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The best way for beginners to start producing acceptable mixes is not to focus on what they should be doing but to simply avoid what they shouldn't be doing. If you can make it past the handful of mixing mistakes most newbies make, you're no longer a newbie. And we can get you there in […]
The number one thing that screams "amateur recording" to even the most casual music listener is popping in a CD or loading up some MP3's and having to crank up the volume twice or even three times as far as commercial music. Then when they forget to turn it back down and destroy their subwoofers […]
There are three main aspects when it comes to setting up a listening room properly. Those are: The position of your speaker monitors in the room The position of your head in the room The acoustic environment of the room itself We will only lightly cover the third aspect concerning acoustic treatment since we've explored it […]
When it comes to turning off your listeners, I don't know what's worse: having an anemic, powerless low-end or having a muddy, overpowering mess with no clarity. Unfortunately, these are two of the most common problems with amateur mixes. These two scenarios and could doom the reception of the best song ever written before it […]
While it's indisputable that countless top quality songs have been produced while mixing with headphones, there are many issues to be overcome that can simply be avoided by mixing, or at least referencing, with monitors. Properly balancing the stereo field can be extremely difficult in the full-immersion of earphones versus the natural ambience of an acoustically treated studio […]
With skillful mixing, a horribly recorded song can be made reasonably listenable. A terribly written tune can be polished into a less embarrassing effort. A run-of-the-mill song can be coaxed into greatness by the ears of an experienced mixer. And most importantly, a fantastic song, when refined by the masterful precision of elite mixer, can become […]