Music mixing tips

Posted by on Saturday, October 22, 2016 Under: Recording Tips

Mixing is where it all comes together - it is an important stage.

1 Try and install, at the least some, minimal acoustic treatments. They will assist every mix you do and help you get better results. Side wall absorbers, a ceiling cloud and a few broadband bass traps will help neutralize your room acoustics. It need not be costly if you can do a little DIY.

2 Wherever possible, try to get your loudspeakers as far from the room corners as is possible to do so. This reduces bass tip up. (This is an artificial increase in bass loudness) It is especially prevalent with speakers with bass reflex ports on their back panel.

3 Isolate your speakers from whatever they are resting on. Use an acoustic tile to reduce vibrations and resonances transmitting into supports (desks/stands etc.) This will clear up the stereo image a little and improve clarity.

4 Tweak your mix and re-listen (read: finish) the following morning, try not to finalize mix downs late at night when you are most tired and least alert.

5 By all means, import a well mixed track into your DAW and compare and contrast with your own mix. Try and identify what can and cannot be improved in your track against the professionally mixed reference. As the track will have been mastered level, match the imported reference by bringing down the level so your mix and the track appear at the same volumes. This is a great way to judge bass levels when working on a monitoring system that is not familiar or completely accurate.

6 Back up your mix files frequently. Purchase a low cost USB 2.0 hard drive and simply drag and drop the audio files and mix session files at the end of each day. Hard drives break - it’s a matter of when not if so make this a regular habit.

7 Try bouncing your mix out and listen on other systems, car hi fi, small stereo and make a few notes. Then come back and consider any tweaks and double check them on your main studio speakers.

by  Barry Gardner

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