Subgroups

This video explains how using subgroups (drum tracks, guitar or vocal tracks) for things like multi-tracked drums can give you more control over your mixing with minimal effort. He describes how we can bust or send a bunch of different tracks to one stereo fader or control the overall level or EQ in dynamics on a track in mixing.

Separate Mixing Sessions

How do you boost your music notes? Here are 31 really helpful mixing tips. Some of the tips are really useful which explain how to save your mixes for future use, have control over your mixes and how to modify the original notes.  The author also says a mixer should be open to feedbacks from clients when he or she plays for them. There are tips here which show you to incorporate these feedback in your work.

3 Home Studio Mistakes We Make

There are several mistakes a person who has just started a home studio usually tends to make. The first mistake is “Trying to act like a pro studio”. Beautiful music can be created  in a simple setup rather than dreaming of fancy high-tech pro studios with highly decorative gears, lights and accessories. The second mistake one makes is “Not trying to be a pro studio”. This is opposite to the first mistake, but then there has to be a balance and one should be confident enough to work like a pro studio. When a mixer starts out and if the access to expensive equipments is not possible, there can still be creativity in music and efficiency in deadlines which are also factors in a pro studio’s success. Third most popular mistake is “Forgetting to have fun”. Concentrate and create good music but not at the cost of having fun.

The Mute Button

Do you want to get rid of those unwanted parts in your mix? Here is a solution called “Mute Button” which is the perfect remedy to remove those extra stuff which do not fit in your mix. The focus is on the  “Mute button” which will improve the mix in less time and costs no money. This way the mix will become more audible and will sound focused. The book called Mixer mans book which is an amazing book calls this process under dubbing. The biggest mistake one tends to make is to assume that you need to have everything fit in the mix somewhere, whereas muting certain parts makes your task easier to accomplish.

Avoid The Solo Button

Learn to avoid the solo button while mixing your tracks. Just pretend that the solo button does not exist on your DAW. Other than some institutional utility type uses, the solo button is totally pointless. This is usually done when there are no other tracks to listen to. Using “Solo button” will make the track sound weaker and thinner. So by EQ’ing, compressing and mixing the tracks you can make the sound rather attractive and fuller. The main idea of avoiding the solo button is to make the mixes more efficient and easy to listen to.

Compress Drums Quietly

Compressor is a very crucial part of a DAW and is a super helpful tool which enables you to compress any instrument. Drums could be compressed by mixing them and by turning down the speaker volume. Making the compression decisions based on mixing at low volume levels will make the mix efficient. So the main idea is while compressing the drums if the drum sound could be made punchy and pumping at low volume levels it is going to be super easy for them to sound interesting at that normal listening level.