I made this massive idiot mistake the other day.
I still cringe just thinking about it, especially since it happened during class. Not only did I say something stupid, but I did so in front of a class full of people.
I don’t know if that’s ever happened to you but it’s a times worse if you make a mistake in public.
Take something as trivial as tripping over something. If nobody’s watching it doesn’t matter to you at all. But if you trip all over yourself in a public, the embarrassment becomes so much worse.
I’ve made some stupid mistakes with my mixes as well. Luckily, you can get away with a few stupid mistakes because you can fix them rather quickly, without exposing your stupidness to 20 odd people.
Here are a few of them:
Compressor on LOUD – This is one stupid mistake I’ve made a few times. If you make things louder they automatically sound better to your ears, so a compressor with the gain up will make you think it sounds better.
Even if the compressor isn’t even working because the threshold is too low. Watch the gain reduction meter to see if it’s actually working. Because sometimes it can just be that extra volume that’s fooling you.
Send Processing – One time I sent all of my guitars to an aux track so I could process them all together. Then I was confused why my EQ didn’t really take all the mud and bass away.
It was because the original signals were still happily playing away on their original tracks. My EQ didn’t do anything to the original because I hadn’t routed them, I only created copies. Man I felt like an idiot when I figured that out.
No Phase-Check – This one mix a while ago had really hard-hitting drums. I spent a lot of time on the drum mix, trying to get everything as powerful as possible but the snare didn’t have enough punch. It was double-miked and I didn’t realize that the under-snare was out of phase.
As soon as I saw that I flipped the phase and boom! All the thickness came slamming back onto the snare sound. That’s one mistake that’s easy to overlook but makes all the difference to your sound.
These are just some of the mistakes that I’ve made. I’m sure there are many more I didn’t even realize I was making.
Let me talk about mixing solutions for a little bit. That’s what we all want.
We don’t want to make mistakes.
Especially not these top 10 mixing mistakes I’ve solved for you in my Mixing Solutions eCourse
- Discover why you might make the biggest mixing mistake of all before you even start the mix!
- How to set up your mix so that you leave enough headroom and don’t overload your master fader
- 6 ways you can fix a problematic compressor
- Avoid using these preset mistakes that make you look dumb
- How to keep your drums from taking center stage and ruining your mix
- The ins and outs of simplifying your mix with groups and busses
- The one mistake I’ll never get over about sending and routing
- How to use filters to make your mixes sound cleaner
- Getting just the right amount of reverb (and why EQ is the best way to do that)
- Learn to use mono to make sure your guitar solos don’t disappear.
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