3. The Philosophy Of Mixing – How NOT To Hit A Moving Target or… Stop Moving The Goalposts!

The Philosophy Of Mixing Pt.3 - Stop Moving The...

The Philosophy Of Mixing Pt.3 – Stop Moving The…

I was at a friend’s studio last night to collect the files for some mixes, have a chat and to hear some of their new recordings.  My mate opened up his Pro Tools session and was about to hit play, when he turned with a grin and asked me at what level did i wanted it played back at? – i.e did i want my face melted off or not? I replied equally in jest ‘why 83dB SPL of course’ – to which i got a nod and a finger shoving the fader to…  ‘somewhere about there?…’

This got me thinking…

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2. The Philosophy Of Mixing – The Dying Art Of…

The Philosophy Of Mixing Pt.2 - The Dying Art Of...

The Philosophy Of Mixing Pt.2 – The Dying Art Of…

Recently I posted a screenshot on Facebook of the all the work I was doing on my current project – and specifically the large amount of detailed work I was doing on a drumkit to sort out all the tom hits so they sounded even and balanced.

As the comments gathered on the photo and the thread developed someone mentioned that I could’ve just used samples instead – implying jokingly that I could’ve saved myself a whole heap of time and effort. Of course as anyone who knows me this is the very epitome of ‘a red rag to a bull’ – so obviously I waded in…

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1. The Philosophy Of Mixing – Fresh And Clear

The Philosophy Of Mixing Pt.1 - Fresh & Clear

The Philosophy Of Mixing Pt.1 – Fresh & Clear

More and more i have come to realise that the success (and quality) of my mixes is very much dependent on my physical well-being and my state of mind at the time. If i’m tired, my mix ends up sounding tired, if i’m stressed – then i have no patience with the mix to get sounds to fit properly – end result, a clashing, difficult mix. If i’m apathetic, then my mix is uninspired. If i’m bored then, yes you guessed it – my mix is boring. It took me a long time to realise this link between my physical self and the quality of my product…

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