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Chapter 16. Automating a Mix > Why Automate Mixes?

Why Automate Mixes?

For most of the time that music has been recorded and mixed, actual human beings have had to perform all of the changes to a mix in real time. Mixing, though, is like many areas of endeavor in that human solutions have become less prominent and technological solutions have expanded.

The simplest reason for automating a mix is that it makes mixing easier for you to do by yourself. Before the era of full-featured mixer automation, many studios had a team of mixers to set up and practice a mix and then perform each action at the right time. If one person forgot to mute the shaker after the second chorus, the only options were to live with the mistake or redo the whole mix. Mixer automation allows you to find such a mistake and fix it quickly. Automation also lets you make and set precision changes to your mix, such as fading a track, without having to move the faders yourself each time you play the mix.


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