For this special edition of the HSC Podcast, I’m giving you access to a live online training session I hosted, where I shared my seven biggest mixing breakthroughs for 2014. I’ve included both the audio and video versions on this page.

Leave a comment below and let me know which breakthrough you’re going to apply to your next mix!

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  • Jesse Klapholz

    I agree with Dan. However, when I start a mix I already know what I have to do with some instruments so l set the gain structures an polarities, do some hi-passing, and time aligning, etc. so while the backwards approach is a valid one, experience still says to do some basics first. Keep up the good work!

    • Certainly. There’s no reason you can’t fix some things that need fixing, phase-checking drums and stuff like that. BUT…I’ll see your point and raise you a point. If you do the job right during the recording phase, there won’t be things to “fix” before you can start mixing.
      Case in point, I’m mixing a song right now produced by a well-known producer here in Nashville for an artist friend of mine. Today I spend an hour simply setting levels and pans, and the mix already sounds incredible. Literally no plugins in the session. Not that that “proves” a point, but if things were done right on the front end, you can sometimes just start with backwards mixing.

  • Dan Bires

    Backwards mixing is very similar to mixing with a summing mixer. Technically the same concept so it does make sense to mix this way. Just about any pro studio has a summing mixer with about 8 channels and you group your tracks into buses and send groups to each channel on the summing mixer on the analog side. Bring it back into your daw and a lot of magic comes back at you. I never thought it would make sense to mix this way without a summing mixer but Joe is right I gave it a shot and it really glues things together. Thanks Joe

    • I think there’s a key difference, though. A summing mixer doesn’t typically involve anything like EQ or compression. It’s JUST summing. Whereas backwards mixing is much more about using EQ, compression, etc. on the busses before they’re summed.

  • Micaela Avalos

    Man, every time Joe sends out an email, I be like “I wish I had money!!” But seriously, I know I’m lazy and don’t get as much from these videos as I could. Thank you Joe for all your hard work and for releasing free training videos. Hopefully 2015 will have some breakthroughs for me. Please, keep going! 😀

  • EQ on FX (reverb) buss to clean mud. Start practicing “The Serenity Prayer” rules for all things audio. I accept that I need to learn wisdom, courage is not a problem.

    In 2015 I will know when things are “done”

    Thanks Joe! It has been a great year. I was tickled that my podcast player had it in queue when I woke up this morning.

  • Beaker

    I’m with Jeff!! I got the most out of the backwards mixing portion. It really made since!!

  • wolsch

    It was nice, it is nicer like this one here on the web, where I can pick it up the next day, because it was somewhat like a torture to stay up in the night, since here in Germany it was 3 am when it started and towards the end my mom woke up with heart problems which she usually has in the night. So I missed the last part and after it the night´s sleep was also over. So I brotherly took over your headache in the end. lol. Thanks a ton for sharing it here again.

  • Jeff Monson

    Thanks for the great training and answering my stupid questions. I’m definitely going to implement backwards mixing as well as EQing my FX tracks.