Phase cancellation when mixing – how to avoid it!

Today we’re going to talk about phase, more specifically, phase cancellation and how it affects your recordings. 

Sound travels in waves; it has peaks and valleys. With multiple microphones on a particular source it’s very important to make sure that all the peaks happen at the same time, and all the valleys happen at the same time. Otherwise they cancel each other out, and that can be a real pain in the ass.

A point worth mentioning about that: make sure you listen in mono when you’re mixing cause that’s a great way to hear it. Sometimes if you have stuff panned out to either sides, you don’t know if the sources will be cancelling each other out.

Always check your mono button!

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About the Author:

Greetings, I'm Glenn Fricker, engineer here at Spectre Sound Studios. I love making records, and after doing it for sixteen years, I want to pass on what I've learned.Featuring tutorials on how to record guitar, bass, real drums and vocals. There's reviews and demos of tube amps, amp sims, drums, mics, preamps, outboard gear, and plugin effects.Everything you've wanted to learn about recording Hard Rock & Heavy Metal can be found right here on my channel! I also respond to your comments & questions: The best make it into the SMG Viewer's Comments series of videos.Loads of fun, lots of laughs. Thanks for reading!

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