Basic Mixing Tips

basic mixing tips

A great music composition is nothing without a decent mix, that’s why I’m going to share with you a few basic tips regarding the rather technical aspect of music production. These hacks can be applied to any DAW out there so you won’t have to limit yourself to one piece of software and be flexible.

1. Equilibrium – not talking about the movie(an actually good one, by the way) but more about the importance of volume/panning and the smart decisions revolving around them, which are the key factors that make up a good track. Spend 15 to 60 minutes, depending on the track’s complexity, only to listen it while adjusting the volume levels and pan pots until everything sounds right, until you feel “connected” with the vibe. No plugins and knowledge of a specific software is required for this operation.

2. Equalization – Once a good balance is secured, we need to use the most important and basic plugin that comes up with all music production programs: the EQ or equalizer, which is basically like a volume fader, only more smart and automated. If you experiment and learn how to use it, the EQ can be a very powerful tool to enhance your track’s potential while also removing the undesired frequencies.

3. Compression – after the equalization process, the compressor is the next plugin which can bring a lot of power/punch to the audio while also guaranteeing an overall smoother performance. Depending on how you use the compressor’s knobs, very different results can be obtained, just make sure if the tune really needs a compression and make the right decision.

4. Referencing – a powerful, clever trick which can help the ears a lot is to import a professional music piece similar in genre and instrumentation to the one which you are currently working on. Start comparing it to your mix and observe the mixing decisions made in the reference audio.

Spend some more time with the mix, implement these steps and you should have a better sounding, more professional music. Good luck!

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