When mixing music, you have two people in the world. There are the ones who follow rules set out by others, and those who use their ears when making music. The ones who follow rules set out by others tend to miss out on the creative parts of the process. The ones who use their ears on the other hand, are the ones who typically create the rules for those who follow them. Music mistakes are less rigid and more focused on how you approach the process.
HP Filtering is when you are working with instruments in mid to high frequency range. You can ruin your mixes if you pay too much attention to guidelines and don’t use your own opinion in hearing.Why HP-filter your song?
When HP-filtering, you don’t want to take all the natural sounds from the song. That gives you a bland sound when mastering. High Passing the whole with a resonant High Pass filter is a great way to help boost the sub; making it more firm.
Ruining the Mixing Bus
Since streaming services like Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music, and more are taking over as the main ways to consume music, it’s making limiting (over limiting) of your mixes even less compelling.
Most of these streaming services apply volume normalization to the music on their platforms. Therefore you have no reason to over-limit your tracks nowadays. This also applies when applying limiters to a bus prematurely; thereafter making all your decisions based on that. It can lead to you ruining your track.
Using a set Rubric
When approaching the mixing process, you shouldn’t come into it with a “one size fits all” mindset. There’s no rubric or set guidelines that apply to every song every time. It all depends on the experience and opinion of a person. To really understand however you should pay attention to your music type instead of finding a quick way to mix.
Boosting or Cutting an EQ more than 3 DB
Some experts will tell you that you shouldn’t boost the EQ more than 3db. You shouldn’t take advice from experts so literal. When it comes to mixing, you’re better off experimenting.
That means that sometimes you will only need 3db of boosting or cutting. Then other times will need that 20db boosting of frequency.
The Solo Button
Misusing the solo button when mixing a track can lead to imbalance when it comes to the whole track. You can end up making one individual track sound fine, but not bring what it could to the mix entirely.
These tips will help you make less mistakes in your overall mixes.