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Friday, April 19, 2019

#Musicproduction: Avoid These Mixing Mistakes

Ever seem like you just aren't moving fast enough? You're alone. Let's start by referring to what NOT to do. These 3 mistakes caused me many years of frustration and wasted many hundreds of hours of my time.

Mistake #1 - I consumed the wrong information

Early on, I watched every mixing tutorial I can find. Someone said many articles a week. But the harder I consumed, the harder overwhelming mixing became. I began overthinking everything, second-guessing myself, and feeling frustrated and confused.
Down the line, I realized a lot of what I'd “learned” was getting while in the way. I ended mindlessly consuming information and started more and more selective. I looked for key principles, concepts, and techniques and ignored the rest. And my mixes took an immense leap forward. 90% of the mixing “advice” online is noise. A priority would be to determine what to ignore. The following tips can help:
  • Avoid content that concentrates on tips, tricks, and tactics over principles, concepts and techniques
  • Avoid content that notifys you where to start without indicating why should you do it
  • Avoid content that speaks in absolutes (never do this or always do this)
  • Before anyone's advice, listen for their mixes (you will get mine here)

Mistake #2 - I spent too much time learning and not enough time mixing

When I started mixing, my days looks like this:
95% YouTube, 5% mixing . Not strange I wasn't coming to a progress.
Sure, data is useful. Only if it is applied. I had to spend a couple of years to uncover the right balance between discovering mixing as well as doing it. To me, this meant learning less and mixing more. What about you?

Mistake #3 - I tried to do it on my own

Early on, I'd lock myself in my home studio and toil away for hours. I rarely shared my mixes with other people or asked for advice. And rather then collaborating, I did so everything myself. I had been actually like to show off this. I think I had been a self-made “success.”
Down the line, I had been lucky enough to attend audio school at NYU's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. This is when I realized what I'd missed. Suddenly I had been encompassed by mixers that were additional talented than me. I quickly realized how much I were required to learn. I began communicating with them, getting feedback, and collaborating. And my progress took off.

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