Ways To Practice Mixing

 

Mixing is no different than any other art form, it takes years of experience and intense practice to really get great at it. And let's face it, you're going to suck in the beginning. Thats ok! So how can we improve faster? How do we shorten the time it takes to master your craft? The answer is more deliberate practice. Here are some ways you can deliberately practice mixing and get better faster.

EAR TRAINING

There are several options for ear training software out there. Help you attune your ear to things like frequency and compression. All of these programs/apps will give you instant feedback and help pin point problem areas in your hearing. Then you can focus on those areas. These also provide a great warmup before you start a mix. Here's three to check out:

1) Train Your Ears
2) Studio Ears
3) Quiztones

MULTITRACK MIX SESSIONS

A great way to practice is to get a fresh session of a song you've never heard, didn't record, and just start mixing. Each of these sites has a batch of mix sessions that you can download to work on.

1) Pro Audio Files
2) The Mix Academy
3) Dueling Mixes

OTHER TIPS

1) Take out one of your old sessions, make a copy of it, wipe it clean and start over. Don't think too much, see where it ends up.

2) Peruse through YouTube to find new techniques. After watching, spend some time working a new technique into your toolbox. Some search terms that can help find useful information include:

  • compression
  • reverb
  • eq
  • mixing tips
  • mixing tutorials

Hope that helps guys! Thanks for reading :)

Brad
Velveteen Audio