Okay, so there are a lot of things that make a mix sound amateur.

But you should know there’s absolutely NOTHING wrong with you if you’re not getting amazing mixes.

If you could get great mixes on the first try, then it probably wouldn’t be that satisfying anyway, right?

However, one of my goals is to help you avoid common mistakes.

Mistakes are good.

They help you learn.

But if you pay attention, you can learn a lot from other people’s mistakes, and perhaps even avoid a few of them altogether.

So, what’s the #1 sign of an amateur mix in my opinion?

Reverb Overload

Reverb is SO cool. You can make it sound like you recorded your vocal track in a big cave.

But that’s also the problem. 🙂

As we talked about yesterday, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing.

For some reason, this is especially problematic for people who are just learning how to mix.

They’re not super happy with the way their mixes sound, so they start drowning all the tracks in reverb.

In other words, they’re trying to hide their tracks behind a wall of ‘verb.

But that don’t work, pumpkin.

A bad mix will still sound bad with a lot of reverb.

So, the moral of the story?

  • Don’t use too much reverb.
  • Don’t set your “tail” setting to something super-long. (I normally go for something like a 700ms reverb tail. Longer for ballads. But if you’re doing 8-second reverb tails, you’re in for some trouble.)
  • Is the reverb really obvious in the mix? Or is it subtle? Subtle usually wins for me.

A bunch of people asked me to do a tutorial series on reverb and delay, but rather than make it a $27 dollar individual tutorial, I decided to cover reverb and delay on a live training session for my VIP members.

This training went down a couple months ago, and you can watch it right now in the VIP members area.

Become a member today for just 5 smackeroos.

Here’s the link:


Joe Gilder