all the basic tracks are recorded, and the overdubs have been
taken care of including solo breaks, harmonies, and so
on... It's time to get a rough mix (also called a board
mix) for everyone to take home and listen to.
The idea of the rough mix, is
not to listen to it as an overall final product. Rather
it is mainly designed for you to listen to the song, and
analyze the parts. Are your parts played well? Are
you happy with the sound of the instruments? Does
everyone seem to be playing well together? While you are
listening, you can make notes about what you hear, and write
down suggestions for the mix down session. I.E.
Move guitars to the left, add reverb to vocals, make cymbals
brighter, etc... We'll take your notes and compare them
to ours so that we have a 'recipe' of sorts for the mix
It's suggested that you wait
until the next day before listening to the rough mix.
This gives your ears time to rest, as well as the rest of your
body. It's hard to be objective when you are