I finished reading Talent is Overrated* the other day. Great book.

The premise of the book is that all great performers became great performers because of intentional practice, not inborn talent.

While some might think that’s bad news (it requires a ton of work to become world-class), I think it’s FANTASTIC news.

It means that no one is born a fantastic mixing engineer.

It means that every successful, grammy-winning engineer had to start somewhere.

It means all that stands between you and greatness is EFFORT.

The book talked about the fact that merely logging hours of activity isn’t enough. It has to be focused practiced, designed to make you better.

The key to this type of practice is FEEDBACK.

This is where it gets really exciting for me.

For golfers, feedback comes in the form of hiring a coach to watch your swing and make suggestions.

For most fields, in fact, feedback requires someone else.

But not for us.

That’s the beauty of working on music.

If you’re goal is to become a better mix engineer, you can provide your OWN feedback.

You can finish a mix and listen back to it.

You can compare your mix to your favorite mixes.

OR (even better) you can compare your mix to the mix you hear in your head.

You are your own coach.

If you don’t like the mix, you can identify what it is specifically that you don’t like, and you can go back and focus on THAT.

It’s a beautiful cycle.

It’s NOT always fun, but it IS effective.

And you don’t need a lot of crazy ninja mixing tricks, just a healthy dose of good old-fashioned work ethic.

I’ve got plenty of tracks to get your started here:


Or, if you’d like to add a bit of video training to the mix (ha…pun), check out Dueling Mixes:


To getting better,

Joe Gilder
Home Studio Corner

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