Throughout my audio career I’ve found that plugins and “hacks” come and go. But the fundamentals almost never change.
My plugin folder is chock full of plugins I swore I needed to buy to turn out a great mix.
Well… those plugins don’t get much use in my day-to-day.
I remember like it was yesterday. Waking up on Black Friday, watching the deals pop up for Slate, Waves, and other plugins.
I convinced myself I had to have Slate’s Virtual Tape Machines for that analog “tape” sound. Waves H-EQ for all those flavors of “analog” EQ. And so, so many more plugins.
Those plugins were great. And they each added their own flavors. But they weren’t the magic cure-all I thought they’d be for my mixes.
Do you know what did solve a lot for me? Adopting a set of simple strategies for how to approach each and every mix.
It’s like how a runner preps for a marathon. The #1 tool for running are running shoes. And the shoes matter. But the shoes won’t turn a casual runner into a marathon elite.
It’s all in the approach (and practice).
Even though you have more tools than ever to help you with your mixes, many times it’s all in the strategy.
So today I’d love to share with you my top 5 strategies for approaching a mix. Whether it’s pop, jazz, rock, or any other genre.
These 5 tips will help tune your ears and focus. And they’ll help you not lose the forest for the trees. Check out today’s video above for more.