Do you ever get frustrated with your mixes?

Yeah, that’s normal.

But what you DO about it can make a big ol’ difference in how quickly you improve.

I shared an article with you the other day that argued that quantity is better than quality, especially when you’re first trying to master a skill.

(And unless you’ve already logged your 10,000 hours of mixing, you’re still in the mastery phase. I am, too.)

You might remember that back in April, I realized that I had been dragging my feet on finishing my newest album. I made the decision to finish the album by the end of the month.

That gave me around 3 weeks to mix 11 songs.

For me, that was a LOT of pressure. I still had all my normal Home Studio Corner duties, so I had to fit all those mixing sessions around my normal schedule.

And two things happened.

First, I finished the mixes. Setting that deadline (and announcing it to you) worked.

Secondly, I got better. I was a better mixer at the end of April than I was at the beginning.

Why? Because I made myself finish 11 mixes.

Are they perfect? No.

Am I better? Absofruitly.

So…if YOU are wanting to get better, I recommend giving yourself the same exact challenge.

Here are the 4 steps:

Step 1: Sign up for Mix Practice.

Step 2: Download the multi-track files to the album (Help of the Helpless), and give yourself a deadline.

Make it aggressive. Make it challenging.

It doesn’t have to be 3 weeks, but don’t make it a year or something super far away.

The goal here is to go for QUANTITY.

Step 3: Email me and tell me what your deadline is. I’ll hold you to it.

Step 4: Finish 11 mixes.

Even if you’re not 100% happy with each mix (and you won’t be), you WILL be better at the end of the challenge.

I promise you.

Joe Gilder
Home Studio Corner