To improve your skills as a budding mixing or mastering engineer you are kindly advised to religiously learn these words of wisdom, because they will help in your mixing & mastering journey.
Henceforth, the following tips and hints and are based on real life experiences and have been put to use in real scenarios. Without wasting time let’s get into it.
1. Stick To One Genre of Music!
First and foremost stick to ONE genre of music and run with it. Don’t try to be a jack of all trades by attempting to mix or master all kinds of music genres and whatever “new noise” is out there.
If you personally like Hip Hop or EDM music, then make it mandatory that you learn all the intricacies of that ONE particular genre of music you are obsessed with.
For example, mixing Rock music isn’t the same as mixing EDM therefore it makes no sense that you should find yourself tinkering with EDM music yet you want to be a Rock mixing engineer.
Another thing is that musicians themselves don’t want their music mixed by a guy who tries to do it all. For instance an EDM or Pop artist wouldn’t trust a bluegrass mixing/mastering engineer to touch their music and vice versa.
2. Put Some Respek on The Record!
To be a world renowned mixing/mastering engineer you have to make your clients distinguish your expertise skills from the rest of the amateurish bunch – the noobs and the sheep.
Remember when clients are hiring you, they are hiring your services because of the respek you can put on the record.
Your signature sound is your selling point, it’s not just basic mixing but that which is accompanied with a slight touch of artistic sound design – the an art of putting some respek on the record.
E.g sometimes clients will hand you material were the drums are weak and it’s your duty to put some respek on the track via transparent drum replacement.
N.B “Transparent drum replacement” means you remove the clients “weak drums” and you put your own samples in such a way they won’t notice it and that’s a combination of professional mixing and sound design.
3. Don’t Attempt to Mix Boring Songs!
There are times when a client will give you material which is just plain boring. The problem is you can’t tell the client that their song is trash! Otherwise you might ruin your reputation.
The best way to deal with this issue is to just avoid mixing boring songs altogether because your lack of enthusiasm will make the entire song even worse.
So if you know that “client X” has boring music which is the suck of suck. Then whenever “client X” hits you up, you reference them to another mixing engineer to deal with all that mess.
But when “client Y” asks for your services and apparently they make music you love then there shouldn’t be any hesitations. You just do it! As simple as that.