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Using Reference Tracks For Mixing (So your mixes sound great everywhere!)

mixing reference tracks Feb 28, 2020

Using reference tracks can be an incredibly useful way of checking your mix for mistakes before you call it done.


Nothing is worse than after spending hours on a mix, pondering over every move and finally having it sound great in your studio, to then hear it on a different system and it sounds horrible.


We’ve all been there and felt the frustration that goes along with it, so how can we ensure our mixes will sound great, everywhere?


Far from using references to “copy” ideas or constrain our creativity, references are used to check a few basic areas of a mix for consistency and prevent making simple mistakes.


It’s true to say that with experience there will come a time when needing to check reference tracks becomes less and less necessary, particularly as your experience and confidence grows and I see no harm - no matter what mixing level you’re at - taking a couple of minutes at the end of a mix to carry out a quick...

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