Find What’s Important in Your Mix

You’ve spent a lot of time creating all sorts of fun production elements in your song, stacking layer on top of layer… but, what are you going to do with all of them in the mix?

One of the hardest yet most mature things you can do as a mixer is to turn down (or even bury) an element that you’ve spent a long time creating or recording “just right.”  After minutes or hours of searching through samples or synth sounds, or tones, or whatever… and finding the perfect one, it stinks that in the mix you might have to make it almost inaudible.

There isn’t always room in the mix for all the cool things you’ve created, so you have to pick which elements are right for the song, and automate them up in just the right places and down in others.  In MOST cases, everything in the mix can’t be blasting at 100% volume or your mix will quickly become muddy and gross, so it’s your job to step up and find what is most important and make it happen.

There have been instances where I’ve had to completely mute some sounds that I was proud of because it wasn’t right in the mix, or didn’t have a place.  Swallow your pride and make the song the best it can be!

If you have any questions or anything to add to this, leave a comment below.  I’m interested in what you think.

Happy mixing-

Robert Venable