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Becoming A Pro In Mixing And Mastering
Have you ever listened to a track and felt some kind of electric feeling thundering through your nervous system, but then you know you’d survive, but not without growing an ear worm that’ll leave you stuck on that same music for hours, or even days? That feeling is not just the power of a nice beat and charming words, it’s also the beauty in the technicalities in Mixing and mastering. Of course, you’d hear this and want to know how you can become a pro in mixing and mastering like other famous Mixers out there, but you should know the very first step you should take Is loving music and understanding it, because if you don’t, I see no reason why you should be reading this right now.
To kick start the whole thing, you might need to get a basic introduction into what mixing and mastering is before you’re told everything you need to know to become a pro.
Mixing deals with adjusting and combining individual tracks into a stereo or multichannel format which is also known as The Mix.
Mastering deals with processing your mix into its final form so that it’s ready for distribution, which may include transitioning and sequencing the songs.
Maybe this looks easy but it is the most important part In music production and any miscalculation or unprofessionalism done on the track, will most likely tell how the audience will receive it.
You want to become a pro in mixing and mastering songs? Here are few tips you need that could help you achieve that.
- LISTEN TO MUSIC: Except you want your brain to be dead as a doornail, you need to listen to more music, advisably all genres because there’s no telling which song would be knocking on your door for mixing. The more music you listen to, the more you learn about the sequencing, and everything mixing related. Also, you’ll learn more on how the professionals do it and most importantly, someone you’re looking up to becoming, study them and listen to their projects.
- CONNECTS WITH OTHER MIXERS: Sometimes it’s good to do your own thing your way, but if you’re the type that locks him/herself indoors then you will be missing a lot. Connecting with other mixers and working on projects together will help you learn faster and become the pro you want to be. There would always be someone better than you, but if you want to be the best, you need to crash the mixing market and learn from other mixers which will go a long way in helping you. You can also share your mixes with other mixers to help review your work.
- ONLINE TRAININGS: The fact that you’re a good producer/mixer doesn’t mean you know everything, sometimes there are few and vital things you need to know that wouldn’t be found. There are different online programs you can opt in for which will skyrocket your expertise. Matthew Weiss Courses, David Glenn ‘The mix academy’ are incredible courses you can get.
- KEEP PRACTICING: And I quote, “Rome wasn’t built in a day”, maybe this isn’t the perfect saying to use but if you don’t keep building yourself, there might never be a Rome for you to boast of. To becoming a pro, you need to schedule yourself to practicing daily, that’s the most important way to get better at anything. Spend the most time focusing on your weaknesses. It might not be as fun or flexible as working on something you’re really good at, but it’s the only way to progress faster.
- MASTER YOUR DAW: I’m pretty sure when you’re about to eat you don’t need to find where your mouth is, using your DAW should feel the same way, you should feel fully confident when navigating it if not then opportunities might be slippery. Take the time to learn keyboard shortcuts, explore little-known features, and figure out faster ways to accomplish routine tasks.
All the tips given are mostly for people who are already in the mixing profession. If you’re a newbie, you’d undoubtedly need more than what’s listed above. If you belong in that category, then the first step you need to take is getting your own PC with high capabilities able to handles the software’s you would be needing, get other tools you need for it and get a good tutor either offline or online and you’re good to go
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