Is there a secret recipe that would make that definitive change in your mix? You never loose hope that one day, your work will sound as good as those chart hitting beats, but where to begin? Which part of your beat-making process is wrong? How to find out? What term or phrase should be searched on Google?
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? Are they really that special? I was lucky enough to instinctively guess the process of learning the beat mixing – effectively. The following “learn to mix” process got me my first professional job in the music industry.
LEARN TO MIX, THE PROCESS
So, here is how to learn to make professional mixes:
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Ok, jokes aside – no, there’s no such thing as a secret mastering chain, probably top producers (e.g Swedish House Mafia) are just pranking young producers’ community that way.
If you think your beat mixes don’t sound good enough, here is what I’d do:
Remake your favorite artist works. Load that favorite track into your daw, dissect all the musical elements (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. Your ears will get used to the ratio between lows, mids, and highs of those professional mixes. Be ready to spend a lot of time doing this, later you will realize 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 favorite artist beats and using professional tracks as a reference, I’ve mastered my equipment. 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.
Learn how your favorite tracks sound on your equipment and get your ears trained!