You are a great at making songs but they lack that shine they deserve. Most times people don’t realize just how important the mixing stage is. You should not just focus on producing because mixing music is just as important. The good news is, it’s the 21st century, you don’t need a mixing console. You can do everything on your computer. YAY!!!
Let me tell you a story. I used to never mix my own music. Then my friends would tell me how cool my song was but they thought it didn’t sound professional. That’s when I knew I had to do something. I stumbled across websites like Modern Mixing and Studio Pros. On these websites I really learned a thing or two about the music mixing process.
How long did it take me to become better at mixing?
I don’t know, maybe about a year of reading those sites and experimenting. I just put my nose to the stone and hashed it out. I sat there every day and mixed because I really did want to learn the art of mixing music. I even tried some mastering too but I wasn’t really focused on it as much as mixing but still wanted the practice.
Actually one thing that I felt like was my biggest challenge was my lack of experience with mixing vocals but now I think I have dramatically improved. Now when I show my friend’s my mixed songs, they are all impressed. I love that we are living in a time where it’s possible to make high quality music. I am really excited to see where the future goes with technology and music mixing.
I would say though that producing songs is still my first passion so I focus mostly on putting the songs together. But mixing has now become a skill that I am forever grateful for. I can confidently make songs now and not have to worry about them song bad. Plus girls like a guy that can sing and play an instrument. If I can record and make it sound good that’s a bonus.
So before I go I encourage you to visit Modern Mixing because that’s where I went to learn how to mix music. Pretty much all the tips I learned came from him, including mixing drums, guitars and vocals.
Also, Check out this cool video of mix engineer Sam Thomas mixing music.