The Myth About the One-Size-Fits-All Mixing Process
Yesterday, a friend of mine was talking to me about mixing and my newest eBook, Step By Step Mixing.
He was saying that there aren’t really formulas or step-by-step instructions to mix every song. Each mix follows a basic pattern but since each song is different there really isn’t a single way to mix all songs.
Having released something called Step By Step Mixing, you might be surprised that I wholeheartedly agree with him.
I do have a basic approach to every mix (one that I showed you yesterday), but I modify it every time depending on what the song needs.
People want a one-size-fits-all system for anything because it’s easier. They don’t want to know all the details and intricacies of a subject, they just want the quick solution. Unfortunately for mixing, there is no one solution because the songs are so different.
The absolute best I can show you is how to tackle a mix with a basic blueprint, using the most important processors you need to learn to get better at mixing, EQ, compression, reverb, delay and saturation.
From there it’s about applying those skills in practice. That’s where you get better over time.
In fact, the first few pages of Step By Step Mixing talk about the subjective nature of mixing and how to get better at it.
You can actually read the first few pages of the book on Amazon by clicking on the cover on the left hand side.
If you like what you read, grab your copy at the discounted rate before it goes up tomorrow.
For those of you who’ve already bought it (thanks again for making it a #1 Best-Seller btw!), I would really appreciate if you left a review on Amazon when you get a chance. That’s the best way to spread the word so that it can help other home studio musicians improve their mixes.
Thanks in advance!
Keeping Track, Music Mixing