Throughout the process, it’s natural to occasionally jump back to a previous step in the process. For example, if you make many EQ cuts to a track, you might find yourself re-adjusting its gain.
Should we be worried about the implications of technologies like Mix Assistant?
While we’re excited about Mix Assistant, we can understand how a feature such as this one can be met with some skepticism. In light of the impending AI takeover around us, it is only natural that these technologies be polarizing and received with some hesitation, and perhaps even anger. Ironically, we have always surrounded ourselves with audio processors that exhibit some form of intelligence, but because their level of intelligence was relatively low, their utility was so obvious, and their adoption has become so commonplace, nobody thinks twice about whether or not to use them. For example, compressors are ubiquitous in audio production. One could argue that a compressor is also a form of AI, which intelligently lowers the gain of an audio signal based on its momentary signal strength. As such, we can give our tracks consistency or body without having to spend hours manually writing gain automation.
We should consider it to be a healthy practice to question the line where utility stops and creativity begins, and be open to adopting new workflows that capitalize on our findings. After we developed Mix Assistant, I think many of us were in shock that a lot of what we thought to be craft could be distilled into objective theory. This is actually a good thing because it enlightens us on where to focus our creative energy and time so that we forge our musical endeavors into new, untapped territories.