This weeks blog is a video that is taken directly from the MIXING MADE EASY VOL 1 Series. This was the last section I filmed for the series and I thought these mixing tips would benefit everyone so I am sharing it with you.
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I received a couple of e-mails from new students this week and they were asking for some overall advice on how they can become better at mixing. Well, my first response was to all the MADE EASY SEREIS products! That will get you there for sure, right?
Even though that would help for sure, I also referred them to a video I made a while about about this exact topic so I wanted to re-share it in the blog as I know a lot of you are new to reading my blog and you may have never seen this video before. Check it out and let me know what your thoughts are.
This week we are going to finish up from last week’s blog. Here are three more mixing mistakes you should try to avoid.
4. Lack of Panning – It’s really important to give your mix some demission by balancing your instrumentation within a nice wide stereo field. A lot of times I hear mixes that are very narrow sounding and everything is crowed in the middle of the stereo field.
Yes, you want to keep the vocal, kick, snare and bass guitars in the middle but in order to clear out the middle of the stereo filed consider moving instrumentation like guitars, percussion, keys, strings off to the L/R side. This will give you mix a much wider sound and also provide a lot more clarity to your mix. Experiment with panning hard L/R as well as the space between the center and hard L/R.
5. Misaligned Tracks – You would think this is a no-brainer but I can’t tell you how many times I receive tracks and when I import them into the DAW...
This week we are going to look at the first three of six mixing mistakes many of us make and a tip on how to avoid them. Let jump right in shall we?
1. Too Much Bottom End – a lot of home studios usually do not have the proper acoustic treatment to produce an accurate low end of a mix and that usually mean the mixer over compensates and ultimately they end up with too much low end.
TIP – Take great care to properly acoustically teat your mixing room and that will really help you dial in the proper amount of low end
2. Terrible Treble – On the other end of things a lot of mixers want a bit of sheen and polish on their mixes and they boost up the 7K – 10K range and that range of frequency’s will tend to add a lot of sibilance to a vocal and a bit of harshness to high hats.
TIP – Make sure you use a D-esser on both the vocal and high hats or cymbals if they are a bit harsh. This will help you add air to a mix with out becoming to...
Do you ever struggle with getting a good, solid, consistent bass sound in your mix? Do your mixes always sound either too boomy or too thin, or do they simply not cut through the mix and sit well in the track right?
We have all had this issue at one time or another and I have a few tips I have picked up along the way and they have really helped me, so I want to pass them along to you.
1. Use Small Amounts of Distortion or Chorus - Most times people record bass by simply plugging straight into an interface directly and they don’t use an amp. Or they use an amp and the tone is rather clean. One way to make that bass “pop” is to add a little of distortion to grit things up. Not too much, keep it barely audible and you will be surprised how much this helps. Another thing you can try is adding a pinch of chorus to the bass track. Again, keep it subtle. Too much will make the bass sound too wobbly.
2. Spend Time Playing with the Attack Settings on the...
Hello once again. I hope everyone is finding the last couple of posts regarding starting your very own professional home recording studio useful. What do I mean by professional? Well are you taking in clients and producing great products and making money in the process? Then to me, you are considered a professional.
Anyway, this time I want to take a quick break from our last discussion and answer a question I received in an e-mail the other day. I thought this would be a perfect tip for the very beginner as it pertains to mixing. The question was.....
“How do I go about starting my mix? What should I do first? Do you have a standard process you follow before getting into processing individual tracks?” Any help would be really appreciated. Thanks – Alan
Well thank you Alan for your question and as a matter of fact, yes I do have a 5-step process I do to start of each and every mix and here it is…..
1.) Create a new song or project in my DAW and open my...
I listen to a lot of my student's mixes after the have taken once of my MADE EASY courses and have found that several of the mixes have a bit of “mud” in the low / low mid range. When I hear this I wonder if they checked their mix in mono before the final print.
Most of us mix in stereo almost all the time and we do a lot of panning of instruments to the hard left and hard right (guitars for example). So that usually leaves the bass guitars and kick drum up the middle. It’s pretty easy to get things sound well balanced from a frequency point of view when you use the entire stereo field. However, when you fold everything to mono all of a sudden there is a low-end build-up that make the entire mix sounds a little muddy or boomy.
The reason for this is those guitars and other instrumentation panned to the left and right have some low end frequency’s in them even though you use a high pass filter you may not grab and roll off enough low end. So when that...
Ok, let's pick up from last week's blog post.....Here is PT 2
4. Mix at a low volume. Actually, as low as you can possibly stand….LOL. This is something that took me a while to wrap my head around and was very challenging for me to stick too. Our instinct is to turn things up, make the room rock! Everything sounds good a louder volume levels right? You want the drums to sound BIG, turn them up! LOL. Well, the real secret is to make those drums sound BIG at a low listening level. If you can do that, then regardless of the volume that the listener listens to your mixing masterpiece, it will always sound BIG and FULL and it WILL ROCK! Not to mention mixing at low volumes will save your ears and allow you to mix for longer periods of time. Now, this does not mean don’t ever do a quick 10-second check of your mix at a louder volume. You need to do that as well. Break the pattern of what your ears are hearing so they “reset” themselves, but do most of your mixing...
After my last post, I thought I could take it one step further and give you a few tips that will instantly improve your mixes and the greatest part is that it does not cost a penny! Yes, totally FREE with no gear, plugins or anything else to purchase! These are concepts that have worked for many mix engineers for decades and when I started to use these techniques several years ago, I started to see major improvements to my final mixes. So here we go……
1. Pick the section of the song that has the most impact to mix first. Maybe that’s the final chorus or maybe it’s the bridge section. You want to find a section where all the instruments are playing and it has the most going on. The concept is to make this particular section, the climax of the song sound as BIG as possible. This is where you want the most punch / payoff. If you mix this section first and make the track “slammin” then everything else will fall nicely underneath. What you...
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