Sorry I’m late getting this to you today.

I’ve been busy mixing and getting things ready for tomorrow. It’s the first of the month, which means all new multi-tracks, tutorial videos, and other goodies over at Dueling Mixes.

What’s that? You haven’t checked it out yet?

You really should. I think you’d love it.

Details here:

Anyhoo…I had an interesting “ah-ha” moment this week.

As I mentioned a week or so ago, I’ve been experimenting with doing some mixing through my StudioLive mixer, rather than mixing entirely “in the box.”

I discovered something really interesting.

You would think that using entirely different EQs and compressors (on the mixer itself), very few plugins, and an entirely different workflow/process would yield a pretty different result, right? You would expect my mix to sound different. If not night-and-day different, at least noticeably different.

But that hasn’t been the case, and I’ve mixed several songs this way now.

You know what I discovered?

These mixes still sound like they were mixed by me.

They sound like Joe mixes, both good and bad.

There’s my ah-ha moment.

As it turns out, you can change the equipment, but you can’t change the guy.

My mixes still sound like my mixes, even on a very different system.

That can only mean one thing: To improve my mixes, I’ve got to improve ME.

Pretty interesting, eh?

Joe Gilder
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