Got this email the other day from Martin:

“I realized that for me songwriting > arranging > recording > production > mixing.  But I just spent a month trying to mix my way into a good arrangement and better recorded parts. No fun.  I need to focus up the food chain, but it’s more fun to geek out on gear. Onwards…”

Look at Martin’s little hierarchy. He has mixing ALL the way at the end. In other words, of all the elements he has listed there, mixing is the least important.

Or maybe to put it more accurately, mixing is only as good as everything else in the “food chain.”

How you order things might vary a bit, but you’ll find that the more emphasis you put on the front end (great song, great arrangement, great recording), the more “wow’d” you’re going to be on the back end.

Your goal in the studio should be to get to the point where you can say, “These tracks mix themselves!”

If you find yourself saying that, you’re on the right track.

What’s your hierarchy? What’s the most important thing to you?

That’s something we talk about ALL the time inside of the VIP members area.

And these guys and girls (who call themselves VIPers) are getting better and better. It’s fun to watch.

Want to join the awesomeness?

Joe Gilder
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