Good microphone techniques, understanding the frequency ranges of all the instruments involved and learning how to use processing equipment creatively and sparingly will help you achieve a good, full-sounding mix – but you must always have a focus to make it all gel.
The vocal or melody line is always the most important part of the music and should never be lost or buried in the mix. The other instruments, whether they be rich-sounding keyboards, searing horns or a driving rhythm section, are there to support the melody, but should not be lost or buried in the mix either. Remember, each instrument has its own space and place in the mix.
Tony Cre – live sound engineer (credits include Lee Aaron, The Spoons).