Practice Mixing Better...
Updated: Apr 28, 2020
If you have ever wondered how to practice better at mixing then I hope you learn something from this post.
Before practice make sure you remove all distractions such as your cell phone, tv, or clingy girlfriends. These can make your mixing practice unfocused or frustrating.
1. Daily Focused Practice
Set aside time every day for at minimum 1 hour a day of FOCUSED practice. This means that your session is set up and ready to go and you get one full hour of actual mixing done a day. The focused part of it meaning you are actively trying to improve some sort of skill. Are you struggling to work with drums? Pick a song and focus completely on drums, but take it one step further... only use gating or only use compression or EQ.
2. Practice individual tools
Focus completely on "How can I get this mix to sound the best as possible with ONLY being limited to the stock equalizer." Try this for an hour using the Equalizer then move on to your other plugins one at a time. Using this tactic you will learn each plugin that you use inside and out. You may have to get creative to get the best results.
3. Time yourself
When mixing a full project make sure you are timing your session and giving yourself a reachable deadline. Timing yourself can be a huge life changer. Many of us feel and act more productive when there is a clock running. Through each phase of mixing you can give yourself a time limit to get through for example if you are going to equalize everything in the session and you want to complete that in 2 hours. Start out giving yourself 8-10 hours to be completely finished with your mix and then listen to it the next day for 20 minute quick fixes.
Eventually, you will develop a workflow and become better and faster.
4. Develop Your Workflow
Developing your workflow is just as important as learning the rest of mixing. The more efficient you are at mixing a song the more projects you can work on and the more money you can charge or make per hour. Everyone has a different workflow, but it takes consistency and practice to develop it. Spend some time and figure out what you should do and where you can improve or do things faster.
5. Try New Things
Take the time in your practice to try new and creative things that you normally wouldn't do on a deadline. Try doing things everyone tells you not to do. Experiment for yourself don't just take other people's word for it. Creative practice is just as important as any regular practice in mixing.
6. Can't think of what to practice?
Chances are you don't know every single plugin in your inventory like the back of your hand. For most of us, that inventory will keep on growing just like our knowledge of mixing.
So if you run out of things to do look into a plugin you have that you don't understand or don't have a mastery of and master it.
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