The Only 16 Mixing Tips You'll Ever Need

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  • Published on Apr 30, 2018
  • Free mixing cheat sheet: www.musicianonamission.com/mixing-cheat-sheet/
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    00:44 - Tip 1
    01:27 - Tip 2
    02:06 - Tip 3
    02:35 - Tip 4
    03:04 - Tip 5
    03:51 - Tip 6
    04:39 - Tip 7
    05:31 - Tip 8
    07:03 - Tip 9
    07:41 - Tip 10
    08:32 - Tip 11
    09:46 - Tip 12
    10:34 - Tip 13
    11:14 - Tip 14
    11:40 - Tip 15
    12:41 - Tip 16
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    Have you spent hours learning about mixing, but feel like you're not getting anywhere?
    If you feel overwhelmed right now, and aren't sure where you're going wrong, watch now, because you're about to learn the only 16 mixing tips you'll ever need.
    After teaching almost a million musicians about mixing, I can tell you from experience that with just these 16 tips, you can start making music at home that sounds professional and radio-ready.
    But first, be sure to grab the free mixing cheat sheet that will help you to remember and apply these 16 tips: www.musicianonamission.com/mixing-cheat-sheet/
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  • Musician on a Mission
    Musician on a Mission  Year ago +158

    What's your biggest mixing tip?

    • Michael Sabat. Copyright God's Poetry Productions
      Michael Sabat. Copyright God's Poetry Productions 3 days ago

      Getting all your input volume right.

    • PDJMDS
      PDJMDS 7 days ago

      Parallel distortion bellow the threshold of perception on the things. Colour said distortion as a method of eq. Observe the life effervescing from your speakers. Worth having a few to choose from contrary to tip:16. Sausage Fattener, Decapitaor, Culture Vulture to name but 3

    • jrhager84
      jrhager84 15 days ago

      Top-down mixing. Starting at the bus, then groups instead of narrowing on single elements. I find myself make broader strokes that have more impact and less time fussing with the click of a kick (for instance). HUGE time-saver. Also - Mixing in mono and never solo'ing

    • Matthias Metz
      Matthias Metz 25 days ago

      Remove all fancy tricks & tracks. Remember, less is more. Therefore, have an arrangement in place, which only consist of ESSENTIAL tracks: Bass, Drums, Piano / Guitar, Vocals - that’s it. If your song doesn’t reach or touch the audience with those basics - adding additional tricks and tracks won’t help you either. And remember, we are living in a world where everything is to much.m: To much food, to much information, to much noise, etc. Therefore, impress your audience through a clean vision and creative content. Simplicity is the the key to communicate your idea. A good voice, creative lyrics, a musician who really knows how to play his instrument - how much is that worth, when you compare with hundred of hours to pimp a song which doesn’t work by its very basics(?).

    • Mike Burns / Arranged Accidents
      Mike Burns / Arranged Accidents 26 days ago

      Lots of sound absorbers on the walls, including home made bass traps from Roxul insulation. Also buying monitors with extremely accurate frequency response down into bass levels that forgo the absolute need for a sub. A few exist that aren't prohibitively expensive. My HS8's were good but at low frequencies, they were feeding me more disinformation than Pravda.

  • Damian Christopher

    Get back to using your 'ears' more to mix, and stop relying so much on 'visual' crutches on a comouter screen to "tell you when something sounds good". Assuming that you listen to music all the time; you 'should' already know.
    There was time when people 'only' relied on faders and VU meters to control the volume levels,...and various knobs for panning, EQing, compressing and limiting. They also used these same hands on methods to contro the incoming and outgoing effects.
    I say scale back. Strip down those CPU heavy 'visual' mechanics and number readouts. Get back to trusting your 'ears' again.
    Remember it's suppose to "sound" good.
    NOTE: When most people sit down and enjoy a good meal, they rarely ask what the secret ingredient is in it that makes it good, UNLESS they plan to prepare that exact same meal themselves.
    Peace

  • theminotaurs
    theminotaurs Day ago

    Automate with a gain plug-in, not the fader automation. Thus you can globally increase volume in track without automation cancelling

  • AMIPRXY
    AMIPRXY 2 days ago

    One question for everyone: If you make beats, is better to MIX them without vocals for example for uploading them on youtube ecc? Since i think that with vocals you should recheck all the balance and the volumes of every other instrument ( RE MIX IT )

  • BûLLàRD Official
    BûLLàRD Official 2 days ago

    Maybe something on directional panning in S1 imager from waves using logics au automation.

  • BûLLàRD Official
    BûLLàRD Official 2 days ago

    Layering. I would love to see a video about duplicating a track, such as a snare to add distortion for instance as a way to add body to a track with little to no dynamic range.

  • joe kamangeni
    joe kamangeni 3 days ago +1

    me love your lessons they have been very helpful

  • Bromad
    Bromad 3 days ago

    Great tips but am I the only one that thinks it's ironic that his voice has been EQ'd terribly lmao

  • Keiiman
    Keiiman 4 days ago +1

    Good job, thank you

  • Charlie M
    Charlie M 4 days ago +1

    What a great video

  • Mark Anthony Silvestre

    thanks a lot.. but can't sign up for that free cheatsheet.. it says site can't be reached all the time..smh

  • Vybz neva Die
    Vybz neva Die 9 days ago

    BRO JUST FOR THE EXTRA FINGERS IM A SUBSCRIBE TO U. U TOO CREATIVE AND FULL OF KNOWLEDGE.

  • Jami Salama
    Jami Salama 10 days ago

    I sometimes solo especially bass tracks and kick tracks if I try to find a particular problem frequency in the sound itself, for example if the low mids are muddy or something, but I usually do that and apply small cuts before mixing the whole track and then bouncing those tracks to audio with the small tweaks made for the mixing process. Is this wring or a justifiable appeoach?

  • Adam Platt
    Adam Platt 13 days ago

    Mixing Tip Number 17 - Don't take the title of this helpful video literally! And, a cheat sheet is a poor name and will throw people off, let it be called a fact sheet.

  • artcrime2999
    artcrime2999 14 days ago

    Goofy ass cheat sheet is just spam

  • MrBenigi
    MrBenigi 14 days ago

    Thanks for this Video

  • jrhager84
    jrhager84 15 days ago

    As a mixer of over 10 years, I fully agree with EVERYTHING that you've said here, and I'm so glad that you've taken the time to explain why it *should* matter, as I was an idiot that didn't think it did, and I suffered for years because of my own hubris (I don't need a ref track. I will get the balance perfect w/ no automation). I was a fool, and I'm so glad people are here now to explain why it's a good idea, and you're not 'lesser' for using refs or that you don't need anything other than stock plugins to get a solid track. Keep rockin' dude!

  • 607D x
    607D x 16 days ago

    My Mixing Tip Is Smoke Hella Weed

  • o0KANINE0o
    o0KANINE0o 19 days ago +1

    excellent stuff! so helpful, many thanks

  • Fid Rewe
    Fid Rewe 19 days ago

    Very good list!
    7:30: Exactly what I started doing, when I learned that expectation has a big influence the sound we perceive. If you have the prejudice that something will sound better, the expectation will corrupt your listening ability and will make it sound better, while your mix is actually getting worse. It's important to trick yourself to listen properly through blind tests from the time to time.

  • Alex Taylor
    Alex Taylor 19 days ago +1

    *MY SECOND BIGGEST TIP IN MIXING, (BECAUSE REALMIXING IS AN EFFECT IN THE MINDS OF THE CLIENTS, DON'T FORGET THAT!): FOR ANYTHING HARD METAL, OR CLOSELY SIMILAR, IDENTIFY A PLACE IN THE MIX WHERE A SUB-MELODY, SUB-RIFF, OR JUST AN EXTRA GUITAR LINE SEEM NEEDED. THEN PICK UP THAT GUITAR FROM ITS VERTICAL STAND IN THE CORNER, RECORD THAT LINE, AND PUT IT IN. NEVER ANY WORRIES, THOSE GENRES ARE SO NOISY AND PUSHING NON-MUSICALITY, THAT YOUR DOING THIS WILL NEVER RUIN OR CHANGE ANYTHING. OF COURSE, PHONE THE BAND TO TELL THEM THAT IT SORELY, BUT DESPERATELY NEEDED SOMETHING, AND THAT YOU PUT IT IN WITH NO CHARGE, NO CREDIT, NO NOTHING, YOU DID IT JUST BECAUSE IT HAD TO BE DONE. THAT PREPARED THEM TO KNOW THAT YOU ARE A NICE GUY WHO GOES THE EXTRA MILE TO HELP THEM OUT. YOU WILL BE THEIR GO-TO GUY FOR EACH OF THEIR NEXT IRRITATING GOOD-FOR-NOTHING GARAGE-GARBAGE-CAN DEATH METAL SHITS.*

  • Alex Taylor
    Alex Taylor 19 days ago +1

    *MY BIGGEST MIXING TIP: GET THE BAND TO SIT W/YOU IN THE MIXING PROCESS. TELL THEM THAT YOUR WAY OF INTEGRITY IS TO ENSURE CLIENT APPROVAL IN REAL TIME, AT EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. AND THROW IN SOMETHING ABOUT "ENERGY", AS IN "COMBINED ENERGIES, MAAAN.". THE REASON THEY SIT W/YOU IS TO GET EAR FATIGUE AT THE SAME RATE AS YOU. THAT'S WHEN THEY START THINKING THAT THE MIX YOU PRODUCED KICKS ASS OUT OF THE SAMPLE. LMAO, AND WHEN THAT HAPPENS, THAT'S YOUR QUE THAT YOU'RE DONE! --AND WITH THEIR GREATEST AGREEMENT, HAPPINESS, AND ENTHUSIASM AT THAT. WHO COULD ASK FOR MORE. (HEY, BUT YOU GOT SO GOOD AT MIXING, THAT YOU ACTUALLY DID NAIL IT BY THE TIME EAR FATIGUE TIME SETS IN. THAT'S YOUR OWN SECRET TOUCH OF INTEGRITY. HA!) OF COURSE, YOU WILL ACCOMMODATE THEM AT HALF PRICE FOR ADJUSTMENTS ASKED TO BE MADE WITHIN A WEEK, BUT THAT'S WHEN YOU DEMAND TO WORK ALONE. YOU'LL HAVE HAD ENOUGH EAR REST FROM THE STUPID SONG BY THEN, AND DO A BANG UP JOB IN THE SHORTEST TIME.*

  • Alex Taylor
    Alex Taylor 19 days ago +1

    *I DIDN'T GET MUCH OUT OF MY FIRST LISTEN-THROUGH OF THIS UPLOAD, BECAUSE I WAS TOO BOTHERED BY WHAT THE WORD PRONOUNCED AS "EATH" COULD POSSIBLY MEAN. "RESET YOUR EATH." A NEW DAW? BUT I GOT IT NOW, TOWARDS THE END. IT MEANS "EARS". AND NOW I HAVE HIGH EXPECTATIONS THAT IT WILL BE VERY INFORMATIVE THE SECOND TIME AROUND.*

  • Alain Boivin
    Alain Boivin 22 days ago

    8:33 min = loll

  • Mehaw Wydaw
    Mehaw Wydaw 25 days ago

    music orientated comments are a lot more peaceful and harmonious than the majority of youtube haha imagine

  • Mehaw Wydaw
    Mehaw Wydaw 25 days ago +1

    extremely insightful and to the point. A1 baiii

  • ЛОУ
    ЛОУ 25 days ago +1

    Thanks, very useful video!

  • Hit-TracK Dgb
    Hit-TracK Dgb 25 days ago

    Hello Sir , Please I'd like to know how to make a 2nd voice in background while I'm singing .... Like when Migos rapping and behind there is Scouscou 😁

  • Spiral System
    Spiral System 25 days ago +1

    Really great tips! Thanks!

  • S Butler
    S Butler 26 days ago

    05:31 - Tip 8 compression was a bad example lol every record now is compressed to the max....we need it to balance the vocal

  • Mike Burns / Arranged Accidents

    Definitely wise to go outside the DAW for reverb, but as you say, spending $$$$ isn't necessary for great plugins. Valhalla makes outstanding $50 reverbs. Waves has sales where you can get their outstanding mixing plugins for about $25 a piece and they are functionally top of the line if not nearly as flashy as say Fabfilter.

  • 88Doug
    88Doug 27 days ago +1

    Great video, thank you!

  • In Signs Music
    In Signs Music 29 days ago +1

    Very useful. Many thanks for this

  • kebzerfa
    kebzerfa Month ago

    My guy!!!!!!!
    You are dropping gems👍🏾

  • Chris Keegan
    Chris Keegan Month ago

    This is a fight but I’m lucky there’s people like you teaching me. Thanks a lot keep rockin pal

  • Walking Truth
    Walking Truth Month ago +1

    I listened to this every once in a while to get a good huddle before every session before it became naturally to me

  • Kyle Dressel
    Kyle Dressel Month ago +1

    I know this is late compared to when the video came out, but the biggest thing I think I learned is to not assume the mix will sound the same on different systems. I know you kind of covered that, but its a little different. I would always get so upset when something sounded slighlty off at all from different speakers, until I finally realized and came to terms with the fact that they are all eq'd differently and have different settings, and to not worry about a "perfect" mix!

  • House Music Production

    leveling is really 80%

  • DNNY
    DNNY Month ago +2

    Thank you !

  • lucky meme
    lucky meme Month ago

    Amazing chanel thank you so much musician on a mission :)

  • Manxawer
    Manxawer Month ago +1

    8:33 ARE YOU FREAKING SERIOUS?

  • spykerKonyn
    spykerKonyn Month ago +1

    Just found this video. This was very educational to a mixing noob as myself. Thanks ever so much for this

  • Connor Lodus
    Connor Lodus Month ago +1

    GREAT VIDEO BTW. GONNA USE THESE.

  • Connor Lodus
    Connor Lodus Month ago

    This isn't much of a mixing tip... more of a producers tip, but I think quality of sounds is huge. Instead of taking a day to try to make a saxaphone sound incredible, find another sounding sax that sounds more authentic, full, etc. When I started using better sounds, the music I produced got way better too.

  • Bryant Roeback
    Bryant Roeback Month ago

    Clean up extra breaths or unwanted room/background noises in your vocal tracks. Fades and track nudges for timing
    when necessary, will help polish your tracks. Each improvement will improve the overall mix.

  • BIGGY BALLS & MOUTHFULL PRODUCTIONS

    This is a good no BS video

  • Sebastian Mihai
    Sebastian Mihai Month ago +1

    Finally some good advice

  • Sinai Mitki
    Sinai Mitki Month ago

    THANK YOU :)

  • senthil Kumar
    senthil Kumar 2 months ago

    70s 80s analog mixing mastering quality is fair better than computer mixing mastering. Computer may have tone of flexibility but its usage in audio is not being liked by so many persons. Compressing, no dynamic range loud crap y sound, not using real instruments to create music all are computers madness. Computer may create sucessful advertisement sound tracks not for real life music listening.

  • Kaylem Chapman
    Kaylem Chapman 2 months ago

    And please can you make a video on how to set up your mic setting to make it sound radio ready

  • Kaylem Chapman
    Kaylem Chapman 2 months ago

    Hey, very helpful. Do you do payed mixing lessons via video call?

  • DNA Beats
    DNA Beats 2 months ago

    Try to satisfy u.....if u r happy with ur mix it's done.....and don't always compare ur mix with others....just go with ur ears....

  • FR0ZEN
    FR0ZEN 2 months ago

    I use two types of eq and 4 types of compressors that react differently. It is subtle but creates feeling. Like, 1176 on drums, combo that with la-2a on vocals or just use fairchild 670 type
    Depends on what fits the song

  • Felipe Cardoso
    Felipe Cardoso 2 months ago

    I would add another tip I learned from a friend: minimize your Daw screen and open some Music video you like and visually fits your track. This is gonna give you more of the 'visual'feeling' you want from your track. It helps me a lot and also increases the chance of some creativity line.
    Its like food. If it visually looks good, than its probably be much tastier.

  • Maestro Jack
    Maestro Jack 2 months ago

    My tip is to keep learning all you can because there's no end to what you can do with music and producing it. I'm crazy about music, but it keeps me from going insane.

  • ?????
    ????? 2 months ago

    The exact level that you should primarily be mixing your music at is 85 SPL, and you should go down about 5 dB every 30 minutes, and take a break every 90 minutes for about 15 to 20 minutes, don't have any loud noise around you, give you ears a break, and then come back to the mix

  • Samuel Nelson
    Samuel Nelson 2 months ago

    Thanks man!

  • danbarton.mp3
    danbarton.mp3 2 months ago

    unsplash.com alert at 12:16! (love this video)

  • Abdalla Haddad
    Abdalla Haddad 2 months ago

    Bro, please help me with tip 16. Can I find good stock plugins just for hats, snares, pads, claps and simple guitar, (guitar slide too) on PRO TOOLS free?

  • Bryan Borst
    Bryan Borst 2 months ago

    Panning is key at the end.