How about a little Q&A for ya?

First up:

QUESTION: I want to know how to make my music sound good on many systems (computer speakers, car stereos, etc.). A lot of times my music doesn’t sound good in my car but sounds terrific on my studio monitors and headphones. Commercial music seems to sound good anywhere. What are they doing that I’m not?


If there was a magic pill, believe me, I’d tell you. Commercial music is recorded, produced, mixed, and mastered by professionals with thousands of hours of experience under their belts.

The key is repetition. Take those frustrating mixes and WORK on ’em until they start to translate better to multiple systems. Then move on to the next…

Next question…

QUESTION: How do I make a mix powerful bass-wise without being boomy, muddy, and flubby?

JOE: The low end can be what makes or breaks a mix. To mix low end effectively, you’ve got to be really familiar with exactly WHAT makes up that low end.

Is it just kick and bass guitar? Are there other instruments adding to the low end?

Once you identify your bass-heavy parts, then it’s simply a matter of using EQ to make room for each of them. Of course, if you do this the wrong way, you can make things MORE muddy (or perhaps you over-compensate and make the mix too thin).

If you want to learn to EQ like I do (and get mixes you’re really happy with), skip on over to:

You’ll learn my formula for how to EQ ANYTHING…plus in Video #2 I teach you a really cool, FREE way to train your ears to identify various frequency ranges.