Mixing a great sounding track isn't just about playing with fader levels and plug-ins, it's so much involved. Top mixers know that the key to producing great sounding mixes is more about working with disciplined mindsets.
The quick tip articles below touch on many of these mixing mindset along with some useful pointers and workflows that will enable you to work smarter and more creatively the next time you approach a mix.
Do you use references when mixing? If so do you have any tracks you use all the time? We asked the Production Expert team and got very different answers.
Some people refer to “mixing tricks” but are they really tricks? When is a technique just a technique? Julian looks at some common examples and decides.
Primarily, I’d use the original Insight in post production and mastering. I might refer to it from time to time for mixing, but not as often as in other cases. This has changed with Insight 2, as the suite provides several improvements that make it a killer companion for mixing duties for me. In this article I will outline its killer features…
In this article we list 10 pain points everybody new to mixing experiences early on in their music production workflows. We cover some typical mix translation topics followed up with some possible areas in your studio setup that could be working against you as well as highlighting some emotional roadblocks that you need to be aware of that can easily stop your creative juices flowing in a mix session.
This article is aimed at those new to mixing, I want to inspire you to develop a mixing process, one that you call your own which will enable you to produce consistently brilliant sounding music every time you mix a new song in your studio.
A mix can quickly lead you down dark and frustrating rabbit holes that are difficult to come out of, however, we have some essential mixing tips that will hopefully help you to avoid getting suck when you mix your next song in Pro Tools. These tips will inspire you to develop some basic mixing disciplines and mindsets as mixing isn't just about moving faders and loading up plug-ins you know...
Without the following disciplines, mixes can quickly get the better of you. You'll only have yourself to blame if you don't work to a set of mixing disciplines. Below are 5 mixing disciplines I have used for many years that I regard as essential mixing rules which help to mix music that I'm proud and my clients praise and pay for.
If you are new to editing audio in Pro Tools then I strongly recommend you learn the keyboard shortcuts in this article as these will speed up your workflow.
Incorporating keyboard shortcuts into your Pro Tools Mixer workflow will help you get your mixes done more efficiently. In this article, I list my essential Pro Tools Mixer Window keyboard shortcuts that help me manage large Pro Tools Sessions while also saving me several thousand clicks of the mouse as well.
I am a partially sighted Pro Tools user, being able to see small plug-in controls is an everyday challenge for me. I have personally never "mixed with my eyes" because my vision is so bad it's impossible, I have to rely on my ears.
"Overthinking a mix" - we've all caught ourselves doing this at some point. Overthinking a mix is usually the point where we start to overcomplicate the mix process, which in turn clouds our judgement making it difficult for us to finish a mix.
We have all heard the expression "a mix is never finished, it’s abandoned”. When does any recording artist know when to put their audio brush down and declare that their masterpiece is done?
Mixing is a, first and foremost, a creative process. People are generally more than happy to jump head first into a mix with little regard for the most basic stages of mix preparation. It's these types of individuals that ask me time and time again to explain why their mixes have a tendency to "come undone"
If you are new to mixing then this list should help you, if you a veteran then you can drop your top tips at the end of this article in the comments. In the meantime, here are 5 mixing mistakes you should avoid.
Learn Some Cool Mixing Techniques In Our Free 15 Minute Mix Challenge Videos
A great way to either learn new how to mix a song or improve your mixing skills is by watching someone else work an entire mix. Below are several videos showing you how to mix a song in a tight timeframe using a variety of popular mixing plug-in bundles.