Learn about reference tracks, how to get inspiration and how to set up a reference track in your project.
Sources for Reference Tracks00:00:00
How to Properly Import a Reference Track Into Your DAW00:00:00
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The “Static” Mix
Learn how to create the first version of your mix.
Analyzing a Reference Track
Learn how to use a spectrum analyzer to understand how a professionally produced track was mixed and mastered and apply what you learn to your own tracks.
What is a Spectrum Analyzer00:00:00
Analyzing the Reference Track00:00:00
Applying What We Learned
In this section, we'll start applying what we learned about the reference track in terms of how the instrument volumes were balanced and how to set their levels.
Applying the Reference Track – Drums00:00:00
Applying the Reference Track – Bass00:00:00
Applying the Reference Track – Synths00:00:00
Applying the Reference Track – Effects00:00:00
Volume Tweaks and Listening00:00:00
“Top Down Mixing” Stage 1 – Mixbus Processing
In stage one of the "top down" mixing approach, we use effects on the master channel.
Mixbus Processing – EQ00:00:00
Mixbus Processing – Compression00:00:00
“Top Down Mixing” Stage 2 – Group Processing
In this section, we'll start mixing the instrument groups to get closer to the finished result for our song.
Group Mixing – Drums00:00:00
Group Mixing – Synths00:00:00
Mixing the Bass00:00:00
Mixing the Sub Bass00:00:00
Group Mixing – Effects00:00:00
Group Mixing – Before and After Comparison00:00:00
“Top Down Mixing” Stage 3 – Sounds and Instruments
In stage 3 of the "top down" mixing approach, we mix the individual sounds and instruments. By this stage, your song should already be close to sounding mixed.
Reference Track Stereo Analysis00:00:00
Mixing the Kick Drum00:00:00
Mixing the Other Drum Sounds00:00:00
Mixing the Lead00:00:00
Mixing the rest of the Synths00:00:00
Mixing the Effects00:00:00
Final Mix Tweaks00:00:00
At this point, our track is fully mixed using minimal processing and without any complex mixing techniques or too many plugins. this will make mastering a much simpler and more straight-forward process.
Stereo Width and Balance00:00:00
Saturation and Loudness Maximization00:00:00
Final Song Listening00:00:00