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  • Mix a pop song – 6 – Time for a break

    Personally this is my favourite point in the mix, as it is pure and unsullied by the rest of the twiddly bits coming up later, and you shouldn’t feel particularly tired at this point. You should make a note of this mix – either by storing it in software or by simply making chinagraph marks […]

  • Mix a pop song – 5 – Adding in the Padding

    Not all songs have a “pad” sound. Some songs work by placing all the responsibility on the lead instruments. However, a good “pad” sound adds body to the track and can also hide a multitude of sins in the playing of the other musical parts – it’s a simple and convenient way of making a […]

  • Mix a pop song – 4 – Using Noise Gates

    A “Noise Gate” – as many of you will know already – is a device that only lets sound through if it is louder than a set amount. So in some ways it is a bit like a dodgy connection lead! – except that: You can precisely calibrate when it cuts in It doesn’t crackle […]

  • Mix a pop song – 3 – Starting the real mix

    Now we start the actual process of mixing. Some people will have enthusiastically jumped straight to this point, thinking this is the real starting point. They are likely to be in big trouble if that’s the case… Why? Here are some reasons (there are others): If you leap in at this point without doing all […]

  • Mix a pop song – 2 – Calibrating your Ears with a Rough Mix

    Familiarise yourself with your setup and the tools needed to start mixing. Record that basic sound so that you can tell where you want to make improvements. After all that playing around and “familliarising” yourself with the mix, then you should have an idea of where to put the faders for an acceptable “rough” mix, […]

  • Mix a pop song – 1 – Familiarisation

    Familiarise yourself with your setup and the tools needed to start mixing. Connect a short reverb onto an aux send, and a long reverb onto another. That’s all you need for now. Play back the song. Loop it, preferably, so you don’t keep having to rewind and press play each time. Now throw up all […]

  • Mix a pop song – 0 – Starting Point

    This article is written with the assumption that this isn’t just a mix you’ll throw together, but something you are going to spend serious time over – i.e. several hours – and the intention is to get a world-class result by intention, rather than by accident. I’m assuming here, that you have in your possession […]

  • How To Mix A Pop Song From Scratch

    Mixing Desk

    This series is a rough guide on how to go about mixing a pop record from scratch. Many people don’t seem to know where to start, so hopefully this series of articles will give some guidance.