Tha Mix Stage

Mixing is an art in and of itself. A good mixer will be able to grab your music and amplify every aspect so that it sounds clear, present and with depth. It is like putting your music through a microscope: all good things will be visible in great detail, but so will bad things. So, before diving into this section, make sure your recordings are as good as they can be.

My first advice is this: if you can pay a good engineer to mix your music, do it. It will be better than what you can achieve with little or no experience. If you can't afford one or the one you can afford is really not that great, then save it, be patient and learn the craft.

Lesson Plan

These lessons will guide you through the basic process of mixing a regular record, if you're doing something too big like orchestra, big band, brass funk ensemble, etc., my coverage will fall short. Nevertheless having all this knowledge will help you whether you're mixing it yourself or if you hired a pro mixer to do your music.

Preparation

  1. Overview

  2. Files Preparation

Do it yourself

  1. Equipment

  2. Groups

  3. Aux Channels

  4. Setting General Effects

  5. Drums

  6. Bass

  7. Guitars

  8. Keyboards / Synths / Pianos

  9. Vocals

  10. Basic Mix

  11. A / B Testing

  12. Balancing the Mix

  13. Bouncing

  14. Mastering Tracks

  15. Creating a Digital Master

Working with a mixer

  1. Sending the Files

  2. Terminology

  3. Feedback

  4. References

  5. Wrapping up