AVIOM: Global Trim and Mixing By Subtraction

 Conventional wisdom is that a musician will almost NEVER ask for LESS of anything in their monitor mix; it’s always more guitar, more of my vocal, more this, more that. Good engineers know that, in most cases, what the musician is REALLY saying is “I can’t hear my vocal.” Or the guitar or whatever. 

There are, of course, two main ways to make a particular source sound louder in the mix: turn that source up or turn everything else down. (Important note: you can also make a given source stand out more clearly in a mix by separating it in the stereo image of the mix, but let’s assume for the purpose of this discussion that the stereo imaging is set well.)