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I recently realized that I didn’t know the music mixing Music Production - Improve Your Sound - The rise in popularity of work-from-home studios has significantly impacted the music production landscape in recent years, driven by the increasing availability of tools and technology. This growth has led to the emergence of mobile recording rigs, making it possible to record full band performances anywhere. While one might anticipate a wealth of high-quality music,… techniques I thought I did, and when I first started music production, I learned the hard way. I searched for music production tips and music mixing online, but during this time I found many conflicting pieces of advice that left me more confused.

I am grateful I did learn in the end, though, as I always thought there was something I was missing. I was right about that, of course, but I was looking in the wrong place; I thought it was with my track composing skills, but the truth was I did know how to make music. Here are some music mixing tips to consider and help you when you’re mixing and recording music.

Write and record before doing any mixing – Before you start mixing, make sure the entire track is recorded (by you or someone else). This is the first rule for producing music. You cannot begin to mix a track before it is completed, as that would be like trying to decorate the interior of a house when the roof isn’t on yet. If you start to mix a track before it’s finished being composed, it may never be completed because when you’re composing, you need to focus on certain things, and when mixing, you focus on different things. These two conflicting priorities can pull you in opposite directions. If you are/have been doing this, there’s a good chance you might be trying to use effects to mask a poorly composed track or you need to learn and understand some basic music theory to pave a strong path forward. It’s worth mentioning that you might need some additional music production tips if you’re having these difficulties when you do have a completed track.

Always fix any issues with what has been recorded at the time of recording – If you are recording something or have been given a track from someone and you can hear that there’s a problem somewhere in the track, it’s crucial that this issue is rectified before entering the mixing process.

It’s essential to set strong and clear boundaries between recording and mixing. I would say this is one of the golden rules that sits high on the music production tips list. If you have just recorded a guitar piece and something isn’t sitting quite right, maybe a note clash or something falls out of time briefly, fix it immediately. Either find a note that doesn’t clash or re-record that particular bar around or between the rest that works. Don’t leave it until the mix.

Arrange your environment before you start – Before you sit down and begin to mix a track, it’s essential to have everything within arm’s reach and always have everything needed out and close at hand. This might not be the most helpful music mixing tip, but it’s important for focus. It’s not ideal if you have to keep getting up and going through cupboards looking for specific boxes or having to use something only to find that you don’t have the right cable or batteries.

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