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Before you even begin to touch a thing in your DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) you’d be wise to set one thing in place: your monitoring levels. Basically, whether you are mixing in headphones or on speakers you need to set a specific (and consistent) volume level that will be your default mixing volume.
The slightest change in volume can affect how you hear your mix and cloud your decision making. So find the sweet spot on your volume knob and leave it there for most of the mix. What is the monitoring level sweet spot you ask? Simple, the best volume to mix at is the volume that is quiet enough to allow you to have a normal conversation with someone sitting close to you without having to raise your voice.

That’s probably quieter than you’re used to mixing at, but there are three good reasons to monitor at low levels: more accurate frequency response, fewer room reflections, and protection of your hearing.

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