Mixing and Mastering Tips

Anyone got any good tips when it comes to mixing and mastering your music?

I’m particularly coming at it from an Ableton and electronic music point of view but all advice is welcome :pray:

@MyVitrilol ?

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Was reading this earlier which seemed okay but didn’t go into huge amounts of detail.

Like, why does using the Bass Mono switch keep your low end tight?

bass just gets messy if you don’t have it mono

same as reverb gets messy if you don’t cut the bass out before the reverb

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it’s well long but apparently very very good

https://glowcast.bit.ai/docs/view/8JCC7m6kqVyYbfgx

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This is great, cheers!

Lots of stuff I don’t understand but just more stuff to go and read up on innit

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I have this bookmarked from ages ago

and this stuff from a little EQ folder on the desktop


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Been a long time since I’ve done it properly, but when mixing, the way I was taught was to start from nothing and then add things back one at a time, starting with the drums and then the bass. As you add each instrument, listen to the mix and make sure you can still hear everything in there, and that it “fits” together. Use EQ to cut, to make space for other instruments or remove undesirable qualities in the sound - never to boost. As the mix build up, mute things and listen to stuff in pairs or small groups and then build things back up again - does it still sound right? In general, don’t try and fix things with EQ on the master, that’s for shaping the overall sound, not for making things sound good in the first place, if that makes sense?

Mastering is a dark art that I don’t understand but it sounds nice when you put multi band dynamics and a glue compressor on the master bus IDK.

Also those frequency charts are really useful.

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Go by the traditional method:
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Makes perfect sense, and cheers! This is super useful

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also: listen to what you’re mixing through as many systems as you can in general

also: take breaks

sometimes you’ll be convinced something sounds brilliant, then export it and do something else for a day, then you’ll play it on a different system and be shocked that it sounds awful

that’s why mixing so hard

once it sounds good on different systems, including crap ones like tinny laptop speakers or cheap earbuds, and systems with wildly differing levels of bass, then you’re doing a good job

very easy for the bassline to sound sweet on one system and then too big on another and to disappear entirely on another

finally if you mix on proper monitors and/or monitoring headphones, where you can really hear the detail, your mixes will be soooooo much better

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If anyone fancies it, I could do with an extra pair of ears on some new tracks and some feedback on my amateur mixing skills

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Thank you very much!

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Thank you so much for checking them out!

I feel the same on the Triple A Battery bass, it’s meant to be central but think I’ve overdone it. And no that is totally helpful, thanks again!

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Was going through some old bookmarks & found this

https://glowcast.bit.ai/docs/view/8JCC7m6kqVyYbfgx

It’s an extremely comprehensive & useful guide to mixing & mastering without being totally overwhelming

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@wooden_ad shared this above (don’t mean that in a snarky way, just it’s cool multiple people are citing it) To be honest the first time I read it it went over my head but this week I’ve been watching this lil course on Youtube

And maybe I just learn better watching someone and hearing someone talk through it, but all the little bits of terminology and the process of it is all making a bit more sense. Reading through that guide now it actually is starting to make more sense

Ah, double post

Soz @wooden_ad

Can anyone recommend any decent/cheapish monitoring speakers? Nothing big, just something that can go on your desk ideally.

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Man, it’d take a real schmuck to do that. Just a proper doughnut. God I’d be so embarrassed if that were me!

:grimacing: :grimacing: :grimacing:

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Hey folks,

Getting to a point with trying to mix my record before I look at mastering it where I’m worried I’m starting to overthink things a bit and go round in circles. Got the majority of tracks done to some degree, but would anyone mind giving a track a listen and letting me know what they think about the mix and if I’m heading in the right direction? https://on.soundcloud.com/Bq5Lp

Main thing I’ve been grappling with is getting the bass to cut through, but now I’m wondering if I’ve overdone it or upped everything else too much to compensate. Anything sound off or too muddy / too quiet / too loud?

For comparison this was an earlier version I did with slightly different eqing on the bass and other levels fiddled with https://on.soundcloud.com/8QLbK

(The random slight bitcrushing and distortion is all intentional but may still sound shit I dunno)

Realise a lot of it will be down to taste but also worried I have no idea what I’m doing basically