Tell me if this sounds familiar.

You’re working on a mix, and you’re making a lot of progress, but when the song goes from the verse to the chorus, it just doesn’t hit you as hard as you’d like it to.

So you tweak.

You try more aggressive compression.

Doesn’t help.

You try automating the volume of some tracks to get louder at the chorus.

Doesn’t help.

You try boosting the lows on the bass and kick drum.

This helps a tiny bit, but not really.

What now?

I’m gonna share with you my “secret recipe” for getting hard-hitting mixes.

If you do this (I mean really do it, not nod your head as you read this and never think about it again), I can guarantee your mixes will sound better, hit harder, and make a big smile creep across your face.

The recipe for a hard-hitting mix doesn’t have anything to do  with compressors, EQs, effects, or automation.

It has EVERYTHING to do with the tracks themselves.

(Let me repeat myself for emphasis.)

The recipe for a hard-hitting mix is to record hard-hitting tracks.

Sorry. It’s probably not what you wanted to hear.

Trust me, I’d much rather share some super-awesome compression technique that will automatically transform your lackluster tracks into glorious, award-winning mixes.

That would be easy.

Recording hard-hitting tracks is NOT easy…but it’s worth it.

It takes a lot of trial and error, but make it your goal to record tracks that sound awesome BEFORE you add any plugins.

This single limitation will force you to work harder on the front end, and it will guarantee your mixes will sound better on the back end.


For a great example of hard-hitting tracks and how to turn them into a rockin’ mix, check out this month’s song over at:

You’re gonna have a lot of fun mixing this one.

See ya.

Joe Gilder
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