The Car Test: Why it Works (and how to make your mix translate)

The car test has long been one of the most important “final checks” for mixing engineers young and old, new and experienced.

Have you ever stopped to think about why checking the mix in the car is so revealing? Why is it so easy to spot problems in our mixes when we take them to the car?

The answers to these questions reveal an uncomfortable truth about our obsession with room acoustics the reality behind getting your mixes to translate.