Mixing music is more involved than mastering music because you’re dealing with individual tracks. With mixing, there are basically five elements. Those elements are volume, panning, equalization or EQ, effects, and dynamics. A mix is about three things, and those three things are balance, balance, and balance.
The volume of the individual tracks is balanced against one another.
The tracks are panned or directed towards different spots in the stereo field to give the instruments their own space. It’s like watching a movie. If there is a house, a car and a big tree in the scene, then those three things are spread out across the screen to make all of them easier to see as they occupy their own space. If all three were in the same part of the screen, something would get blocked. That works the same way when mixing music, and that’s what panning is for.
The EQ is basically used for the same reason for mixing as in mastering, which is cutting the bad and boosting the good. And EQ also helps to shape the tracks in a way to make them fit better with each other. But during mixing, an EQ can also be used for more of a creative purpose than in mastering. This is because you’re dealing with individual tracks as opposed to a stereo mix, so more flexibility is possible.
Effects are used to enhance the elements of the tracks. Effects can include reverb, delay, chorusing, flanging, etc. Once again, it’s all about what works best, and what sounds best.
The processing of the dynamics during a mix is for the exact same reason as in mastering. You want to control the movement of the sound to avoid sonic chaos. And just like with using an EQ during a mix, you can also use dynamics processing during a mix for helping the tracks work and fit together better, and also creatively.
All of these processes are included when Flamebridge Music mixes your songs or music.