I spent last weekend at a lake house a couple hours east of Nashville.
It was me and a bunch of other guys, getting “away” for a few days.
We spent a lot of time just hanging out, eating a lot of junk food, and playing foosball.
I used to think foosball was a fun little game to play with friends.
Jakob is a freaking foosball master.
Before I could blink he had already scored 5 goals on me.
I proceeded to marvel at his undefeated streak the entire weekend. A few guys came close to beating him (I was definitely not one of them), but he never lost.
Now, here’s the important part.
Do I just write Jakob off as some sort of “foosball genius,” who was born with an innate ability to play foosball like a pro? (And thereby assume that I could never be as good as him.)
OR…do I realize that he has probably spent countless hours in front of a foosball table, practicing and practicing…for years, LONG before he and I played our first game? (And that I could be just as good if I worked that hard.)
It’s the same way with recording.
We hear somebody’s mix, and we tend to want to chalk it up to the fact they they are just innately better mix engineers than we are.
Or they have better equipment.
Or better ears. (What the heck does that mean anyway?)
When the truth is simply this:
The more you work at something, the better you’ll be at it.
Yes, there are different levels of talent. But I think we home studio rock stars tend to shoot ourselves in the foot, assuming it can’t be “that easy.”
“Yeah, I can practice my mixing skills, but what will REALLY give me great mixes is being able to use a million-dollar studio.”
Would a million-dollar studio be awesome? Heck to the yes.
Do you think you should already be a pretty good mixer BEFORE you start pumping out mixes from said million-dollar studio?
I think so.
SO…that leaves you with but one task:
Get better at your craft, and upgrade your tools as needed.
One great way to get better at mixing is to know how to use the “swiss-army knife of mixing” known as compression.
I can show you the ropes here:
I may not be a foosball master, but I know a thing or two about using compression to get great-sounding mixes. Click here for more.