Professional Mixing For House Music Producers
Examples Of Mixing: Before & After
BEFORE - "Freaky Shit"
AFTER - "Freaky Shit"
BEFORE - "Who Da Fuq"
AFTER - "Who Da Fuq"
BEFORE - "Synthetic"
AFTER - "Synthetic"
"Why Is Mixing So Important?"
Mixing creates the first impression of your track. Better make it a good one!
You've put so much time into your production. But the irony is that your MIX (not the production) is going to create the first impression. Even an untrained ear can tell — immediately — if your mix is off. They might not be able to articulate what's wrong, but they can just "feel" that something isn't right.
It's like a resume. You can have the perfect experience for a job you want, but if you turn in a sloppy, handwritten resume, it's going straight to the bin. And like a bad mix, that ugly resume creates a negative first impression and stops someone from taking you seriously.
Got a bad mix? Next.
Think about "gatekeepers" like label A&Rs and DJs. You REALLY want to create a good first impression here. And the mix is the very first step — again, because they can hear the quality of your mix immediately.
Some labels (especially bigger labels) say that they don't care about the mix. But how could they not? It's the very first thing they notice about your track. They also know, in the mountain of demos, they'll find songs with a quality production AND a quality mix. It's really their #1 job to find and sign these songs (or someone else will).
If you pass the "first impression" mix test, the the label/DJ will scan the arrangement. Is it interesting, dynamic, the right style? If they like it, they'll "test" your track in the club to see (1) do people actually respond to it and (2) does it actually "translate" in the club. Which brings us back to mixing...
Your mix needs to translate in the club for practical reasons.
Most of us feel proud when our tracks sound as good as our references. And that's great. But beyond feeling good, there's a PRACTICAL side to making your mix sound as professional as your reference tracks:
- People need to FEEL your mix in the club. Literally. For example, if your track doesn't have danceable low end, people won't dance. And that's kind of the point of a dance track!
- You need to help the DJ create a coherent vibe. You don't want your track and mix to be the "weird" one in the set that killed the vibe because it didn't feel right.
You see, the number #1 job of a dance track is to get people dancing. And to make that happen, your mix needs to translate in the club.
Bottom line: You want your mix to create a great first impression. And you want your mix to translate in the club.
And that's what I can deliver to you...
Custom Video Breaking Down Your Mix
An in-depth analysis of the rough mix and reference tracks
A complete breakdown of the mix processing and structure
A video reference guide for mixing your own music.
Sometimes you need to hire a mixing engineer, but you also want to learn how to mix...
Maybe you need to hire a mixing engineer because...
- You need a professional mix ASAP (time crunch)
- You need to focus more on production or promotion
- You don't have the right tools or skills (yet)
Maybe you want to learn mixing because...
- It seems fun and you'll ultimately save money
- You’ll be a “full stack” producer (production + mixing skills)
- You’ll have 100% control over your sound
If that describes you, I offer a Professional Mix + Breakdown. In addition to mixing your track, I’ll create a 1-2 hour video breaking down every aspect of your mix, including:
How to start and finish a mix:
- A comparison of the references and the rough mix - what is missing?
- An analysis of the rough mix - what I like and what needs improvement?
- An analysis of the references - and how I used them to shape the final mix
Plus a technical breakdown of:
- How to use mixing tools like EQ and saturation to bring each sound to life
- The bus/group-level processing - and how to structure and organize a mix
- How to use master bus processing to take the mix to the professional level
Best part? You’ll learn about mixing in the context of your own music.
Watching someone mix your own music -- music that you’ve spent hours or weeks on -- is one of the best ways to learn.
You’re already intimately familiar with every detail of your track. So you can literally watch someone take the next 10, 20, … 100 steps in your track’s development that you weren’t able to see (yet).
So next time, when you sit down to mix, you’ll have a better idea of WHAT to do and WHEN to do it and WHY. And you’ll have a video reference that you can follow along with as you mix.
Mixing Submission Guidelines
Create a .zip folder including the following:
- Your project - Ableton Live or stems folder (WAV format)
- Reference tracks (WAV format) (at least one, more is better)
- Rough mix (WAV format) (optional, but highly recommended)
Upload this .zip folder to WeTransfer (2 GB max) or FileMail (no size limit).
After your purchase, you'll be redirected to the form where you can submit your download link.
Don't worry if you don't have everything ready right away. After your purchase, you'll be able to access the Mixing Submission Form any time.