Last week we took a look at the first 3 mixing mistakes. This week I have 3 more for you to consider!
Problem # 4 - Misaligned Tracks - This is a no-brainer. When you send stems (separated groups of track i.e.. guitar, bass, kick, snare vocal) make sure they all start at the same place. For example, if the lead vocal does not come in until 0.30 then that stem should have 0.30 seconds of silence at the top.
Problem # 5 - Too Much Treble - Last week we discussed too much low end right?. Well I see the same issue with the high end all the time. A lot of sessions I receive have the majority of the tracks with high end of the EQ boosted between 5khz & 8khz. So when you do this on all of the tracks it makes for a very harsh sounding mix. Once agin this is usually due to poor acoustic treatment in ones mixing environment. So be careful to not add too much high end and get your room acoustically treated.
Problem #6 - Not Using Reference Tracks - This is one that a...
Over these next two weeks we are going to discuss the eight top mixing mistakes that I hear on a regular basis from home studio / project studio and how you can avoid these pitfalls.
I get a lot of mixes sent to me from students and clients from all over the world. I hear all different styles of music and most of these mixes were done by people in the home studio environment. What I have found is there are several problem areas that are common between most mixes. So these next two blog posts will address these areas and I encourage you to take these seriously as it can make the difference between a good mix and a great mix.
Problem Area # 1 - Too Much Bottom End - Too much low end is the most common thing I hear coming out of the project studio and it’s usually caused by an inaccurate mixing environment. The average home studio usually lacks the proper acoustic treatment necessary to accurately reflect the bass in the room, therefore you end up adding a...
This week article comes form a question I received last week from one of my students. Actually this question has been asked of me several times in the past so let’s answer it here shall we? The question is this.
“Should I put the EQ before compression or after compression.?”
Well, it depends. When I think about compression I think about controlling the dynamic range of a track and gluing it together. Simply put, we are going to lower the volume of the “peaks” in the audio and raise the volume of the “dips” in audio. Once we do that we are going to raise the overall volume of the track to make up for the compression we added. Now, interesting enough the way our ears hear things we perceive compression as making the audio louder and turning up the softer audio parts as opposed to softening the louder parts of the audio.
If I have to do a lot of EQ boosting to a track, say add 10db at 12Khz to an acoustic guitar to give it some air, then I...
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Some people wonder how I decide what to write in this weekly blog. Where do I get my ideas from? Well, to be completely honest I get the ideas mostly from reading all the e-mails I receive on a weekly basis. I receive anywhere from 3-5 emails per day from my supporters asking me various questions and when I see a pattern of the same type of question I tend to address the topic in a blog post like this one!!
This week I want to address something that I think a lot of newbie mixing engineers tend to forget. There are a lot of my students who feel that they are not becoming better at mixing and mastering fast enough. I mean, they purchase one of my training products and watch them, sometimes watching them several times. Then they work on their next project and they sometimes feel like they have not made as much improvements in their mixing chops as they would have liked. They are looking to go from an absolute beginner to a pro after watching one 3-hour...
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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This week I want to tell you the secrete to achieving a great mix. There are two things you need to master or at least be extremely good at to ensure you can produce a great mix every time. Actually there are three things but you may only have control over two of them as the mixing engineer. What are they you ask?
A great recording! This is obvious right? Well, I think we all forget this concept more times than not. You hear the phrase all the time “get it right at the source”. Meaning that if you have great-recoded tracks you have a great foundation to work from and it makes the mixing process much easier. So if you are the one who is recording the artist then work on your recording chops. Learn about mic choice, mic placement, recording levels etc. Take great care to achieving a great recording and you will thank me later! If the raw tracks sound great then you are on your way to a great mix!
The next two things are the first two plugins you need to master and really...
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...
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