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Put your sounds into an upside-down triangle.

by Kim Lajoie on August 25, 2014

Think of all the sounds in a mix being contained in a triangle with one point facing the listener.

I usually draw it as an upside-down triangle, with the listener at the bottom.

The louder (closer to the listener) a sound can be, the fewer sounds can fit alongside it. The quieter (further away from the listener) a sound can be, the more sounds can fit alongside it. If all sounds must be equally loud, then they all end up far from the listener.

If one sound is close to the listener and all the other sounds are in the background, the mix can seem stark. If sounds can be spread around the triangle, with a few sounds close by and most sounds further back, the listener will experience an engaging and deep sound stage.

-Kim.

2 thoughts on “Put your sounds into an upside-down triangle.

  1. Leo says:

    Been doing electronica for years and finally here is a post I can still learn from!

  2. Kim Lajoie says:

    Cheers Leo! 🙂

    -Kim.

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