When is a mix finished?
A lot of people struggle to answer this question.
For me, the answer is simple.
I use the same “system” every time I mix…
So I know a mix is finished when I get to the final step.
And because I use the same “system” for every mix, I know every track will sound professional.
I don’t say this to gloat...
It took me years of hard work to get to the point where I could consistently put out radio-quality mixes.
But I want to prove to you that you can get to this point in much less time than it took me….
If you have a vital ingredient that I was missing.
Fifteen years ago, when I first started mixing, I can remember feeling so overwhelmed with the entire mixing process.
I had no idea where to start… let alone what order to do things.
It wasn’t long before I had a load of tips and tricks that I had picked up all over the place…
But I had no idea how it all came together to form a finished mix. Or when I should use specific techniques over others.
So I would just do what I thought I should do - instead of doing what the track actually needed.
Basically, I sucked.
But it was okay. I was still learning.
Looking back now, I can see what mistakes I was making:
Mistake #1: I had no workflow, so every mix was different
Mistake #2: I didn’t know when a mix was “finished” so I had loads of unfinished tracks
Mistake #3: I didn’t even know what the goal of the mixing process was... so my mixes were rarely an improvement on the original recording
And even back then…
I could sense that I was missing something.
So I tried reading books. I tried reading magazines. I tried everything!
But nothing really helped.
And then, out of the blue, I found what I was looking for.
I originally got into audio engineering because I wanted to record my band at the time.
It didn’t work out at first…
A few years went by, and our tracks still sounded like amateur bedroom demos. So we decided to go to a proper studio to record an EP.
And that’s when everything changed.
We went to the studio every day for a week.
I was so young that my dad had to drive us there. That wasn’t very rock and roll! But we dealt with it.
Every day, we’d walk into that studio…
And I’d get to see a professional at work.
I got to see the entire process from start to finish. And that’s when I realized that I was doing everything wrong.
Not everything. But most of it.
The tips and tricks I’d picked up over the years were still helpful. I even saw the engineer using some of them.
But most of what he was doing was pretty basic.
I got to see him volume balance our recordings. Turns out, I was doing that all wrong.
Then I got to see him apply EQ. I was doing that wrong, too.
...and this continued for the rest of the mixing process.
Before, I couldn’t see how everything came together.
But after seeing the process from start to finish, it all started to fall into place.
Ultimately, this set me on the path to where I am now.
After that week in the studio, I knew how to navigate the entire recording process. So when we went back to our home studio, I knew what to do.
The recording stuff was pretty obvious. I was kinda doing that right anyway.
But mixing? That’s where I got the most clarity.
Watching somebody mix from scratch had a profound impact on my confidence as an engineer.
I no longer felt overwhelmed by the mixing process.
Instead, I knew it would just be a case of time and practice until my own mixes started to improve.
And I was right.
We never went back to that studio. In fact, I never stepped foot into another studio with that band.
Because after that week in the studio, my mixes improved really fast. So we went back to recording everything ourselves.
It wasn’t long until our “bedroom demos” started to sound more professional.
Sure, I probably would have figured everything out on my own eventually…
But seeing a pro at work must have saved me years of trial and error.
Fast forward a decade, and now I teach other musicians how to make professional quality music at home.
And do you know what’s funny?
I speak to musicians every single day who are struggling with the mixing process - and they’re suffering from the exact same problems that I had.
They feel overwhelmed by the mixing process. They don’t know where to start or what order to do things. They have tips and tricks but no understanding of how it all comes together.
Of course, it’s not their fault.
At the end of the day...
Mixing is complex.
But here’s the funny part:
When I ask these people, “Have you ever seen somebody do a full mix?”
They usually say, “NO.”
And they wonder why they’re feeling overwhelmed!
That’s kinda like attempting to build a car for the first time without any outside help.
Maybe you know what the individual parts do. You know how an engine works.
But how does the engine connect to the gearbox? And the wheels? How does it all come together to create the final result - a car that moves?
You need more than knowledge of the individual parts. You need to see how they all come together and interact.
Mixing is even harder than building a car in some ways because there is no clear endpoint. At least you know when a car is finished.
Now, why am I telling you all of this?
After all, this isn’t about me. It’s about you.
I want you to have the same breakthrough that I did.
Mixing is inherently complex.
But there’s more.
Nowadays, I think YouTube is partially to blame...
Most YouTube videos are only 10-30 minutes long. So you only get a small glimpse into one part of the mixing process.
You end up with all these tidbits of information...
But no big-picture understanding of how everything comes together to form a whole.
And there are tons of tutorials on the technical aspects of mixing, but there is practically nothing about workflow.
So you end up feeling overwhelmed by the hundreds of thousands of videos that don’t seem to make mixing any clearer.
The solution to this problem is simple:
You need to watch somebody do a mix from scratch.
And this Black Friday, I have an easy, fast, and affordable way for you to do exactly that.
Every month as part of our membership program, I stream a full mix live. Occasionally I bring in a guest engineer.
These live mix walkthroughs are called Studio Sessions.
Before, you had to be a member to get access to these recordings. But now I have decided to open up this vault of mix walkthroughs to the public.
And this way, you get to keep the recordings for life. Typically, you can only “rent” these videos by subscribing to our membership program.
You can also download the multitracks to practice mixing these tracks yourself.
Here are all the mixes you will get access to...
You need to have a basic understanding of mixing for this to be helpful.
If you don’t know what an EQ or compressor is, this isn't for you.
And if you don’t have a basic understanding of how a DAW works, it might be tricky to follow along.
However, we’re going to include a 60-day “no questions asked” refund policy with this offer.
So, give it a try, and if you struggle…
We’ll give you your money back, AND we’ll let you keep the recordings, so you can come back to them in the future when you’re ready.
Now, you might also be wondering…
I searched, but I couldn’t find anything. At least, not a FULL mix, which would usually take several hours.
But maybe there are full mixes on YouTube that I don’t know about.
Either way, there is an extra element here that you need to get right…
It’s a lot more beneficial to watch somebody mix a track that’s similar to your genre.
If your music is rock, and you watch somebody mix an electronic track…
Sure, it will still be super helpful.
But it’s even more helpful to watch somebody mix a ROCK track.
That’s why I want to give you access to our entire archive of mix walkthroughs. That way, you can pick the one that is most similar to your style of music.
Besides, I don’t do full mixes on YouTube. So if you like the way I mix, and the way I teach, the only place you can watch me do a full mix is inside these Studio Sessions.
Sure, some of the mixes take around 8 hours.
But not all of them are that long.
One of the mixes in the Studio Sessions archive is only an hour long.
Others are 4 hours.
But don’t forget:
These are recordings, so you don’t have to watch the whole thing in one sitting.
You can chip away at it whenever you want. A couple of hours here and there will do it.
Of course, once you’ve watched one mix, you might want to watch more (and I highly encourage you to do so)...
But you don’t have to. Just watching one mix is enough to get the main benefits of seeing a pro at work.
And the benefit of getting access to 9 different mixes is that you can pick the one that is most relevant to you.
I completely understand why you would want to see a mix that is exactly the same style and done in the same DAW that you have.
However, that would mean hundreds of mixes on our end to cover every possible combination.
And that would be unnecessary.
Yes, it’s beneficial to watch somebody mix the same genre as you (like I just said). And that’s why we try to cover as many genres as possible.
But it doesn’t need to be exactly the same genre.
For example, if your music is a strange sub-branch of rock music that we don’t cover…
Any rock mix will have the same core ingredients - distorted guitars, a lead vocal, a drum kit, a bass guitar, etc. And we have that.
Or if you make electronic music, we have an entirely electronic mix that only consists of synths and samples.
Sure, if you do drum and bass, it’s not exactly the same...
But it’s close enough that the way you approach the mix will be the same.
As for your DAW, I use a lot of third party plugins anyway. And I rarely apply any processing that can only be done with a specific plugin or particular DAW.
I mix in Logic because it’s easy to see what’s happening on screen. It’s a visually simple DAW. So it’s easy to follow along.
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