11 Common Mixing Mistakes

Are you frustrated with your mixes not sounding as professional as you’d like? Well, you’re not alone. In this video, I share 11 common mistakes that could be killing your mixes. I have seen these errors time and time again, and it’s crucial to avoid them if you want to create professional-sounding tracks. Drawing from my own experiences and working with numerous clients, I provide practical tips and tricks to help you avoid these blunders and achieve better results. Get ready to take your mixing skills to new heights!


Mixing with the Solo Button Enabled:
Mixing solely with the solo button engaged can lead to isolated decision-making. It’s important to listen to how each individual track blends with the rest of the mix. You can ensure a cohesive sound by continuously checking the balance and interaction between tracks.

Getting Stuck in Routines:
Relying too heavily on familiar mixing techniques or presets can stifle creativity and lead to repetitive soundscapes. Experimentation is key to discovering new and exciting sonic possibilities. Don’t be afraid to break free from routines and explore unconventional approaches.

Ignoring Rumble in the Low End:
Low-frequency rumble, caused by unwanted low-end artifacts or excessive bass, can muddy your mix. Pay attention to the low end and use high-pass filters to remove unnecessary rumble, allowing the bass and kick to shine through clearly. You do not need to do this every track, learn more about hi passing everything.

Mixing Too Loud:
Mixing at excessively high volume levels might deceive your ears and lead to imbalanced mixes. Begin mixing at moderate volume levels and occasionally reference your mix at lower volumes. This practice will help maintain accuracy and prevent fatigue during long sessions.

Neglecting Phase Relationship Problems:
Phase issues can result in an inconsistent and weak mix. When mixing, ensure that elements in the stereo field are in phase, especially when using stereo effects or multi-microphone recordings. Phase cancellation can cause loss of clarity and impact, so regularly check for phase coherence.

Trying to fix problems during mixing that could have been addressed in the recording phase can lead to problems. It’s essential to address fundamental issues, such as poor mic placement or room acoustics, before relying heavily on corrective techniques during mixing.

Over-Compressing and Over-Limiting:
Applying excessive compression or limiting to every track can squash dynamics and drain life from your mix. Instead, aim for subtle and transparent use of dynamic processing to retain the natural dynamics and energy of the performance.

Lack of Understanding Basic Tools:
A thorough understanding of basic mixing tools, such as EQ, compression, and reverb, is crucial for achieving a balanced mix. Take the time to learn and experiment with these tools to effectively shape the tonal balance, dynamics, and spatial aspects of your mix.

Neglecting Automation:
Automation allows you to add movement, expression, and emphasis to your mix. Don’t overlook the power of automating volume, panning, and effects parameters. Thoughtful automation can bring your mix to life and enhance the emotional impact of the music.

Not Paying Attention to Details:
Details matter in mixing. Pay close attention to small nuances like fades, crossfades, edits, and timing adjustments. These subtle refinements can significantly improve the overall cohesiveness and professionalism of your mix.

Spending Too Much Time on Tracks:
While it’s important to strive for excellence, spending excessive time on a single track can hinder your progress and creativity. Set reasonable time limits for each track or mixing session to maintain momentum and avoid getting stuck in a never-ending loop.

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