Mixing Engineer’s Cheet Sheet
- Think “Tall, deep, and wide.” Tall: Frequency range, Deep: Effects and ambience, Wide: Panning.
- Get a good balance between instruments. How should they relate to each other?
- Mix at low volume. Easier to get good balance.
- Make it interesting. Highlight the most important parts.
- Control the dynamics through compression.
- Give each element its own frequency range.
- Check your mix in mono. Fix sounds that disappear. Also useful for finding the ideal pan of an instrument.
- EQ: Try cutting frequencies first. Adding frequencies can cause unwanted phase shift.
- If it sounds muddy, cut 250Hz.
- If it sounds honky, cut 500Hz.
- Cut frequencies to make it sound better and boost to make it sound different.
- To highlight effects, brighten them. To blend effects, darken them.
- Adjust compression to groove with the track.
- Adjust speaker position and acoustically treat your room.
- Listen to your mix from outside the room, in a car, on different speakers, etc.
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