Man oh man, this is a good one.
Do you ever find yourself chasing your tail in the studio?
There are sessions where I’ll spend 45 minutes on one tiny, little, insignificant part of a song.
In the moment it feels important.
But when I look back a day later, I realize I really didn’t accomplish much, if anything.
That’s why it’s important to ask this question about EVERYTHING you do in your studio:
What problem am I solving right now?
This is ESPECIALLY helpful when you’re mixing a song.
Mixing should be fast. It should flow.
When you’re mixing a song, you should feel like a musician, not a scientist.
If you hone in on AB’ing a 15 millisecond attack time versus a 10 millisecond attack time on your second tambourine track of a huge rock song…
You’re being a scientist and not a musician.
What problem are you really solving?
If it’s not a real problem, then you need to move on to something that really matters, something that will have a big impact on how good your mix sounds.
Anything else is a waste of time, and we all know that time is limited and precious.
It really can be that easy. Just because you CAN spend FOREVER on a mix doesn’t mean you should.
Speaking of mixing, it’s the beginning of the month, and that means we’ve got a new song waiting for you inside Dueling Mixes.
This month we’re working on one of MY songs from my upcoming album.
Come hear for yourself how I go about recording and mixing a song in my home studio. Click here:
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