When people send me mixes to critique, there are two things I listen for more than anything else: the drums and the vocals. These two elements of a mix are great indicators of the quality of the mix (and the mixer). Today I want to look at an often overlooked part of the vocal mixing process.

Clean Up The Vocal Breaths

Even if you don’t like to do much editing to your tracks, if there’s just one thing you DO edit, make it the lead vocal. By simply cleaning up the vocal breaths in between phrases you can give your mix a more professional polish and enhance the overall vibe of your tracks.