Have you always wanted to be able to mix songs yourself? Been put off trying because you simply do not know where to start? If this is true for you then you are going to want to read this article.
We have put together the beginner’s guide to studio mixing. A simple starting place for those who want to mix music but who do not know where they need to begin.
Whilst we can’t promise that you are going to be an amazing producer by the end of this read, we can promise you that you will understand the basics of studio mixing and be able to take your first steps to showing off your very own mixing skills.
Always listen to the rough mix first
One of the most important things to remember when you are mixing a song is that you never want to take away from the vibe of the original track or tracks. This means that you should always take the time to listen to the rough mix before you get to work. You can get a feel for the music and make sure that you can enhance them, rather than take away from them.
You don’t always have to wait for the mixing process to get to work
The thing to remember is that mixing doesn’t always have to be started when production is finished. If you feel a mix, then get to work. You will be surprised by the amazing things that you can come up before you have even finished production. Not only does this mean that you have plenty of time to work on the best mixes possible, but can also save you time in the long run too.
Focus on the music
Life is busy, particularly if you have other things on as well as mixing. But you really need to stop letting your mind wander. Instead, you need to give your brain a bit of an empty and focus on the music and nothing else. This means that you will be able to really get the best out of your mix.
Make sure your labels make sense
Being organised might sound boring, but when it comes to mixing music it can prove to be incredibly useful. Take a minute to not only colour code the tracks in the session, but also to label them too. These labels shouldn’t just be a collection of numbers or letters, but actually make sense to you. This will make it easier when the time comes to mix.
Remove the unnecessary
Whilst there may have been plenty of efforts into making the recording process as quiet as possible, there is a chance that from time to time there are going to be odd noises cropping up. You will need to make sure that you remove these before you even start to mixing, as these will just get in the way during the process otherwise.
Now you have these basics down it is time to get to mixing. This needs a separate guide to go through, and in no time at all you are sure to go from beginner to absolute legend in the studio.