Mixing Audio: How Is It Best Learned?

I just read an article that ponders whether expertise in audio mixing is something people are either born with or not, or whether it is a teachable skill.  I've heard that question posed regarding things like leadership, or even singing ability, but never audio mixing.  Interesting stuff.  The article also references something I first heard about in Malcolm Gladwell's book, Outliers, which is the idea that if someone does something for 10,000 hours, they can become an expert at that thing.  Of course in this case, that thing is mixing audio.

I'm not sure it's something that someone needs to be born with, other than the ability to tell if one thing is louder than another, considering the fact that most of the skills are mechanical or mathematical.  And there is a lot more to it than moving channel or track volume controls up and down.  But still, I'm in the camp that says mixing audio is totally teachable and gets better with experience - whether it be fore live sound or recording.

See the full article here: http://www.prosoundweb.com/article/young_guns_versus_old_folks_who_has_more_to_learn/

Cheers,

Ken

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