and attractive to the human ear and if you have a great performance by a great player half of the mixing job is done for you at the recording stage. A good musician will control dynamics and build a performance as they play.

There are many captivating recordings of just one person singing or playing an instrument recorded with one microphone. There aren't many recordings of one person playing one monosynth or one drum machine in real time and I believe it is because those sounds are inherently less captivating and require a lot of tweaking and combining to make them interesting to listen to.

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