As helpful as this post is, it’s not your only resource for learning how to mix. Or at least it shouldn’t be. This guide is only meant to get you started with the basics of mixing. Mixing, the simple way.
I want you to continue to get better at mixing, which is why I’m going to give you some of my favorite videos on mixing.
The first video I want to share comes from WickieMedia, which provides a lot of audio engineering tutorials. In this one, called “The Basics Of Mixing Music,” they cover the philosophy of mixing — the main idea and goal.
It talks about how you should mix your song as if the band is on stage. So it involves panning instruments left and right in proportion to each other, paying attention to the balance of high, medium, and low frequencies, and using volume to create the illusion that the drums are in the back and the singer is up front.
It’s super helpful. If you’re fairly new to mixing, check out this video.
The next video I want to point out is “The Basics Of How To Use EQ.” This short video shows what a few Professional Mixing Engineers say about how to use (or not use) EQ. Very insightful.
Another video that’s a must-watch is “How To Mix Vocals” from Graham Cochrane. Cochrane runs the well-known website The Recording Revolution, which helps DIY musicians create radio-ready songs.
What he’s great at is simplifying things for musicians who may not be familiar with an idea. In the above video, he covers two ways to mix vocals.
While we’re talking about Cochrane, I might as well mention another one of his videos on mixing, “How To Mix A Song From Scratch.” This one takes you through the process of mixing an entire song, start to finish.
After you’ve watched the other videos, you can check out “Mixing Vocals To Sit Properly In Your Mix,” which is a bit more technical than the others.
The Pro Engineer in the video, Warren Huart, doesn’t simplify things too much, so you’ll need to be somewhat familiar with mixing to really benefit from this video. But at this point in this post, hopefully, you’re ready for this video.