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Retreat, Regroup and Really Show That Mix Who’s Boss!

I’m in Iceland this week traveling around the country.

I haven’t been back since 2014 so I’m really happy to be able to take the time and introduce the country to some of my friends I’m bringing with me.

It’s comfortable to get away from it all, if only for a little while.

The thing is, if you’re having problems with something (anything really) you’d be surprised how many times you’ll figure out the solution when you least expect it.

Putting something out of your mind for a while can give you a new perspective.

It gives you the ability to think about things in a different way.

A New Point of View

Let’s take a mixing session for instance.

It’s so easy for us to pound our head against the mixing console without really succeeding at the vision we have for a specific song.

If you’re mixing and no matter what you do you just can’t seem to be able to get that sound you want, just leave it.

If you’re fighting a losing battle in your mixing session, just do what an army does when it’s losing a battle.

Retreat and regroup.

You may have lost the battle with the drum sound today, but come tomorrow you might be fresh with new ideas on how to tackle the war you’re waging against that uncooperative track.

Whenever you’re in a bind and you can’t make anything sound good, just do one of these things:

  1. Walk away.
  2. Take a deep breath.
  3. Make some coffee.
  4. Listen to a different style of music.
  5. Read a comic book.
  6. Cook a great meal.

Just do anything to take your mind off the task at hand. It’s amazing what our subconscious does while we’re not looking.

That’s it for today. Just some food for thought if you’re having a bad start to the week. Retreat, regroup and be rewarded.

Oh, and BTW, if you’re still struggling and your subconscious won’t help you, I have a bag full of tricks that you can use on your annoying mix. Recording & Mixing Strategies will give you ideas to take even the most uncooperative of mixes to the next level.

Check it out here:

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At Audio Issues you’ll learn simple and practical audio production tips you can use right away to improve your music from your home recording studio.  Björgvin is the best-selling author of Step By Step Mixing and the founder of Audio Issues. He helps musicians and producers turn amateur demos into professionally produced records they can be proud to release.

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