this month on Patreon, I focused on creating a video about mixing.
If you’ve been subscribed to this newsletter for a while (I’m not a fan of the term newsletter, but let’s call it that for brevity), you probably have already read some emails with tips on mixing.
However, while recording the video, I realized I have never talked about how feedback contributes to improving your mixing skills.
So, throughout the entire video, I emphasized what I summarize for you below.
But before we start, I want to remind you that this month, on the group Zoom Call, we will have the legendary Christopher Ledger as a guest.
Mixing is probably one of the aspects of music production that takes the most time to master.
Some people are naturally inclined and passionate about this phase of music production, while others struggle to understand what their track needs to sound good, and above all, they hate spending time on it.
As the first rule, I want to remind you of the quote “done is better than perfect“.
I don’t remember who first said this phrase, but the concept is clear: there is no perfect mix; there is the final mix. The one good enough to decide to export the track, close the project, and move on to the next.
That said, achieving a good final mix is not always easy, especially for those who are just starting out.
A common mistake is to focus too much on your track and its mixing, losing objectivity.
It often happens to me too, you know?
So, what to do?
The first step is definitely to have some reference tracks at hand (within the project or in the finder) that we consider to have a good mix. Ideally similar to ours, but not necessarily.
Take a break.
Listen to the reference tracks, then return to your project.
This will undoubtedly help you regain some objectivity.
But there’s still a problem.
Unfortunately, even when using reference tracks, the ears remain the same. And you risk continuing to make the same mistakes.
This is where the importance of seeking feedback comes into play.
A pair of fresh ears, perhaps more experienced than yours, can identify potential issues from the first listen.
You know, sometimes we listen to our track so many times that we completely overlook even serious mix errors.
A honest feedback allows you to listen with a different perspective, notice mistakes, correct them, and learn.
So, do you have someone you trust to ask for feedback?
Please note, the right person is not those friends who respond with “sick track bro!“ every time you send them the track.
Certainly, they do it with all good intentions, to motivate you, but unfortunately, this doesn’t help.
The right person for feedback is someone who overlooks their personal taste and provides honest and technical feedback.
If you have friends like this, you’ve hit the jackpot.
Within the Minimal Improvements Community, the feedback that various members leave on tracks is always honest and technical. Here is an example:
We don’t need nice feedbacks, we need honest ones.
Myself, once a month, I make a video where I listen to the members’ tracks and provide my feedback. Often, I go into too much detail, but I want to be clear and thorough.
If you don’t know people who can help you with feedback yet, start building your own network.
Of course, the doors of our community are always open.
And one last earnest piece of advice: don’t ask for feedback from DJs/producers you’re a fan of. Often, they don’t have time, and if they respond, they do so briefly. And that’s understandable.
If you really want to do it, try to build a relationship with them first. In that case, they’ll be more inclined to dedicate time to you.
I hope I’ve been helpful; here is the link to the full video on mixing that I uploaded on Patreon.
Speaking of feedbacks, what do you think of the newsletter? I’m trying to focus a lot on it this year, as I love to write.
Feel free to let me know, send me a message on my Instagram.
A warm hug,
FROM THE WEB
1 – How to create any melody you want
In this video J1mmy shares a tip on how to take MIDI melodies from famous songs and edit them to achieve your own melodies. (YT video here)
2 – The basics of music theory for beginners
Native Instruments created this very insightful blog post with the basics of music theory, from understanding time signature, to notes, chords and more (Blog post)
MUSIC OF THE WEEK
Here I share what I’ve been listening to lately both from the house music world and from every other genre.
I will keep feeding this section of my newsletter, with the hope you enjoy it.
1 – HOUSE/MINIMAL HOUSE MUSIC
Alex Neri – Lost in Paradise – Bandcamp link
2 – OTHER GENRES
My favorite song by Cuckoo – Watching you move – Spotify link
Always be curious towards new music, you never know where inspiration comes from.
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