Do your mixes sometimes sound like poo?

Guess what? You’re completely normal.

Thinking you should never make bad mixes (especially if you’re just starting out) is like telling my 1-year-old son Owen that he should never fall flat on his face.

It just happens.

He’s getting better at walking. (Heck, he’s trying to “run” now…looks more like a really elaborate way to fall down.) He falls down all the time.


And you know what? Most of the time he thinks it’s hilarious.

You too can enjoy your crappy mixes.

Here are some ways:

  1. Take note of the things you LIKE about the mix. There’s probably at least ONE thing you did well.
  2. Ask the question, “Could I have recorded these tracks better? Would that have helped me get a better mix?”
  3. Make a list of things that need to be changed. Seriously. Write it down. It’s much less overwhelming when you have a list of specific things to go back and change.
  4. Ask the question, “Am I over-doing it somewhere in this mix?” (Did you compress the daylights out of the lead vocal for no good reason?)
  5. Cheer up! Mix #2 almost always sounds WAY better than Mix #1.

Rather than being bummed out by your latest mix catastrophe, laugh it off, wipe yourself off and go at it again…like a toddler who doesn’t know any better.

It gets better, I promise.

Chances are the majority of the issues are related to simple things like fader levels and EQ.

One bandaid for your mix boo-boo is a healthy understanding of how EQ works.

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