Pro Mixing Tips for Better Home Recordings

Howdy SEA Fans, welcome to another tipTuesday blog post, a regular Tuesday blog series in which we share tips related to Sound Engineering, Music Production, Audio for Film and Broadcast Sound.

As you have read in the title of this blog post, today we are discussing various Mixing Tips for Home Recording.

What is the secret of a perfect mixdown?

It is a common question asked especially by novice sound engineers.

When the same question is asked to experienced hands, they usually ask back another question.

Is there a secret which actually exists?

An undeniable fact is that many tips can be shared with regard to the same but isn’t a specific so-called secret.

The best – and most obvious tip which everyone can give for better mixes in the home recording studio is to gain experience.

Mixing, mixing and mixing more songs helps to accomplish that 100%.

Here we have some facts for you which can act as a first aid in mixing.

You should necessarily include the listed facts in your basic repertoire.

Some of our mixing tips may seem too obvious to you, others you might not be aware of.

But all facts are shared by experienced hands and which are proven effective in daily work.

Mixing Facts for Home Recording

  • 1. Digital Clipping (distortion) should be avoided at all costs.
  • 2. Mix the cymbals more conservatively in volume.
  • 3. The kick (bass drum) should be a little bit louder compared to others.
  • 4. 95% of all vocal recordings require a de-esser and for bass, you should only compress carefully.
  • 5. For bass, you should only compress carefully. Automation is the better way to keep the volume constant.
  • 6. All plug-ins should be set with their Gain control so that pressing the Bypass will only hear a change in the sound – not in volume. This avoids the psychoacoustic effect that louder sounds sound better.
  • 7. Vocals should be conservatively compressed so that they do not mutate into a un-dynamically uniform mush.
  • 8. (Production) effects should not be exaggerated.
  • 9. Always make AB comparisons with commercial productions during mixing. Pay attention to the relationship and interplay as well as the position of the elements in the mix.
  • 10. Do not try to achieve the loudness of commercial production during mixing, this is part of the mastering.
  • 11. Work with the highest resolution available to you. The general standard is 24-bit, and 32-bit does not hurt synonymous.

Do you have a good tip for mixing songs?

Don’t hesitate! We are looking forward to your comment and the information you share as a comment will be useful for those who would like to learn more about mixing.

Happy Sound Engineering.

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