Remember the movie “Speed”?
If you’re not familiar with it, here’s the basic gist. A disgruntled ex-cop plants a bomb on a city bus. The bomb is set to blow up if the speed of the bus drops below 55 miles-per-hour.
As much as I’d like to talk about Keanu Reeves awesome acting skillz, I want to talk about MIXING.
Did you know that mixing is a lot like the movie “Speed”?
If you take too long to finish your mix, it blows up.
Mixerman calls this “going past the mix.”
A good mix is like a statue. At first it’s a hunk of marble, then you chip things away until it looks like the statue you imagined in your head. But at some point you have to stop, and if you don’t, you’ll chip off too much and ruin the statue.
Mixing’s the same way.
At a certain point (and it’s different for every person and every mix), any changes you make will only make the mix worse not better. If you’re like me, you grew up believing that if you just put in enough effort, you would succeed. That’s not exactly true when it comes to mixing a song.
Yes, you need to mix lots of songs to improve your skills, but spending excessive amounts of time on one mix hurt you more than it helps you.
Speed isn’t the goal.
The goal is a good mix.
And (as it turns out) speed is your friend.
If you develop the skill of mixing quickly, your mixes will start sounding better. It sounds backwards, I know, but I’ve found it to be true for me.
For more on this, come check out the free webinar I’m hosting this Wednesday night (Nov 12) at 8pm Central Time.
It’s called “Why You Should Learn to Mix Fast (and How To Do It)”
I’ll dive deeper into this whole idea of speed mixing.
And I’ll even set up a mixing session live on the webinar.
(Hint: A big part of mixing quickly has to do with how you set up the mix to begin with.)
Click here to register for the webinar:
See you Wednesday night!
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P.S. There will be a recording of the webinar, but you’ll need to click the link above to make sure get access to it as soon as it’s available, even if you can’t make it to the live webinar.