Make a list when mixing
Te salut, prietene.
I import the tracks into my mix template (more on that soon), do any editing necessary, then I start listening to the song, doing any master bus adjustments that I see fit.
In my book, I'm already making mistakes.
I should start by getting a good static mix by changing only the volume and panning of the tracks.
*I struggle with mustering the discipline to use this workflow at the moment, but the few times I've done it, it worked wonders*
For example, I should listen to the song, start to finish. All along the way, I stay focused on listening, without making any changes to the mix.
I should make notes such as "vocals too loud in the first verse", "bass too muddy", "snare too ringy", etc. After I listen through the song and I have a list, I would ideally proceed to make all those changes. Then I'd listen again, make notes, and repeat the whole process.
Once I'm be pleased with the mix, I can start making creative decisions in regards to crazy panning, delays and reverbs, and other fun stuff.
Then I'd go over the process again, just to iron all the kinks out.
David Glenn of The Mix Academy fame said that he knows a mix is done when there's nothing to add to that list.
At the moment, I think a mix is done when the artist says so, if the artist isn't unreasonable. But I like David's idea more than mine.
In case you're not aware of this, I plan to semi-regularly stream my mixing and recording sessions, if the artist allows it. I usually stream on Periscope, so, in order to be notified when I do so, follow me on Twitter at @tiki_producer
Once I finish streaming, I upload the video to my YouTube channel, so be sure to subscribe, in case you miss any Periscope streams.
Here's the recording of a stream I've done, all centered around mix revisions. I won't edit these, so I do apologize for all the coughs.
Make a list, as described above, and mix that way, and let us know the results in the comments below.
Have a good one.