Mix and Master Yourself – Quick Mix Guide (Part 1)

Today we are going to be talking about a quick guide in several installations on how to give your recorded song a good mix.  These tips can also be applied to using live sound as well, so keep your imagination wide with possibilities.

Once all the tracks and parts of your song is recorded, the first step you want to do is set all the volume and panning to where they should be using a “reference track.”

A reference track is a fully mixed, mastered, and produced song that you are taking inspiration from.  Simply, place the audio from the song into a track in the DAW and use it as a “reference” as to how loud/soft the instruments should sound, as well as to which side they should be panned.

Remember, you don’t have to stay strict to the reference track.  It is a means of support so you have a place on where to start from.  You can adjust after that.

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