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.
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.