What is Gain Staging and How Can it Affect Your Track? – EDM.com

One tip overlooked by some producers is the frequent use of gain staging in their tracks. What is gain staging and how can it effect the outcome of your track?

One color no producer ever wants to see on their volume faders is red. While some producers like to think that making a specific track’s volume “clip” will help bring out that instrument in the mix, the idea of sending a track’s volume into the red will do far more harm than good to your entire project. I don’t care what style you are producing. There are common sense rules that all producers should follow when it comes to their music making process and one of those rules is to NEVER clip your volume.