I’m going to share with you 3 common mistakes when mixing that I hear people doing, and things that I’ve learned over the years that I think are important. Obviously there are lots of things to know when you mix and are always exceptions, but I’m just going to share a few things I think are Important.
1. Always Cut Rather Than Boost in EQ.
Now, there is always exceptions to everything. But, generally I like to cut rather than boost. The reason why is because I noticed that it can really make your tracks sound unnatural if you’re always boosting. The exception to this rule that I make is that on a kick drum, I usually like to boost in the high frequencies around 10kHz to give it that “click” sound.
2. Don’t Overuse the Compressor.
Compressors are great tools, but if you over use this, it can kill your mix. My general rule of thumb is that less is more. I always start with a fast attack and a quick release and then adjust from there. Once you find that sweet spot, that’s when I bring up the volume. Always make sure you’re relying on your ears, it’s really easy to want to over-compress your tracks.
3. Mix at a Low Volume.
After I’ve finished tracking everything out, I like to keep the monitors at a low volume and switch from my headphones to the monitors to get different perspectives . If you have the volume up too much, sometimes your ears can be deceived and you may miss things that need adjustments if it’s too loud. Mixing at a low volume helps you with hearing the whole mix and things that you need to adjust. Your ears get tired after listening to tracks at a high volume for too long and will effect your mixing. Try this and I promise that when you DO listen at a high volume, that your mix sounds great.