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Does “If it sounds good, it is good” apply, even if you know you made a mistake?


As you may know, we’re talking about my first solo single this week. It’s called “Crazy For Me” and I produced it as an anniversary present for my wife.

Yesterday we talked about how I had to mix it almost exclusively on headphones because I was trying to keep the production a secret.

Today we’re going to talk about a huge mistake I made during the mixing process.

I didn’t even realize I made this mistake until I made the mix tutorial video for you guys.

By that point, it was too late. The song was already released and there was nothing I could do.

In my haste to get it finished before our anniversary, I overlooked a glaring routing mistake that made me craugh. Craugh isn’t a real word. It’s the combination of “cringe “and “laugh.” It’s exactly the sound I made when I realized my mistake, on camera, while shooting the mix tutorial for you.

Ugh…

However, it begs the question, is it really a mistake if it doesn’t make the mix worse?

I’m pretty proud of the song and the production in general. Even with a glaring routing mistake like that, I still like the mix. I added some rock processing to the drum sound to give it a punchier sound. I made sure the bass guitar sounded bright enough to cut through the mix while still sounding thick in the low-end. And I’m especially proud of the guitar re-amping and how I made one trumpet player sound like a whole horn section.

Overall, I like to believe I made a punchy and open-sounding mix. In fact, that’s what Howell Selburn said about it on Facebook yesterday:

If you’d like to download the multi-tracks to the song and take a stab at mixing them yourself or watch the entire tutorial video to see how I mixed every single instrument, check it all out here. 

Make sure you grab your stuff today. The multi-tracks and the mix tutorial will only be available until tomorrow, at which point I’ll be adding it to the exclusive mix vault for Mixing With 5 Plug-ins members.

Enjoy!


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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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