If you use a reference track right when you’re mixing, it’s very hard to screw up a mix.

Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, it’s a time-tested way to making sure your levels are balanced well, and that your mixes are on the right track.

But it’s not as simple as dropping in a reference into your mix and A/Bing the audio and trying to match it.

After all, it’s not nice to hear how much better a reference mix sounds compared to your rough mix – and you’ve got to know what to listen out for, so your mix is progressing forward, and not moving backward!

In this week’s video, Graham explains how to properly use a reference track when mixing, without any fuss or frustration