DIY Music Blog #12 – Boosting Your Mixing Skills

Hey there guys and gals, thanks for clicking through to the latest DIY Music blog. It’s been way over a month since the last one, in which I wrote about some of my plans for 2016. One reason for the long gap is because I’ve been getting on with working on those targets, among other things… But anyway, here’s an overdue blog post! I’m gonna talk about how I’m hoping to boost my mixing skills and how you can boost yours. 

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Mixing Matters

Despite being in love with making music from an early age, it took me an embarrassingly long time to discover that there’s a tonne of technical knowledge and technique involved in getting a great sound. Since realising this I’ve put a lot of time and effort (and not a little bit of hard cash) into learning the dark arts of recording and mixing… But I’ve still got a long way to go. So, I need to decide on the best course of action to boost my skills, specifically mixing.

One thing that’s guaranteed to up your game is practice. As I don’t have a supply of music to mix, other than my own (which is sporadic at best) I’m always open to mixing for friends and colleagues, or finding stuff to mix online (such as those available here).

One great looking thing that I’ve been made aware of is Duelling Mixes. Brought to you buy Graham and Joe from Recording Revolution and Home Studio Corner, respectively, this is a group that you subscribe to which gives you access to new recordings to mix every month. Not only that but Graham and Joe also mix the tracks themselves and allow you to see the process and hear the results. They actually compete with each other to make the best mix (hence the name).

I’m very tempted by this though I need to think carefully about whether I’d make the most of it, considering the subscription fee. What do you think? Have you tried it? Would you try it? Check out the info here and let me know what you think! (I’m already a VIP member of HSC which also brings many benefits, though I’m contemplating swapping my subscriptions…)

Aside from practising and signing up to services like Duelling mixes there are a few courses available. Literally just today Slate Digital have announced the Audio Legends course, which looks pretty awesome. Again, I might wait to hear what some others think before signing up for anything.

What other suggestions do you have for improving my mixing? I’m all ears!

My Own Significant Lessons

I have already picked up a number of significant mixing lessons along the way which have helped me make big improvements. To try and help people who are still near the beginning of their journey of discovery, and maybe even a few who are further along, I’ve written a couple of articles which list some of these lessons.

They are My Ten Most Significant Mixing Lessons and Ten More Significant Mixing Lessons. If you’ve not already read those then please do check them out and let me know what you think.

Also, In My World

As mentioned, I’ve been super busy so far this year. I’ve got heavily back into writing and recording some more rock/metal/alt type stuff to (hopefully) eventually release as Frank Insomnia. When I feel happy with any of it I’ll be sure to share.

I recently uploaded my first Plugin Demo video to YouTube. This was a bit of a test really and just shows a little of what the iZotope DDLY delay plugin can do. The plan is to make more of these with more in depth explanation of what’s going on so you can really see what a plugin can do. This should be helpful to anyone considering buying the plugins I demo, so hopefully it will be worthwhile.

Apart from that, there’s loads going on in the rest of my world that’s not entirely relevant to DIY Music! But it does take up time which is why there’s been a long gap between the last blog post and this one. Hopefully I’ll be able to get more content for you soon.

One thing I’m working on is a look at comparing two very popular home studio monitors to see which one comes out on top, so look out for that.

Thanks!

Once again. Thanks for reading! I appreciate this post is maybe a bit fragmented but I wanted to get something written and have been rather stuck for time. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the DIY Music site, like us on Facebook and join the FB group to become part of our community of DIY musos.

Catch you next time!

2 comments

    1. Hey Rob! It’s the big buzz in the Slate Digital Audiophiles group on FB at the moment… It does indeed look pretty sweet.

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