It seems like whenever I hang out with Graham Cochrane, two things happen.

  1. I learn something.
  2. I’m late sending that day’s email. 🙂

So here’s the late afternoon edition of the Home Studio Corner Daily Gazette. (You like that?)

Change.

They say it’s a good thing, and it usually is.

Except when it isn’t.

I wrote a song about it once. It’s called…wait for it…”Change.” (You can actually download and listen to it, along with the rest of the album, for FREE here.)

Anyhoo, the point of the song is that sometimes change can be a pain, but it’s usually good for ya.

But sometimes…sometimes we like to change things just for the sake of changing them.

I’m talking about mixing.

Some people tend to pull up a mix, take a quick listen, and then proceed to make lots and lots of changes.

It’s as if they feel that if they don’t alter the sound of the tracks dramatically they won’t be doing a good job.

I call bull.

If you pull up a set of tracks and they sound KILLER by themselves, don’t (I repeat DON’T) proceed to add a bunch of changes to the sound just for the sake of changing it.

Being a good mixer means knowing when to add things AND when to leave things alone.

It’s kinda like being a great lead guitarist. Those guys know how to play tasty licks all day long on their axes, but they also know WHEN to play, and when to be quiet.

Something to think about, eh?

Yes, EQ and compression and delay and reverb are all wonderful tools. But sometimes you just need to leave stuff alone.

You with me?

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Joe Gilder
Home Studio Corner