Mix Engineer

Overlay separate tracks of music to create a finished song.
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Salary Range
$23,000 – $93,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Mix Engineers do?

A Mix Engineer combines multiple recorded pieces into a single track of increased depth and volume. So you might take the recordings done individually of the flutes, brass, and woods, and combine them to make the orchestral track of Beethoven’s Fifth. And then you might overlay the voice of a Rapper on top of that orchestral Beethoven’s fifth and create a chart topper.

You spend your days as a Mix Engineer on a mixing board, which is really just a big awesome toy. With it you can blend multiple tracks, adjust their frequency contents, and determine a lot of other properties like pan positioning and instrumental volume. Your goal as the Mix Engineer is to make the finished track balanced, beautiful, and acoustically clear.

You can work wherever recorded sounded is needed, so you might be mixing a jazz band ensemble or a horror movie. After you are done, you pass your work on to a Mastering Engineer who prepares it for distribution. On a film set, this position is referred to as a Re-Recording Mixer.


Should I be a Mix Engineer?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Dubbing Mixer, Dub Room Engineer, Machine Room Engineer, Mixing Engineer, Musical Engineer, Music Engineer See More

    How to become a Mix Engineer

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