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The Top 12 Mixing Tips You Should Use in Every Mix


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.

  1. Cut the kick between 300 – 400 Hz.
  2. Use the gain reduction meter of your compressor to time the snare to the rhythm of the song.
  3. Route the overheads to a separate group and compress the hell out of them.
  4. For a livelier bass guitar sound that was recorded DI’d, use an amp simulator for the speaker effect.
  5. Add synth bass underneath your bass guitar for a thick bass effect.
  6. Filter the guitar until it starts to sound weak, but never less than 100 Hz.
  7. Use mono reverbs and pan them to the opposite side of the stereo field.
  8. Use 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.
  9. For easy “automation” effects, just copy the phrase you want to manipulate to another track.
  10. If cutting a nasal sounding vocalist at 1 kHz doesn’t work, mask the sound by boosting at 2 – 3 kHz.
  11. Use an exciter on vocals as a last resort for dull-sounding vocal sounds.
  12. 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.

www.audioissues.com/duelingmixes


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About Björgvin Benediktsson

I’m Björgvin Benediktsson. I’m a musician, audio engineer and best-selling author. I help musicians and producers make a greater impact with their music by teaching them how to produce and engineer themselves. I’ve taught thousands of up and coming home studio producers such as yourself how to make an impact with their music through Audio Issues since 2011.

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  • Kaneda

    muchas gracias!

  • Kaneda

    muchas gracias!

  • Hi Björgvin,

    Great article.

    Although the mixing process is different for every track, the points you mentioned could definitely be applied across the board. I would also suggest writing an article on mixing theory and the “soundstage” as these theories could also be applied regardless of the track being mixed.

    We run an online mastering service called Phat Mastering and we often receive tracks that are mixed horribly. We obviously need to return these to artist and consult them on cleaning up the mix as mastering a badly mixed track results in a mess.

    Feel free to reach out!

  • Hi Björgvin,

    Great article.

    Although the mixing process is different for every track, the points you mentioned could definitely be applied across the board. I would also suggest writing an article on mixing theory and the “soundstage” as these theories could also be applied regardless of the track being mixed.

    We run an online mastering service called Phat Mastering and we often receive tracks that are mixed horribly. We obviously need to return these to artist and consult them on cleaning up the mix as mastering a badly mixed track results in a mess.

    Feel free to reach out!

  • Eluwole Gbenga

    Permit me to say you are a blessing to this generation

    • Björgvin Benediktsson

      You are too kind!

  • Eluwole Gbenga

    Permit me to say you are a blessing to this generation

    • Björgvin Benediktsson

      You are too kind!