Putting it all together
Now that all the tracks have been recorded, it’s time to balance them together with Spire Studio’s Visual Mixer.
The mixer shows each track over two axis: vertical for volume and horizontal for panning (the tracks balance between left and right channels). So pushing a track up and to the right will make it loud and come out of your right speaker, and pushing a track down and to the left will make it quiet out of your left. Easy enough!
For this mix, each track was given its own space both in volume and panning. The drums and tambourines (all appearing as drum icons, with the drums themselves in blue) were placed center along with the bass to keep the groove as a foundation, while the acoustic and electric guitars were placed on the left and right sides to make the mix sound wide.
Pro tip: try toggling the mono/stereo button (on the left) for each track to see what you prefer. Stereo tracks can sound wide and larger than life, but sometimes too many of them can cause each track to lose its “place” in the mix, and lack clarity. For this mix, the center elements (drums, bass, tambourine) were left in stereo, while the outer elements were toggled to mono to free up some space.