6 Pro Mixing Engineer Tips From 6 Renowned Mix Engineers

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They say that a good mix and make or break a track. Sure, some may argue that the songwriting is the most important part, but a counter-argument to that is mixing is an integral part of the songwriting itself.

We’ve compiled a list of 6 mixing tips from 6 industry pros.

The following mixing tips are from:
  1. Mark Ralph (Clean Bandit, Hot Chip)
  2. Amir Amor (Rudimental)
  3. Robbbie Bronnimann (Howards Jones)
  4. Darrell Thorp (Radiohead, Paul McCartney)
  5. John Barrett (Abbey Road, George Ezra, Mike Skinner)
  6. Chris Bolster (Abbey Road)

6 Mixing Tips From 6 Mix Engineers

Mark Ralph
When you have limitless choices and a limitless amount of ‘undos’ it can sometimes give you too much and you’ll never quite finish. I’m a hybrid - I have an SSL desk but use Pro Tools, combined with lots of outboard gear and hardware synths. It means once I decide on a sound and record the performance, that's it, it’s done.
Amir Amor
I like using parallel compression. Everything is double tracked (including vocals) and phase-aligned, so you’re not hearing a directly compressed vocal but a clean vocal and a compressed one below it.
Robbie Bronnimann
I am brutal about going through every channel and removing all the things that are ugly with narrow Q’s, all before I do any boosting. What I find amazing when listening to records now compared to 30 years ago is that because we have such surgical tools it affords the ability to remove things but still make them sound huge.
Darrell Thorp
One of the biggest things I’ve learned to do is multi-band compress the high-to-mid frequencies. I’ll carve out the wispy frequencies in the tip end whilst keeping the vocal at the forefront of the mix. You really do have to tame down those louder 3kHz-plus frequencies so it sounds smooth and natural.
John Barrett
If you’ve got lots of elements trying to occupy the same sonic space, ask yourself whether they all need to be there. You can sometimes quite savagely filter the top end on certain sounds or the low end on others. You can play around with stereo enhancement, you can put ambience on things to put them in different perspectives and spaces. But there's a lot to be said for just choosing another sound.
Chris Bolster
Two mixers will have different interpretations of a mix, both having elements that are more appealing than the other. But, the best mix is one that represents the song in the most satisfying way to the artist and production team.

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