We’re back with another important topic. This time we are looking at the mixing and mastering stage of your track.
You’ve probably experienced this yourself, you’re working your ass off to make your track sound as good as it can.
You’re happy with the result, you think everything sits together nicely and sounds powerful.
Next step. You check it on another pair of speakers or even in your car. And guess what?
But what happened? Everything sounded great in your studio, even compared to other professional tracks. What is actually going on here?
There are a LOT of things that could have gone wrong in the process and it might not even be your fault at this point. The difficulties with mixing and mastering start with your environment.
What speakers do you use? Are you aware of the frequency response they have?
Is your room treated correctly? Does your room have specific frequency problem areas?
Let’s picture the following..
For example, your listening position is peaking at 150hz. Therefore it seems like there is a lot of 150hz in your track. But guess what? It just sounds like it to you. This will result in a mix that lacks exactly 150hz because your ears have tricked you.
Many factors like this can compound to result in a poor mix simply because of your room. And we haven’t even talked about your mixing and mastering skills yet.
Which leads us to the next point. Have you trained your ears to hear specific frequencies and problems in your mixdown?
It’s like training a free kick.
Ronaldo and Messi aren’t the best at it because they are gifted. They have spent almost their whole lives playing and practicing. That is why they are the best at what they do. It is exactly the same for mixing skills and ear training.
A professional who has mixed or mastered for years or even decades simply hears more accurately than you do. They have the knowledge, the equipment, the treated room. Basically everything it takes to create a competitive track.
Of course, most professionals work with a budget. What if you don’t have any money to spend on a mixdown? If you have followed me for a while and watched my other videos you’ll probably know what’s coming next.
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Outsourcing the mixing and mastering process has other advantages as well. You can focus on creating the track because you know there’s someone else in the process who can address problems, or guide you in fixing them.
Even if you still end up mixing your own projects, try splitting the writing process from the mixing process. Basically, have fun making music and just let the flow lead you. Once you have a track you can work on making it sound as good as it can.
This separation might feel weird at first, but it can be a game changer for your music creation. You’ll end up finishing more projects because you won’t get tired of the idea, and don’t get stuck on problems that can easily be fixed later.
As always, making music is a personal experience and this technique might not suit everyone. If you want to mix and master your own music check out the ear training resources linked below. These resources will also help with writing better melodies and chord progressions. Try them out and let me know how it worked out for you in the comments!
I’m looking forward to hearing your story.
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This guide is helpful to you when:
- You don’t know where to start
- You want tips and tricks to finish your tracks
- You don’t know how to get your music signed
- You want to know more about music marketing
- You want to know more about the music industry