Join Evan Sutton for an in-depth discussion in this video Philosophical mix strategies (the journey), part of A Prolific Music Producer's Workflow for Finishing Tracks.
- Now it's time to think about the mix.…This is not a course on mixing,…but it is a course on finishing things.…And if you sit there worrying about…the compression on your bass line,…and fine-tuning that, and thinking…that that's the key to super stardom,…then I've got something to tell you.…That's not the case.…It's really important that you do things…that sound good, and keep it simple.…With mixing, if you've done things right, less is more.…What I'm trying to tell you is that…if you've composed your track and you've made…good decisions with sounds that work well…together right off the bat,…mixing should be a cinch.…
You want to kind of beef up your sounds…a little bit maybe, maybe make some…final decisions on overall character,…really tweak the balance so that it feels good,…and then put some finishing touches on it.…So I'm going to talk about some of the…simple things that we can do.…We already touched the kick drum and the snare drum,…I don't really see much reason to change those things.…One thing that I might do is…
Evan starts with the music production tools that can make it easier to see a song through to completion, such as templates, presets, and foolproof hardware setups. Next, he gets into the heavy lifting, mixing both songwriting and production techniques with tips for dealing with the psychological factors that may trip you up when completing a song. He wraps up the course with techniques that help to clear the final steps of song completion, including building transitions, adding ear candy, mixing strategies for increased efficiency, and simple mastering techniques, whether you choose to master your tracks yourself or hire a professional.
- Planning your track with a problem-solving mindset
- Prepping to record vocals and music
- Using DAW song templates
- Getting basic musical ideas down
- Making decisions that serve the song
- Using channel strip presets
- Creating sections and structure
- Building better transitions
- Adding FX, ear candy, and automation
- Mixing and mastering