MIX REFERENCING

It always amazes me that many clients who come into my studio and have track they have finished but are complaining that it ‘just doesn’t sound as good as it should’ , when asked ,have never mixed it down referencing to another track in the same style that sounds good !

A great technique I’ve used to mix down my tracks over the years is to compare my eq’s and levels against an existing track that I know to be of good production and sounds good out in a club. That way , even if you match all aspects of that mix 90% you know it’s going to sound decent to release.

In the early 90’s  that process would be setting the 2 tracks at the same level through a mixing desk and switching between the two tracks manually , adjusting sounds and frequencies by ear . These days there are some great plug ins that can help you do that ‘in the box’ and spectrum analyser plugs . I use ‘Sample Magic’s A/B plug in all the time , it’s a relatively inexpensive  plug in that you stick on the end of your master chain , you can then  load up to 9 reference tracks of your choice in the available slots . Then switch between the mix in your DAW (Digital Audio Workstation)  and one of your  reference tracks using the ‘A’ and ‘B” buttons on the plug in ,

This Really helps a mix down , as you switch between the two tracks , ask yourself , is my bass heavy enough as the referance track , my tops etc , and individual elements like drums leads ,vocals etc , you will soon find your track being very close to the track your mixing against after a few of these tweaks .Couple this process with an eq analyser (most DAWS have this in their basic eq ) and it’s a win win as you can hear and SEE what you r trying to achieve !

 

Another great plug in technique is ‘Match eq’ , Logic Pro has a specific plug for this , where you can literally take a ‘print’ of the Eq of a track you like , and apply that flavour to yours !