Tips for Mixing (for the D.I.Y. Rock Star)
(This post accompanies Gab & Jam 105 Tips for Mixing (for the D.I.Y. Rock Star)
This episode is a part of our Blog-vember 2019 trifecta of three posts a day—a video, a podcast, and a blog post. This year the focus is tips for the D.I.Y. Rock Star. We developed these methods through our own decades worth of experiences.
The BIG Take-Aways:
You guys can give US mixing tips! We really hate mixing, so…. The best advice we can give is to start with good, clean tracks. We solo tracks and if there is something crappy about it, we can fix it along the way.
We like to start off with good clean tracks, so that we can pull up a flat mix without a lot of EQ, because the way that I recorded it becomes the way it is. It took a lot of trial and error.
–We used to be folks that said we’d fix it in the mix, but now clean tracks are the secret sauce to a well-rounded finished mix. If you are using software, there is no reason to keep things that are not satisfactory.
You can use reference mixes to tweak your mix, but we don’t know what genres necessarily are the standards that we want to emulate, so we go with our internal artist monitor. If it feels right, then it is right. Even if something feels like it could be a, say, Prince sound, we may not want it sound like a Prince sound.
We like stuff that feels raw and alive, so if it sounds like it comes from the basement, we are happy. We want to keep our edginess. But we are also interested in remixes. If you are interested in doing remixes of our work, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We's like to know, what has been your favorite episode of our 2019 Blog-vember episode? We’ve had so many, so it would be nice to know what you liked most.