One way many home studio mixers shoot themselves in the foot is the overuse of stereo tracks in their mixes. From stereo pianos, stereo drum loops, stereo guitars, to stereo synth pads, there’s simply too much stereo happening. In fact, with so many stereo tracks, their final mix ends up (ironically) lacking a lot of stereo spread and clarity.
The Secret Is Mono
One day I stumbled upon a very interesting thing. When listening to some of my favorite rock and pop albums of all time I noticed one common theme from artist to artist and song to song: 95% of the tracks within the mix were mono.
Whether it was an organ, a piano, or acoustic guitar, the reason these great mixes sounded huge was because they were comprised of mono tracks, not stereo tracks.
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