Sorry I’m late getting this to you today.
I’ve been busy mixing and getting things ready for tomorrow. It’s the first of the month, which means all new multi-tracks, tutorial videos, and other goodies over at Dueling Mixes.
What’s that? You haven’t checked it out yet?
You really should. I think you’d love it.
Anyhoo…I had an interesting “ah-ha” moment this week.
As I mentioned a week or so ago, I’ve been experimenting with doing some mixing through my StudioLive mixer, rather than mixing entirely “in the box.”
I discovered something really interesting.
You would think that using entirely different EQs and compressors (on the mixer itself), very few plugins, and an entirely different workflow/process would yield a pretty different result, right? You would expect my mix to sound different. If not night-and-day different, at least noticeably different.
But that hasn’t been the case, and I’ve mixed several songs this way now.
You know what I discovered?
These mixes still sound like they were mixed by me.
They sound like Joe mixes, both good and bad.
There’s my ah-ha moment.
As it turns out, you can change the equipment, but you can’t change the guy.
My mixes still sound like my mixes, even on a very different system.
That can only mean one thing: To improve my mixes, I’ve got to improve ME.
Pretty interesting, eh?
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