Happy 4th of July, my fellow Americans.

For the rest of you, happy Thursday. 🙂

Do you ever feel like your mixes simply lack energy?

In your head, you’re imagining fireworks going off once your mix is finished. But in reality, it’s more like a couple of sparklers at best.

Here are a few ways to add more fireworks to your next mix:

1. Go back to the source

Is the song boring? Are the tracks boring? Can you add in a part or two that will liven things up?

2. Add More Compression?

Maybe you’re scared of over-compressing, so you use very little compression in the mix? Try adding some more.

Or maybe you should add a compressor to your master bus and see what that does.

3. Use longer attack times.

A lot of times, when I’m unhappy with a mix, it’s because it lacks punch. One reason for this is that your attack times on your compressors are too fast. Fast attack times can kill punchyness.

Dial it back.

4. Turn up the bass.

I know, I’m on a bit of a bass kick lately, but something as simple as turning up the bass can massively impact how awesome your mix sounds.

5. Use the mute button.

Some of the best live bands are ones with very few instruments. Coldplay and U2 put on one heck of a show with drums, bass, and an electric guitar.

Maybe you have too many tracks? Try muting some, and see if it brings the mix back to life.

Try one or all of these suggestions, and maybe you can inject some fireworks back into your mix.

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