I love mixing. I really do.
That’s not to say I don’t love all the other aspects of creating music – writing, arranging, performing, recording, editing, mastering, etc. But I particularly love to mix.
Whenever I’m recording someone (either myself or someone else), a little part of me is always in a hurry to get finished recording so I can move on to mixing. This, of course, can lead to a “Fix it in the mix” mentality, which is not a good thing at all. But alas, I’m guilty of it sometimes. 🙂
What I love about mixing is that it’s a challenge. Every time I start a new mix, it’s like sitting in front of a puzzle (except much cooler). Regardless of how well the tracks were recorded, they won’t blend together very well without the help of a mix engineer.
There’s so much give and take with mixing. If you turn up one instrument, chances are you need to turn another one down. If you pan one track to the left, you probably need to balance that by panning another track to the right. If you remove all the low end on a guitar track, you’ll need to make sure the kick drum and bass have plenty of low end to make up for it.
There are thousands of tiny decisions to be made, and there are a thousand different ways you could mix a song. I find it all exhilarating.
To me mixing is like taming a wild horse. It takes a lot of work…and there are times when you just want to shoot the horse. But it’s so satisfying once you’ve finished a mix, having beaten those tracks into submission. 🙂
Mixing Resources for You
I’ve written a lot about mixing here on HSC, and I thought I’d compile a list of them all right here. These are all completely FREE resources for you.
If, after reading through all of these articles, you’re itching for more, and you’d like to dive in-depth into mixing, you should join us over at MixWithUs.com. As much as I love mixing, I also love teaching others how to mix, helping them improve their mixes, and what better way to do it than by mixing songs together?
Before you head off and read the articles below, leave a comment. Let me know if you’re going to join Mix With Us. I’ll need 10 comments at LEAST.
Even if you decide not to join MWU, you should still check out these articles. Enjoy!
- Dealing with Low-Mids and a Muddy Mix
- One-Hour Challenge
- 3 Tips for EQ-ing Vocals
- “Is that wrong?” – Thoughts on Making Musical Decisions
- Close Your Eyes
- Printing Effects and Instruments in Pro Tools [Video]
- A Few “Pre-Mixing” Tips from Audio Geek Zine
- The Best Mixing Tip
- Setting Levels for Mixing
- Practice Makes Perfect…Even for Audio Engineers?
- Mixing Drums Part 1
- Mixing Drums Part 2 – EQ
- Mixing Drums Part 3 – Compression
- Mixing Bass Part 1
- Mixing Bass Part 2 – EQ
- Mixing Bass Part 3 – Compression and Limiting
- Mixing Acoustic Guitar Part 1 – EQ
- Mixing Acoustic Guitar Part 2 – Compression
- Mixing Acoustic Guitar Part 3 – Easy on the Effects
- Use a Reference Track While Mixing
- 3 Mixing Tips [Video]
- EQ-ing Kick Drum [Video]
- Check Your Mixes EVERYWHERE
- EQ Before or After Compression?
- Experiment with Panning to Improve Your Mix
- Quick Guide to Dither
- Get Opinions on Your Mixes
- Headphones: To Mix or Not to Mix
- “Limit Thyself” [Video]
- 4 Ways to Deal with Noise in a Mix
- 4 Tips for Mixing an Unruly Lead Vocal
- Using Compression on Your Master Fader
- The “Fix it in the Mix” Mentality
- 3 Tips for Getting a Good Bass Sound
- Do You Always Use Compression?
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