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How to start mixing (Part 1)–Volume faders - Panning


So, you are done with your recordings and it’s time to start mixing your song. And you sit back watching all these tracks to your mixer and you don’t know where to start from right? It’s ok. It’s absolutely normal to feel stuck and having no idea what to do. You hear so many options and tips on mixing, how to start, what to do first of all, which tracks are your main roles in the mix of your song etc. and still, you do nothing because you think that if you do a wrong move ,you may destroy your whole mix. No, it isn’t like that at all.

The first thing we have to do is when it comes to start mixing is a simple move. So simple that you will hardly believe how crucial that is for the whole process. You start with a very simple but so powerful tool we have but we don’t give so much attention. The volume fader! Did I surprise you? Many of you might say “Oh come on are you kidding me?” No, this is what we have to do first. We have to move the volume faders. Mixing is all about balance. We’ve got to achieve the best balance for our mix and this balance starts with the right volume levels of each track. So the first step is to sit back, press the play button and listen. Listen what is louder than the other instruments and you have to make some decisions about the level of each track and you move the volume faders just to have the right levels and the balance you are looking for!

You have to stay focus on this procedure because the tracks are usually recorded too loud and remember that you’ve got to give more headroom in your mix ,by watching your mix buss,or master fader (output).

You don’t want to see this red indicator on your mix buss that tells you “ Hey my friend, you are clipping!” If you are clipping, it means that you are over 0db or even close to 0db and that’s a problem! You have to give more headroom to your mix so the first you have to do is grab a fader and pull it down. Don’t be afraid! Trust your instinct! The way you hear your music is unique! Try to bring balance with only these moves.

Remember what I told you in a previous post. You’ve got to have fun in your home studio! And this is supposed to be fun! Don’t be so stressed. Give time to yourself to listen over and over the song and after that you can make some decisions and grab some volume faders.As I told you earlier! The first impression , the first moves of your mix are usually right! You start with these simple moves without thinking plug ins, automation , peaks , limiting ,and other sorts of stuff.