I read this article featuring Daniel Lanois. He mentions the benefits of premixing rhythm guitars, drums, and bass into stereo and then layering the lead sounds to give them more space in the mix. I'm confused as to why the drums, rhythm guitars and bass should be bounced to stereo before adding lead guitars, vocals, etc. Also, how is the best way to achieve this? And when should I employ such techniques? Here is the part in the article: G.P. What about bouncing? D.L. It's not a bad thing. People used to mix bass, guitar, and tamborine on one track so they could add a little top to bring out the tambourine or add lows to boost the bass. I encourage premixes, because they make you commit to an overall EQ, and that's when you get great overall equalizations. When you have to EQ every single track by itself, you get lost. But if you have drums, bass, and fundamental guitars mixed to two tracks in stereo, you can come up with a great overall EQ and still have control over the lead instruments and vocals on seperate tracks. It's the same mentality that's used on mastering sessions - you bring in your tape and put it all through an overall program EQ. It's a great technique. Equalizers become more musical when they have lots of information going through them.