My Dirty Secret for Successful Mix Translation
I’ve got a mix confession to make.
Although my studio setup is pretty sweet, it’s not where I make the final call on mix translation.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got Focal monitors with a sub, a pair of Yamaha HS5s and a Behritone mix cube. So I’ve got plenty of speakers to choose from when I want to see how my mix translates.
But unfortunately, the best speakers to use while going through the mix translation process are the speakers that you listen to the most.
And unfortunately, the studio is not where I listen to songs most of the time. And more importantly, it’s not where the average consumer listens to music either.
When it comes to pure listening pleasure while doing something else, it’s not happening in the studio.
It’s happening in the kitchen or the living room.
And the speaker that’s slowly becoming an invaluable part of my mix translation routine is….unfortunately…my Amazon Echo.
If my mixes don’t compare to the random stuff I play while I’m cooking dinner, it’s back to the mixing board!
I would argue that because the Echo is made for the average music listener, you must make sure your mix sounds good on it. The same goes for your earbuds, your beach Block Rocker or even your iPhone speaker.
Because the frequency response of all these speakers is so different, you need to be extra aware of how your mix reacts to them. Some speakers will enhance the low-mids, making the entire mix muddy. Others will add undue harshness, detaching your vocals and guitars from the rest of the mix.
That’s when you need to know exactly which tracks to balance and what frequencies to tame for your MixFinalFINAL2FINALOHOPLEASEALEXA.wav
And to make your mix translation process smoother so you can finally finish those mixes and confidently release your records, there’s no better place to finally figure out frequencies work than with EQ Strategies – Your Ultimate Guide to EQ.
Fabian, a recent EQ student of mine, went through the course and he loved it.
He told me that he had learned to mix from an engineer that worked at a commercial studio who would show him some basics when he had time, but he never felt that he had a good handle on things.
When I asked him what he got out of EQ Strategies, he got right to the point:
“1. Better mixes 2. How to make room frequency wise for all instruments 3. More professional sounding mixes. I have read through once but, I will need to continue to read over and over until I have the strategies locked down in my brain! Lol!! Now, I have a methodical and efficient way of setting up my EQs per song which also help mixes come together faster!! I didn’t realize until now how important that is. I’ve always had issues getting keyboards to feel right in the mix. Using the approx. frequency, filtering and surgically equing out unwanted frequencies has gotten me closer to what I think the final should be!”
When asked what he would tell someone about EQ Strategies – Your Ultimate Guide to EQ if they had never heard about it before, he simply said:
“Get this info you won’t regret it!!”
Here’s where you go to get it: