Monday, August 09, 2004

Being one with the MIx

This weekend was a weekend of mixing. Or at least learning how. Now that we've finished tracking for 2 of the 3 songs we are currently demoing I decided to invest a little time in the mixing process to see what I could come away with.

After 2 1/2 hours Saturday night I thought I had a rough mix that could use a little work but was a good start. Not being familiar with the monitors at the studio I ended up creating the deadest, dullest mix one could imagine. I listened to the track on several different stereos including my home system with my reference quality NHT speakers. I took quite a few notes on what needed to change and headed back to the studio.

But first a quick trip to Guitar Center to see what books they had that might be able to help. I ran into Ryan, who has helped me quite a bit this past year with my DW drums, and he recommeded I speak to Skip in pro audio. We chatted for a bit, and the guy had some great experience working in the original Capricorn studios and seeing members of the Allman Brothers pass through. He helped me pick several books and then I was back to the studio.

I spent about an hour flipping through the books reading what I could and then thought lets give this a quick run and see what I come up with. Once I again I learned that nothing about mixing is quick. I spent another 3 hours or so and ended up getting 2 mixes that sound fairly nice. I'm also getting to where one mix sounds better in the car and the other at home. I've got a few more tweaks to make but will have a demo mix I'm proud of after the next session.

If anyone in wants to give some tips on mixing please send me an email

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