Do you mix with headphones? Should you mix with headphones?
To be honest, I avoid mixing in headphones, I just prefer to mix on studio monitors but I know that some people have no choice but to mix with headphones.
I use headphones as another “mix checker” and as a way to hear the finer details of a mix or any clicks or hums that I need to sort out before I can call a mix finished.
I would hazard a guess and say that headphones are probably how most people listen to music today, so it makes sense to check how your mix sounds on a typical “consumer” pair of headphones and a good set of studio headphones.
Mix checks aside, what about when you have to do the whole mix with headphones?
Well, it can be done, and done very well once you know the pitfalls and how to get around them.
In this video, I go over the different types of studio headphones and which type is best for mixing, then, I give you my best tips for getting the best results possible when...
To get better at mixing it makes sense to practice.
Building in time for intentional practice will see our mixing skills come on in leaps and bounds.
Even just 15 mins of “intentional” practice can help take us from average to great quicker than just aimlessly noodling around for a couple of hours.
So what do I mean when I say “intentional practice”?
Well, by recognising and committing to practising in our weakest areas, we are focused on exactly where we need to improve and can target those areas by repeatedly going over and over our chosen weak spot until we get the result we are after.
Practising at the peak of our ability and then adding a new task that is just outside our skill level and repeating it is the best way to structure your intentional practice sessions. By doing this, that 15 or 30 min practise session really accelerates our skillset as a mixer or musician.
So YAY! for practice, now, you just need some multitrack files to practice...
I get asked regularly to critique peoples mixes and I love doing so because it gives me an excuse to listen to more music and talk to other people with a similar interest and, I hope, actually help them.
What it has also given me is a little insight as to some of the more common mixing mistakes home studio musicians and music producers make when they mix music at home.
Aside from the acoustic issues created by our small home studio mixing spaces, there tend to be some other mixing problems that are down to lack of experience or knowledge, where great gains can be made by some simple, small changes in workflow or approach.
In this video, I go over the common problems that I see over and over again and I offer advice that will help fix these issues and have you mixing faster and with more confidence.
Looking for ways to clean up a muddy mix? Clarity and separation are crucial when trying to create a professional-sounding mix and many people overcomplicate the process or think that there is some secret pro tip that they have yet to find but really, once you've set your basic levels and the panning, it comes down to just 3 things;
Room acoustics and monitoring
Today, in this video, I'm going to walk you through one easy EQ method that will clean up your lower-mid frequencies, cleaning up your troubling muddy low end, PLUS it can be used to sort out any clashing frequencies and nasty resonances that have no place in your mix and will instantly create more clarity and definition in your tracks!
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Fabfilter Pro Q3 plugin: https://www.fabfilter.com/products/pro-q-3-equalizer-plug-in
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EQ (short for equalization) is one of the main tools you will use on a daily basis to craft sounds and fix sonic problems within the frequency spectrum in order to produce a mix that has a balanced frequency response and sounds like the records you hear on the radio or streaming platforms.
The good news is that despite all the geeky terminology around EQ, they are easy to use and to learn and in this blog post, I want to give you the very basics of an EQ plugin, describe the parameters that you’ll see on almost every EQ plugin and then the basic way to use EQ, so you can start using one and start crafting better mixes today.
Every sound sits within the frequency range of human hearing which is between 20Hz and 20kHz.
Every instrument has a fundamental frequency but also has higher overtones and harmonics that give its character or timbre.
Using EQ, we can change this character...