What makes a great mix?

Most importantly, mixing a song is about finding balance. Once you understand what specific frequency range each instrument should sit in, you can start cleaning your arrangement by reducing unnecessary frequencies that are overlaying each other. Just like everything in life, a great mix is built on a solid foundation, that’s why a clean bass is crucial. A bottom-up mixing approach leads to the best results in my experience, even when played back on small speakers. It does not mean that you should mix the bass before doing anything else, it just means that getting the bass right early will make everything else fall into place more easily.
Also correcting any mistakes during editing, like improving the timing and removing unwanted noises, will make the finished product sound professional. It’s not as fun as throwing wild effects on everything, but work comes before play usually. Once the hard work of getting everything in place is done, we can now start adding creative effects like for instance distorted voices, crazy delays, adlibs coming from outer space and so on.
If you are experienced you will begin doing all of these things in no specific order, but rather creatively and by using your ears only. Building that intuition is the game, but until then you should always remind your self, that the first goal in mixing is to get a clean, natural and defined sound. Only THEN you are ready for mastering…

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What makes a great mix?

Most importantly, mixing a song is about finding balance. Once you understand what specific frequency range each instrument should sit in, you can start cleaning

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