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What should I do in each mix

When I first started in my own home studio, I thought everything would be very easy because I had no idea about the mix. What I wanted was to record my demos in my own space.


But when I started mixing later, many things seemed complicated and difficult to me. One of the problems I had was that I did not have a steady flow in my mixing, but also in the whole production of a demo.


So in this Post I wanted to talk to you about some steps you need to take in each mix. So today you will learn some basic procedural points that you should not miss when mixing.

  • Before you start a mix

  • How to start a mix

  • What you need to have ready to save time

  • Mixing with headphones: Yes or no?

  • Do you have to take breaks?


I will answer these basic questions because I know you have the same concerns.


Before you start a mix.


  • The first basic thing to do before you start mixing is to listen to the song. Yes, very well.


  • You sit in front of your speakers or headphones, pick up a notebook and pencil and listen to the song.


  • You may need to listen to the song two or three times, maybe even more until you make sure you have written down everything that needs to be corrected.

How to start a mix


You start with the well-known static mix. It all starts with balance. Besides, I have said it many times and I will keep saying it, that mixing is a science and its purpose is the perfect balance between the channels.


Static mixing is for me one of the most basic stages of mixing. I have a relevant blog post and you can read it here. There is also a relevant video


Take at least 20 minutes to balance the tracks. It depends always on how many channels you have. You may have songs with fewer channels and either with more.



What you need to have ready


It may seem unnecessary and that what I will tell you below has nothing to do with mixing, but believe me, they have!


Basic, to prepare your space from any distraction! Turn off your cell phone, turn off all alerts so you can get better results. What do I mean?


They are basic rules of productivity and you should be focused on what you do for as long as you do it. Even if you have 20 minutes at your disposal, then you will be able to achieve much more if you had 2 hours at your disposal, but also a lot that will distract.


First of all, it would be good to have your own mix template, in which you will have ready all the plugins that you use in almost every mix.

Mixing with headphones?


Why not? This is nolonger right, that if you do not have a good pair of speakers you can not achieve a good mix. Yes, you can mix with headphones.


Besides, sometimes it is necessary to mix with your headphones, since you do not have space problems. With the headphones, frequency problems due to your space and others are eliminated.


I have more details for you here, regarding mixing with headphones.



Do you have to take breaks?


They are necessary. Whether you mix with speakers or headphones, breaks are required. Only then can you be more efficient.


After a while, your ears "get tired" and you can not distinguish, perhaps, some frequent problems.


It would be good to put a timer and every hour, you should take a short break. Drink some coffee, blow a toast, go out and take your gaze away from the set to rest your eyes.


If you know the Pomodoro technique, then you can set a timer for 25 minutes and then take a 5-minute break.


So in today's post we learned some basic things to do before and during a mix to get better results.

  • I listen to the song many times and take notes.

  • I start with the static mixing, which I try to balance the channels only with the faders.

  • I prepare my space but also a mix template to use in each mixing.

  • I mix with headphones.

  • I take frequent breaks.


These and many more will be present in the new online course that will be ready in September, but also in the Member's Club every month we do different projects related to recording, mixing and generally the production of a song. I will be glad to see you!










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