Today I’m going to share with you a simple step by step audio mixing guide that you can follow when mixing your own songs. I’ll show you how to mix music in 4 simple steps that are easy to follow.
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How To Mix Music – Audio Mixing Techniques
On this blog post I’ll just give you the steps you need to follow but if you want something that goes in-depth about mixing then download the Digital Mixing Ultimate Guide.
As we all know music production is an art, so as audio mixing. How you mix your music should also be an art. You must learn everything till you find your best way of making your music sound like the Pros or even better.
Here are 4 easy to follow steps you can use to mix music.
Step 1 – Preparation
Before you can even start mixing you’ll need to be well prepared to get started. What I mean by preparing is that you must have the right speakers, an acoustic treated room, you must have good effects, professional DAW and the right knowledge.
You’ll never get a good sounding mix if you don’t have the right tools to get the job done properly.
Step 2 – Getting The Right Levels
Once you’re well prepared then you’ll open your favorite DAW. But before you go into any audio processing you need to get the levels right. A good practice is to get the levels right from the source without relying on the faders.
Make sure to keep your most important instruments upfront and the rest at the back of the mix.
Step 3 – Eq & Compression
The famous question is which one comes 1st in the chain. The answer will always depend on what effect you want to achieve for the mix you’re currently working on and whether it benefits or ruins the sound(s).
Sometimes you might want to clean the sound 1st using an eq then compress after. Other times you might want to keep the volume of the sound constant before equalizing. I usually equalize 1st then compress after, but not always.
Step 4 – Stereo Image Shaping
Shaping up your stereo image can be tricky, the key is to balance your mono sounds with your stereo sounds. When your song is played in mono no sounds should disappear. That’s when you know you have a good mix with no phase so your mix will be punchy, loud and clear.
Use distortion to give sounds a tape/analog sound and warmth, you can also use a Bitcrusher as well. Effects such as Flanger and Phaser can be a good ear candy for the listener. Use effects such as reverb, delay and chorus to shape up a good stereo image, these will help you get good depth and space.
Panning can also free up some space in the frequency spectrum but keep the most important sounds in the center for a full and punchy sound and don’t pan too hard or else your stereo image wont balance.
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Happy Audio Mixing!!