Without further ado, I give you my top 12 mixing tips you can use in any mix.
Whatever the genre, these mixing tips work on every mix, and they’re so easy and effective you can use them right away.
- Cut the kick between 300 – 400 Hz.
- Use the gain reduction meter of your compressor to time the snare to the rhythm of the song.
- Route the overheads to a separate group and compress the hell out of them.
- For a livelier bass guitar sound that was recorded DI’d, use an amp simulator for the speaker effect.
- Add synth bass underneath your bass guitar for a thick bass effect.
- Filter the guitar until it starts to sound weak, but never less than 100 Hz.
- Use mono reverbs and pan them to the opposite side of the stereo field.
- Use side-chain compression on the guitar and vocals to make the guitar duck out of the way when the vocal is singing. Works especially well in a guitar-heavy mix.
- For easy “automation” effects, just copy the phrase you want to manipulate to another track.
- If cutting a nasal sounding vocalist at 1 kHz doesn’t work, mask the sound by boosting at 2 – 3 kHz.
- Use an exciter on vocals as a last resort for dull-sounding vocal sounds.
- Make sub-mixes with groups for an easier mixing workflow.
That’s all for today and this weekend. Audio Issues will be down for a while today while I put up a kick-ass new design.
In the meantime, head on over to Dueling Mixes to learn more proven mixing techniques.