When I sit down to mix an EP or an album, there are two things I aim for: I want to mix the project well, and I want to mix it efficiently.
The two are not mutually exclusive, in fact, you could make the argument that a faster mix could indeed be a better mix.
A few years ago, I had just started using my StudioLive 24-channel mixer (the first one). A band hired me to mix an EP for them. On a whim I decided to mix the song through my mixer, so I bussed the tracks in Studio One and routed them out to the 24 channels on the board.
Then I just mixed. Simple stuff. Balance, EQ, compression, effects.
I spent a few hours on the mix and got it sounding really nice, so I sent it off to the clients to review. They had a few small revisions, which I did, then I moved on to Song #2.
I set up the session, routed all the tracks to the appropriate channels on the mixer, and pressed play.
And to my surprise the song sounded great! Why? Because all my settings for Song #1 were still pulled up on the board. I was hearing the tracks from Song #2 routed through the settings for Song #1.
As long as the songs contain similar elements (similar, drum, bass, guitar, and vocal tones), it stands to reason that the mixes will also contain very similar elements.
I mixed Song #2 for the client in a fraction of the time. Granted, I still had to give it the attention it needed. Not every setting worked, and I had to make plenty of changes, but the foundation was there.
Now, you may not have a mixer in your studio. (Most people don’t.) You can still use this approach by saving a TEMPLATE of your mix of Song #1, and importing the tracks into that template when you start mixing Song #2.
It’s a little more advanced, and it can be tricky, but if you do it right, you’ll save a ton of time and still get great-sounding mixes.
I’ve put together a bundle of my 3 favorite courses, all centered around mixing. Understanding EQ and Understanding Compression will clear up any confusion you have about these foundational tools of any mix. Then Mixing and Mastering Fighter EP will wrap it all together. You’ll see me use EQ, compression, and even this template technique to release some of the best music I’ve put out in my career.
And you get all of those for one low price of $175. If these courses help you land ONE paid mixing gig…just one…they’ll pay for themselves.
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