Is there a secret recipe that would make that definitive change for your audio mixing? You never loose hope that one day, your work will sound as good as those chart hitting beats, but where should you begin? Which part of your beat-making process is wrong? How to find out?
Possibly, you can relate. After all, you have access to the same tools, samples and loops as someone who’s making unbelievable beats. How do they do that? What is the difference? I was lucky to get the crucial and the most important tip from the producer who worked with the big names of the industry. This approach to audio mixing changed my game.
LEARN TO MIX, THE PROCESS
So, here is how to master making professional beat mixes:
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Ok, jokes aside – no, there’s no such thing as a secret mastering chain, I personally think that top producers (e.g Swedish House Mafia) are just pranking young producers’ community that way.
Here’s the approach that I’ve learned from the pros:
Remaking your favourite artist beats. Load that track into your daw, listen, dissect and note all the musical elements that you hear (Kicks, Snares, FX, Piano, 808’s..). Then one by one do your best to emulate those elements so that the outcome sounds as close as possible to the original. After you’ve recreated those samples, put them in a sequence of the original beat and mix with your headphones or studio monitors while referencing to the original beat track. Do it even simultaneously, by playing the reference track and your beat at the same time. Yes, it will sound messy, but human ability to focus on a sound element and determine the loudness of it is laser precise. So, for example, start with the kick. Check how loud it is on the reference track, and match that loudness for your kick. Then do the same with the snare, then hi-hats, then bass. Your ears will get used to the volume ratio between lows, mids, and highs of those professional mixes. Be ready to spend some time doing this, later you will realise that making right mixing decisions for your own tracks come naturally.
It is not a problem if you don’t have expensive studio monitors or headphones, in fact, the very first demo beat reel that got me my first professional job in the music industry was made using Sound Blaster Live 16bit sound card and a pair of $20 AKG headphones.
By remaking my favourite artist beats and using professional tracks as a reference, I’ve learned my equipment and how it sounds. I’ve trained my ears to hear the balance with headphones that I had at that time. Usually, samples and loops are already provided in high quality and processed close to perfection, so all you need is to be capable of correctly balancing those sounds in the frequency spectrum.
Get your ears trained with this technique and you’ll learn pro audio mixing quick, I promise.