Good point Joe. No can argue.. You`re absolutely right. I need help!! Do you have any material for sale on this subject ? I bought your “how to understand compression” vidz, and man.. HOT STUFF
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Probably the best way to learn this would be to join Dueling Mixes. It’s a mixing-focused membership, but I’ve heard over and over again from members that one of the biggest things they learn is what good tracks are supposed to sound like, since they’re hearing the raw tracks for each song every month. http://www.duelingmixes.com
I think the way I get the best tracks to minimize mixing is recording the barebones driest track (and preferably noiseless track) and apply minimal production in the post loop as opposed to the pre loop.
That way I never have a track “contaminated” by any additional coloring of the signal prior to the recording. That also prevents me from trying to make something better than it is using effects, even to the point of no or flat EQ and a signal with lots of headroom.
Great points Joe, and so true. The saying – “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” comes to mind.
The first time I was given an opportunity to mix a song with tracks recorded by an engineer much more skilled than I am – the light went on. I was able to put up the faders – into any position – and it always sounded great – sonically intact.
The only task left to do was to balance it for emotion, message, focus, and some interest – not to make up for deficiencies in the recording. So to echo your point: taking the extra time to nail it in the recording will not only make the track sound better – but it will make the process downstream much more fun and creative.
Thanks for the video – really enjoyed it.
Hey Chris! It’s been a while. Great to see your avatar again. 🙂
I try my best to make the original recording sound like what is in my head or a source track. Mixing is entirely overrated.
I agree that getting it right at the source is very important and will lessen the work you will have to put into your project to get it to sound great.
For me, however, the best mixing tip I ever got (and I can’t remember where I read it or who said it) was – “Mix your project at a very low volume.” I have found that if your mix sounds good at a very low volume it will sound great when you turn it up. Unfortunately, it usually doesn’t work the other way around.
The way I get the best tracks (they are by no means amazing yet, but I subscribe to your emails, so hopefully soon) is just by experimentation and shedding. I just play the damn part right. I focus on making it good right from the get go. My playing, my tone, my volume, the bands volume, tone, playing etc. Just make everything right and experiment until you get the right sound.
You’re gonna do really well if you keep up that attitude, Chase. 🙂