This weekend I did an interesting exercise with one of the songs that I am mixing, and learned a couple of things. I also am curios as to what other people think of this technique. This is going to sound crazy, but stay with me. In the end the results were good. I tried a different method to find a frequency range for each part to sit in the mix. I started off with just the lead vocal, and put a 24db/octave high and low pass filter on it. I narrowed the band down until I found a small range that conveyed the vocal. It sounded like it was coming out of a little old AM transistor radio, but the vocals were clear. I added one track at a time using bands that had no overlap until I had all the tracks in, and the whole frequency spectrum covered. The results were as follows: Bass 20-150 Dobro 150-300 Male Vocal 300-600 Female Vocal 600-2k Guitar 2k-6k Mandolin 6k-20k Even with the hard EQing it didn't sound bad like this. To make it sound good I ended up using these frequency ranges for the instruments, but not as band passes. I gained a couple of things from this exercise: 1. It reinforced that there is more than one good way to mix a set of tracks. 2. There is a difference between EQing to accentuate parts of the track, and EQing to mix and fit the tracks together.