Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by CMajorMusic, Jan 10, 2004.

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  1. CMajorMusic

    CMajorMusic Guest

    I wanted to know what were some basic tips to start mixing. Why and where by how many degrees to pan certain instruments. What EQ should do and be mainly used for and when is it really neccissary. I'm sure the best way to learn all this is experience and an internship at a professional studio wouldnt hurt, but I was hoping you guys could give me some starting points. I'm mostly mixing music created on electronic instruments.

    Thank You
  2. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    There are no rules, and your right about getting experience. You get experience by doing. So just go and do it. Learn to think for yourself and resist the temptation to take shortcuts or the easy path. Only you can decide what you mix should sound like. Try everything and every option you have to mix levels and pan instruments. Commit and save that mix to a file, cassette, DAT, CD-R, whatever. Make dozens of these different mixes and make notes on what you did. Then listen to them over and over and make notes again on what you like and don't about each one. Go back and mix again. Repeat until you either get exactly what you want or are as close as you think you will ever get, then come back after a period of time, say a week, month or more and then try to mix it again and see if get any closer. This is how you gain experience.

    Take it in small steps. Don't worry about eq or effects until after you think you've mastered the basics of working with levels and pan. Start with mixing only the levels and no pan, mix everything in mono. Don't worry about pan or stereo until after you have graduated mono. Keep in mind that this is an on-going learning process that is going to take many weeks, many months and many years to accomplish.
  3. CMajorMusic

    CMajorMusic Guest

    thank you audio gaff, I knew the best way was by experience but you giving me a couple ways to get better really helped. I appreciate it.
  4. tripnek

    tripnek Active Member

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  5. Clueless

    Clueless Guest

    I have found my iPod to be the most wonderful device for carrying around all the mixes I care to listen to, and to play them in all sorts of environments, all times of the day, etc. It's helping me learn to mix (and monitor)!
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