It happens far too often.
People try to create big-sounding mixes using mixing tricks.
I’m all for mixing tricks, but I’ve found that the biggest contributor to how big my mix sounds is the production behind it. Specifically, what parts were recorded.
I ran into this issue on my most recent EP, which I released late last year.
I was mixing one of the songs, and the final chorus simply wasn’t hitting hard enough. I tried several mix tricks to make it sound bigger, but they just didn’t work.
Finally, I decided what to do. I grabbed a mic, took 10 minutes, and gave the song exactly what it needed.
It’s a trick that can work in your mixes too. Check it out on my latest video:
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Joe Gilder is a Nashville based engineer, musician, and producer who also provides training and advice at the Home Studio Corner.