Mixing Tips

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  • Think "Tall, deep, and wide." Tall: Frequency range, Deep: Effects and ambience, Wide: Panning.
  • Get a good balance between instruments. How should they relate to each other?
  • Mix at low volume. Easier to get good balance.
  • Make it interesting. Highlight the most important parts.
  • Control the dynamics through compression.
  • Give each element its own frequency range.
  • Check your mix in mono. Fix sounds that disappear. Also useful for finding the ideal pan of an instrument.
  • EQ: Try cutting frequencies first. Adding frequencies can cause unwanted phase shift.
  • If it sounds muddy, cut 250Hz.
  • If it sounds honky, cut 500Hz.
  • Cut frequencies to make it sound better and boost to make it sound different.
  • To highlight effects, brighten them. To blend effects, darken them.
  • Adjust compression to groove with the track.
  • Adjust speaker position and acoustically treat your room.
  • Listen to your mix from outside the room, in a car, on different speakers, etc.

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