1. WHAT IS THIS? In this blog, I will to tell you the story of a journey. Actually, it's many journeys. Hundreds of them. Each journey is a song, or a track. It’s a journey called “mixing”. More specifically, mixing what is commonly called “stock music” or “production music”. My goal is help fellow musicians to mix their own music, and to encourage them to utilize their well-mixed music for production purposes. I know there are MANY musicians out there – young or not so young – who have a lot of beautiful music at their fingertips, and would like to mix it, master it, and do “something” with it, but are discouraged by the many technicalities of mixing. Or maybe they tried mixing, but the outcome is not what they want, not what a “good” mix should sound like. Not what a “record” sounds like.
2. BEEN THERE I know the feeling very well. I was exactly like that, about 30 years ago. That’s when I decided to start my journey. It’s been a long, learning journey. It’s been about reading. Quite a lot. About experimenting and trying things out. Talking to people. Listening to learn, and learning to listen. Accepting to fail, then turning failure into new learning, and then into success. Now I can safely say that I know a thing or two about this thing. At the very least, I can tell a story. It’s That's what I intend to do here. It's been a lot of fun. And a lot of work. But the rewards can be very satisfying.
3. TOO MUCH INFORMATION Now, I know that there’s a lot of resources out there, in the wild-wild-web, about mixing. Some are very good, but too expensive. Some are good, but too technical or just too complicated. Some are ok but sparse, difficult to put together in a way that's really helpful. Some are specific to some genres. Some are outdated. Many, quite frankly, are not so good at all. So, basically what I'm trying to do here is to combine my personal experience with some of the most useful resources out there. So, why should you follow along?
4. WHY READ AND FOLLOW ALONG THIS JOURNEY
I’m not a super-duper-hollywood-mixing-engineer with millions of dollars invested in a fancy studio and luxury equipment. 30 years ago I used to be an amateur with a lot of passion and little money. So, I was like many of you. Over time, I was able to turn my passion into something that I would call “semi-professional". But I am still a total amateur at heart. The word “amateur” comes from Latin and means “lover”. Indeed, I truly love music. I’m proud to have the passion of an amateur. And yes, I also make some money with my music. So, if you want to do the same, then you have a good reason to follow my journey.
It’s going to be about techniques, but it won’t get too technical, or too difficult. It will be in plain English. I will try to explain everything I think is important, in a clear, understandable fashion. Technical jargon, sometimes, is just a way to make things look more difficult than they are. Our motto will be: simple is good.
It’s also going to be about attitude and thinking, not just about techniques. Certain mindsets won’t get you anywhere. Others will help you a lot. I’ll talk about that too.
I will tell you about what I think is essential to get to a good, professional sounding mix. Nothing more, nothing less. In other words, I’ll try not to waste your time.
I will tell you some things about mixing that are specific to “stock music” or “production music”. There aren’t many, but yes, there are some. And they are important, because they will help you to make some money with your music and see your music appreciated by others. Isn't that what we really want, deep down?
It’s going to be personal. Yes, personal. Every journey is different. Every journey depends on where you want to go, and how. It mostly depends on who you are. So, this is the story of my own journey. It’s how I do things. I am not going to pretend it’s anything more than that. I am never going to tell you what is the “best” way of doing something. Making music is an art, and while there’s many technical stuff to it, nobody can tell you what is the “best” approach, not even the super-duper-producers. The only thing that counts is the outcome. The only thing that counts is that you like what you hear. The only thing that count is that others like your music, and - imagine that! - they like it enough to buy it or license it. So, this journey is a story, a personal story, my own story, my version of my journey. You won’t find absolute truths, you will find experiences. But, like with almost anything, we learn more from stories and experiences than from technical manuals.
I’m going to try to make it as entertaining as I can. Well, I’ll do my best. But it’ll be in writing. Yeah, something like a book of sorts. I like to read, and I hope you do too. Reading allows you to pause and think. It allows you to stop, trying things out, and then go back and read some more. But, of course, being 2017, I’ll also post some links to external resources, including videos and audio examples.