You’ve heard it said that it takes roughly 10,000 hours to master something, right?

Why don’t we hone that down a little bit and apply it to mixing?

Let’s say it takes you 4 hours to mix a song.

10,000 ÷ 4 = 2,500 mixes

Let’s say there are, on average, 10 songs on an album.

2,500 ÷ 10 = 250 albums

So, to become an expert at mixing, you need to mix 250 albums or 2,500 songs.

Sound intimidating and impossible? Of course it does.

But rather than walking away from this email with your head down, quietly humming that Charlie Brown “doo-do-dooooooo” song, let’s put a little spin on this.

Take a second to answer these questions:

Question #1: How many songs have you mixed?

(It doesn’t have to be exact, but give it your best guess.)

Question #2: Are you happy with your mixes?

If your answer to Question #2 is no, then take a look at your answer to Question #1. Is your number close to 2,500 or far away?

If it’s far away, then the solution for you is easy — MIX MORE SONGS.

And that, my friend, is good news.


Because it means there is a clear-cut path to better mixes. You’re not born a great mix engineer, and there are no shortcuts. You want to get better? Put in the work.

It’s that simple.

And it puts your current projects into perspective.

Are obsessing over a mix right now? Is it only the 2nd (or 200th) song you’ve ever mixed? Finish it and move on.

The more you finish, the better you get. Period.

I myself am still a long way from 2,500 mixes, but I’m working hard to get there.

And Dueling Mixes is a part of my game plan. One mix per month won’t get you to 2,500 any time soon (I think it’ll take a little over 208 years), but it will get you moving in the right direction.

And having guidance from 2 experienced mix engineers might indeed be a bit of a shortcut for you. You can learn from our experiences and mistakes and perhaps save yourself some time, too!

But we can’t help you if you don’t join.

Here’s the link:

Joe Gilder
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