The sixth sense of mixing nobody told you about…
As you’re undoubtedly familiar with, we humans have five senses.
But there’s one sense we sometimes forgot.
It’s the sense that my favorite cookbook author, Samin Nosrat points out to us aspiring chefs in her cookbook, Salt Fat Acid Heat.
When we cook, we use our senses. Wolfgang Puck says that we eat with our eyes first, and that’s one of the reasons plating is so important. We use our sense of touch to feel the food when we’re preparing it. Then we use our sense of smell and taste to decide whether the food is flavorful enough, and our sense of sight and sound to gauge the crackling of the oil on the pan, to know whether the bread is just the right shade of golden, or whether the steak has just the right sear.
But your senses are useless if you don’t use common sense to tell whether anything you’re doing is right.
Common sense comes from practice. From repetition. From gained experience. A novice chef who doesn’t know the first thing about cooking has all of the five senses everyone else has, except they lack the crucial common sense needed to make a good meal.
Unsurprisingly, you can say something similar about mixing.
- You use volume and panning to create a rough static mix
- You use EQ to create separation between your instruments
- You use compression to add punch and tightness to your tracks
- You use reverb and delay to create space and depth which makes your song sound three-dimensional
- You add saturation throughout to add sweetening that makes your mixes sound more professional
But if you don’t have common sense while you use these five processors, you’ll still end up with an amateur mix.
You can have the best, most expensive plug-ins from all the cutting edge plug-in companies, but you still have to know how and when to use each plug-in.
You don’t always approach each song in exactly the same way. The order of the plug-ins can change. The need for a specific reverb or effect will vary from song to song.
Sometimes you don’t even need compression.
And if you don’t have common sense while using these plug-ins, you won’t find a workflow that works for you.
Luckily, the Mixing With 5 Plug-ins course has all the common sense I’ve found from working in the audio industry since 2006. I wouldn’t go so far as to say I have a lot of common sense in other areas of my life, but when it comes to mixing, I’ve figured it out.
And it all boils down to 20% of the plug-ins you’ll find in your DAW. You don’t need a hundred premium plug-ins to make pro mixes. You just need good tracks, a common-sense workflow, and these five plug-ins:
I haven’t met a single professional mixing engineer that doesn’t use these processors on every mix.
And if you’d like to learn how to use them effectively, so that you can crank out quality mixes without buying more plug-ins, then Mixing With 5 Plug-ins is for you.
Here’s what a recent student had to say:
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