Mixing Start To Finish: A Step by Step Guide to Balanced Mixes

 

 



In this video, I turned the camera on while mixing to show you the steps I took to get a balanced mix. I use an approach called "Top-Down Mixing" where I start by setting a static mix before adding effects and automating. These techniques can be applied when mixing many types of music. Feel free to ask me any questions about these methods in the comments below. ►The song is called "You" by The Workday Release. Listen to the final mix here on YouTube: https://youtu.be/a7iy1OZlG3g The final mix was done by Andy Toy (@andytoymusic), a brilliant engineer and mixer. I am using the stems in this video because I wanted to try my hand at the mix too. ►Gear/Software used:
DAW: FL Studio 20 (all DAWs have similar function)
Free Plugins: TDR Kotelnikov, Nova Dynamic EQ, Molotok Compressor and Slick EQ
Interface: Lynx Hilo
Headphones: Beyerdynamic DT 1990 Pro 250 Ohm
Speakers: PSI A23-M 0:00 – Intro
1:00 – Listening to the stems
2:00 – Top-Down mixing
5:50 – Vocal Reverb and Delay
8:55 – Piano and Guitar 11:40 – Backing vocals
13:00 – Vocal Effects
14:40 – Bass and Drums
18:50 – Adjusting more tracks
20:35 – Vocal Automation
22:30 – Take a break
23:20 – Listening to the mix 23:45 – Vocal editing
25:45 – Side-chaining
26:50 – Listening to the mix
27:15 – More automations
29:20 – Global EQ
30:45 – Final thoughts and revisions Source https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRzMby4PXzc

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