Recording at home, you get plenty of access to your own sounds, your own projects. And as you dial in your approach on your projects, there is a strong danger of sounding like yourself. All your mistakes and ideas multiplied across every track you work on.
So it makes sense to get out of your own little world and practice your craft with other tunes. You can’t do that with every stage of the process, but there are some opportunities to practice mixing. Check out Mixing Secrets, which maintains a catalog of free stems for you to download and practice mixing yourself.
One thing that you might notice is that your strategies don’t work in these different tunes and that you have to embrace some new techniques. You’ll have to learn your gear inside and out to really adapt to new situations. And when you come back to your projects, you might see things a little differently.
That’s just a small part of the incredible resource of Mix Secrets. Audio examples and demonstration files show you a plethora of mix techniques that it would take a lifetime to master.
Mix Secrets is a division of Cambridge Music Technology and run by Mike Senior of Sound on Sound. He brings years of experience to the fore and offers up a comprehensive education on mixing. For free. At the very least, you’ll come away with some tips to improve your own projects.