5 Things to Try When a Mix Is Kicking Your Butt

By October 30, 2016Mixing

I was just hanging out with my kiddos watching a movie when an idea for a blog post hit me. If you’re anything like me (and probably 99% of mixers out there) you may experience a rollercoaster of emotions throughout the mixing process.

Does this sound familiar?

The Mixing Process:

  1. This is awesome
  2. This is tough
  3. This sucks
  4. I suck
  5. This might work out…

Trust me, I’ve been there too. Every. Single. Mix. Lol!

Here are five suggestions to help get you through those tough moments during the mixing process.

1. Take a Break

Sometimes a 10-minute break to pour another cup of coffee or to grab a snack is all it takes to get you back on track. Other times, it could be an hour or even a day later before the motivation or concentration comes back to you. Deadlines can make taking a day off unrealistic, but sometimes I’ll move on to something else. Are there any other songs that need to be prepped? Do that and come back to the current mix when you’re feeling fresh.

2. Focus on what IS working

Are the guitars or keys causing issues? Maybe it’s the vocals? Mute those elements and focus on getting awesome drum sounds or making sure your low end is just right. Making progress in other areas of the mix will help you, well… Make progress!

If the tracks weren’t recorded well or the arrangement is a bit clustered, I like to focus on the drums or the beat. Not only is it fun to take bland and boring drum sounds to another level, it can also build the foundation for a killer mix.

*Quick tip: This is something I do in every single mix. Add an EQ to the stereobuss and filter out the top end to focus on the lows and sub frequencies. Reference your low end against your favorite industry mixes and tighten up your low end as a way to make progress.

Here’s a video to demonstrate this quick tip:

3. Identify the trouble areas and run a search

It goes without saying that Google is an invaluable resource. However, it can be tough to decipher what’s junk and what’s truly going to help you. There are a handful of sites that I can recommend with confidence. Depending on what you’re after, one of these is sure to help.

The Pro Audio Files | Produce Like A Pro | The Recording Revolution | Pensado’s Place

*There are many awesome audio blogs/sites. These are just some of my favorites off the top of my head. I respect just about anyone who offers free content with the drive to help others be better. 😉

4. Ask a friend whose ears you trust

If you don’t already belong to a community forum, Facebook group, or even a paid mixing community like The Mix Academy then I HIGHLY recommend surrounding yourself with like-minded people who you can lean on for help in your time of need.

I have a private folder in the cloud that I share with my good friend, Joey Fernandez. I trust his ears with my life and he and I just click when it comes to mixing and taste in music. I can’t encourage you enough to find your Joey and watch how much it helps you on your mixing journey.

*Right now we have several sick bonuses and offers to help drive you into The Mix Academy. Click here to learn more about the community!

5. Mix Like the Pros — 90-Day Coaching Program

Want to know the #1 thing that helped me go from high school dropout to successful entrepreneur and professional mixer with over 200 million streams worldwide?


It’s been over 10 years since the first time I sat over a pro mixer’s shoulder and that one session changed my career.

Order of events:

  1. Read books and manuals to learn everything I could about mixing (no YouTube back then)
  2. Paid to become Pro Tools expert certified (bleh)
  3. Found a studio where awesome records were being made
  4. Landed an assistant’s gig with an amazing mixer
  5. Followed the advice/lessons he taught me about recording & mixing
  6. Began to make killer music and get paid for it

Since that time I’ve continued to put education at the top of my priority list. And each time I find a coach/mentor I 3x or even quadruple my investment within 6 months.

The problem? Good mixers with the time to teach are hard to find. And when you do find one, they either expect you to bring them coffee for months on end or want a huge chunk of $$$ to share their “secrets” with you.

That brings me to this…

I’ve built a business around both mixing and mentoring.

  • My courses have helped thousands of producers and mixers achieve incredible results
  • The Mix Academy continues to serve over 500 loyal students driven towards better mixes
  • My mixes have reached over 200 million streams worldwide

Today, I’m excited to announce 10 open slots for a brand-new personal audio coaching program, Mix Like the Pros.

Mix Like the Pros, is a 90 day audio coaching program where I will personally work with you to take your mixes to the next level.

This program is for people who are determined to hit their goals in 2018. And who want every advantage possible to get there.

Click here to learn more about what’s included and what the program can do for you!

*Spots are extremely limited due to the time it takes to work one-on-one. If you’re interested in working closely with me and are aiming to step up your mixes, don’t hesitate to jump head first into this new coaching opportunity. Your mixes will improve drastically or I’ll provide a full refund. Learn more here.

Make Your Next Mix Your Best Mix with The VIP Mix Training Bundle...

($27 Free Today)

Download my exact mix template, resume building multitracks from multiple genres, reverb impulse response libraries, and more. All to help you find the right path to better mixes.


Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.