7 Unusual Music Mixing Terms, What They Mean

1The world of recording and mixing can often seem intimidating, with its various technical complexities and confusing terminology. Here we help explain a few of the more befuddling terms which are often thrown about in the recording studio.


In this recent piece from MusicThinkTank, Michael Hahn helps us to decode some of the weirder term often applied in the world of mixing.

"Boxy refers to a sound or mix composed of mostly midrange frequencies with not enough lows and highs. For example: “These guitars are too boxy. We should try a mic with more high end.”

A boxy mix sounds flat and can lack detail. You’ll see why when you reference mix against a well-produced commercial recording.

How to fix it:

  • Avoid boxiness by making sure to not over-boost your mids or neglect the extreme ends of your frequency spectrum."

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