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The better your mixes, the better the mastering result!

Here are some free mixing tips to improve your mixes - remember they are just starting points: always use your ears.

1. cut the bass and the kick drum below 30 Hz.
2. cut the synths below 150 - 250 Hz, and above 7000 / 8000 Hz.
3. no heavy compression or limiter on the master buss.
4. use reverb to create a sense of depth.
5. no reverb below 100 Hz.
6. try to see the mix as a 3dimensional cube where each sound/instrument has its own place in the mix, left, right, front, back.
7. work with busses: drum bus, instrument bus, fx bus, bass bus etc.
8. each bus has its own compression, usually compress things 4 to 5 db max.
9. only work with reverb sends and delay sends.
10. make sure the drums aren't too upfront in the mix - use reverb (between 100 and 7500 Hz)
to have them sit well in the mix.
11. watch out for harsh sounds in the 8000 - 12000 Hz area - bring them down with eq or back in the mix with reverb.
12. cut the frequencies you don't need without making instruments thin - let the music breath.
13. work with fx to create atmospheres and different colors.
14. keep the bass and the kick in the center, no panning here.
15. if instruments use the same frequencies, pan them otherwise they interfere with eachother and clutter your mix.
16. when working with vocals, make room for them by cutting other sounds (except drums) 3 db around 600 Hz and also a bit around 1200 Hz.
17. use the right eq for the right task.
18. take short breaks every 2 hours and pick up where you left with fresh ears.
19. save your mix every 10 minutes or so and create different edits of your projects after significant changes: edt 1, edit 2, edit 3 etc.
20. work in a 24 bit, 44.1 or 96 kHz environment.
21. render your mixes in 24 bit, with peaks around -10 to -3 db max: leave some headroom to work with for the online audio mastering engineer.
22. use good reference monitors in a acoustically treated room if you can, or at least quality headphones.
23. do a lot of reading about the way reverb, compressors, equalizers, microphones, preamps, acoustics, harmonics, music theory, counterpoint and musical composition work.
24. make sure the vocalist is happy.
25. always use your ears and not just your meters.

Happy mixing!

The ITB Mastering Team

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