Mix Like A Pro
…Without Wasting Money On More Plugins
Are you mixing your tracks in a Digital Audio Workstation (i.e. your computer)? Are you happy with the results?
Are you aimlessly inserting a bunch of plugins and hoping for the best? Perhaps considering upgrading your DAW or buying a new bundle of plugins?
Don’t fall for the endless plugin game.
Mixing (much like recording) is not about the gear, nor is it about super human powers that only the top mixing pros have.
It’s a process, like anything, that can be taught, learned, and repeated.
It’s Best To Keep Mixing Simple
The reason why most beginners struggle with getting the mixes they want is because they think that mixing is complicated, when in reality it’s quite simple.
Sure when you watch a great mixer doing his or her thing you might see a lot of things happening. But under the surface what they are doing is crazy simple.
Start With A Good Foundation
Mixing starts with a solid foundation.
For example, did you know that where you place your studio monitors in your room will have a huge impact on your final mix?
Or that the first thing you should do when you pull up a mix in your DAW is do some basic gain staging so you create optimal headroom?
Also, it’s important to know the correct way to read your software’s meters so you can the best sound possible out of your plugins.
Have You Optimized Your DAW And Plugins Yet?
Mix Under Pressure
The problem with mixing at home is that you have absolutely no pressure. You are free to mix as long as you like and tweak to your hearts content.
This is a bad plan.
If you actually want to churn out pro sounding mixes, you need to work under a bit of gentle pressure. Otherwise you’ll focus on the things that don’t matter.
Have A Step By Step Plan
By keeping things simple and setting some form of deadline or time pressure you are already putting yourself in a position to churn out a killer mix.
Now all you need is a plan.
If you’re starting out and don’t know what literally to do, I suggest you check out my beginner’s guide to mixing. It’ll walk you through the process step by step.
If you can only mix late at night when the kids/family/roommates are asleep, then I suggest trying out my late night mixing plan.
If you’ve been mixing for a little while and want to take your mixes to the next level, I suggest you check out these resources: