If you have ever created your own mixed music, then you understand that not all systems were created equal. What sounded good in the studio, might not sound good anywhere else.
In your car listening to it, there's a chance that it could come out sounding awful. That's why personally, I ALWAYS take test mixes into the car first. that is where most people are going to be listening to my music.
Next, I listen in headphones. But not studio reference headphones (I do that while mixing, though). I'm talking about earbuds (AirPods, etc.) connected to a mobile device. When not listening in the car, our fans are listening on mobile devices.
And finally, I put it in the CD player and play it over the big speakers attached to the entertainment center. Again, these are consumer speakers and not studio monitors. If there is anything off about the mix that didn't show up in my car and phone tests, it will always show up here.
After all these tests, I take notes and go back to the studio, fix everything, and repeat until it sounds great in those three places.
With Graham's process, which relies a lot on using a "reference track," you can do much the same thing I talked about above. But it is probably much less time consuming :-).
- Have you ever mixed a song that sounds good in your studio only to play it in your car or at your friend’s house and it completely falls apart?
- The differences between studio and other speakers can be one of the most frustrating aspects of mixing music.
- During this video, many aspects of music and mixing are discussed.
"Have no fear though my friend – I have a solution for you and a 4 step process to ensure your mix will sound good EVERYWHERE, not just in your home studio."
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