Long-time reader, first-time questioner Mark asks:
Would making 3, 4, or 5 different versions of a mix be more detrimental than helpful?
How many versions of mixes do you do? My iTunes library certainly has its fair share of songs with “Mix 4” or “Mix 5” in the title.
In short, it’s easy to drown in a sea of options.
As awesome as computer-based recording is, it has its downfalls, the big one being infinite choices. Your initial instinct is to think that having 10 mixes of a song will help you make sure you pick the exact right one.
But as we saw last week, that’s simply not the case. (Remember? Mo’ choices, mo’ problems.)
Plus, the endless cycle of second-guessing yourself makes it impossible to make a decision you’re remotely happy with.
So…what do you do? Mix the song once and be done with it?
I’m a firm believer that most songs I work on aren’t mixed, they’re REmixed. (No, I don’t mean I pull in a drum machine and do a dance remix of the song.) I mean I normally need to come back and make changes after my initial mix.
It looks something like this:
Mix, mix, mix. Done. Bounce Mix #1.
Listen to it for a few days. Let it simmer. Take mental notes.
Tweak, tweak, tweak. Done. Bounce Mix #2.
Listen to it for a few days. Happy? Great. You’re done.
Not happy yet?
Tweak, tweak, tweak. Done. Bounce Mix #3.
You get the idea.
HERE’S THE IMPORTANT PART — Once I bounce a new mix, I FORGET ABOUT the previous one.
Don’t have five mixes to choose from. Always take your latest mix and work from THERE. Once you start going backwards and revisiting earlier mixes, you’re in trouble.
Sometimes you need to raise the white flag and start all over…but that’s not something I do very often.
Want practice mixing? Clicky-click right here and see if you’re up for the challenge: