Some Mixing Tips

Believe it on not, I'm not the authority on mixing but I can give out a few things that I have learned.

1) When you think that you have that "perfect mix" leave all of the pans and sliders alone and go back and take a listen the next day. This is because of "ear fatigue". Your ears will get deaf to the "highs" and "lows" after hours of mixing. You will also loose some objectivity. When you listen to the mix the next day you will most definitely get a different perspective.

2) Listen to the mix at "low volume". If you can still hear all of the instruments clearly and your vocals are clear then this is a good indicator. A mix will sound better than it really is when the volume is louder.

3) At the same time you may need to hear a "loud mix" to listen for noise such as "alias noise" or "hiss".

4) Graphic Equalization is the thing that will add "sparkle" to your mix and parametric equalization will add "definition" to the mix. In other words with a parametric EQ, you will be able to make the bass, for instance, clear and distinctive as opposed to "muddy"

5) I like to listen to my mix on many different stereos and yes even in MONO. (listening in mono will expose possible cancellation due to reverbs that may happen if your music should get AM radio airplay. A good mix will sound good on everything. The Roland Studio Pack has built in speaker modelling.

Hope this helps!

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