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Apr 4, 2014

Confession: Thought My Mix Was Better Than The Pro Mix –

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  • The hardest part about mixing is making the track sound good on everything
    and in every environment. Of course, there’s only so much you can do, but
    that is really what sets apart the boys from the men.
    Posted by Tom Henryk on Apr 19, 2014
  • So true. I’ve fell into this trap many times, and still do hehe
    Posted by Vud Vuzela on Apr 16, 2014
  • I’ve been here, and to a great degree still am here. The car is the
    biggest problem for me, every little nuance has a different tone, reverb
    suddenly stands proud, vocals sound like they were recorded in a cardboard
    box, and lots of other odd things suddenly jump out of nowhere. It was
    great to hear someone so masterful volunteer the exact same experience: A
    few months ago I literally emailed my friends at work to tell them I’d
    gotten a better mix than Rob Cavallo did with Dookie, the disappointment
    once I heard my mix in my car was crushing but well deserved. Great to get
    some more insight into why this happens, I was thinking it was simply the
    speakers, hadn’t even occurred to me that it’s the listening space.
    Posted by Paul Hibbert on Apr 18, 2014
  • that’s why for “home” studios is better to use good headphones :) .
    Posted by GatoPaint on Apr 16, 2014
  • when I’m mixing, I listen on my smarthphone in my car , gameheadset and a
    radio in the kitchen (and homestudio offcourse :d), every time so it just
    sounds perfect on every platform..I don’t compare with a promix, never

    Grtzz Hedgehog and the Fox

    Posted by Ruben Vanbuel on Apr 17, 2014
  • another big speaker (yet no subwoofer) to monitor my bass a little so bass
    trapping will definitely help aswell.
    The disadvantage of headphones is the different stereo image and the fact
    that on headphones things sound clearer sometimes than on most speakers so
    a good sounding room is a really nice thing to have, you only believe me
    when you have tried it yourself. :)
    Posted by kjell159 on Apr 17, 2014
  • The least I guess you can say about Graham is that he’s extremely humble,
    despite any other deficiencies I may have mentioned in the past. It’s just
    that this clashes very strongly with the criticism I’ve made regarding his
    occasional preachiness, imo misguided, where it makes him seem very

    Graham, you have a confusing character. It’s like you’re of two minds.
    However, if I were to go any further with this, I guess it would get too
    personal and really none of my business, but just to put it out there…

    Posted by Typhoon792 on Apr 17, 2014
  • Still mix on your monitors though dont give up on them yet
    Posted by Codie Waldvogel on Apr 17, 2014
  • I have to use the headphones because of the very same reason. My room
    resonates at around 160Hz and it’s a living room so I can’t really go
    around and put sound dampeing all over the place. When I’m finished mixing
    with headphones I just go around and play the track on other devices – at
    least my cellphone and a boombox.
    And – I always check the spectral analyser. That thing really helps.
    Posted by mikosoft on Apr 16, 2014
  • I’ve done this for too long too, haha! Editing with earphones and very
    cheap desktop speakers, will never produce a quality mix, ever! Just my
    experience and opinion.

    Thanks for the honest share Graham!

    Posted by Vex T on Apr 16, 2014
  • OMG i have always had this problem. still havent found a proper solution.
    cant really make it sound special on small speakers or in a car. in fact i
    think im getting worse now that im aware of the problem haha. really need
    to sort out the room.
    Posted by daliksheppy on Apr 16, 2014
  • Yeah, but what can we do about it ?
    Posted by Keld Sørensen on Apr 16, 2014
  • Thanks, this was helpful. I also find sometimes that if I mix a whole song
    using headphones, it sounds shit on speakers. Hard to get the balance right
    because sometimes it can sound good on speakers but not headphones.
    Everything I understand about mixing tracks is all from trial and error
    over 7 years of me messing about with recording through high school, so
    there really is a lot of stuff I probs have no clue about. I have some
    tracks like “Dosed” by RHCP on my channel, This Mankind. Check it out if
    you want. Feedback of the mix would be great :)
    Posted by Stewart Wallace on Apr 16, 2014
  • My solution, although it may be criticized, is that I use a pair of Klipsh
    ProMedia 2.1 computer speakers. I’ve listened to a ton of music on them,
    hours and hours of music, and have them dialed in to whatever I’m listening
    to. Then I mix on them knowing how music should sound on them despite the
    lack of treatment in the room. Certain frequencies may resonate, but they
    resonate the same on all my music and I adjust accordingly via sub
    controls, etc. Once my regular music is how I like it, I listen to hours
    upon hours of music on them, accustoming my ears to how they sound. Then I
    make my mixes sound like the pro mixes.
    Posted by Michael Castro on Apr 16, 2014
  • yep, I know that feeling.
    Posted by S. Kern Ramsdell on Apr 16, 2014
  • foot away from each other but now they are about 80 cm (around 2,5 foot)
    apart from each other. (I now have my studio somewhere else.)
    That of course did a lot but by just decently absorbing the first
    reflections you make the stereo image even better and of course you also
    make a flatter frequency response and less ambient room (RT60).
    I still need to make some bass traps, my speakers arë really small (look at
    the price :) ), only 3 inch woofers but I have another set of big stereo
    speakers and
    Posted by kjell159 on Apr 17, 2014
  • Couldnt agree more, thinking my mix was better only cause it hid the
    imperfections of my enviroment. luckily ive gotten used to how my room
    messes up the sound and can compensate for it fairly decently. But one
    HEADPHONES AT ALL COSTS!. It will not only show you mix problems but
    balance between L and R rooms can hide.
    Posted by Codie Waldvogel on Apr 17, 2014
  • My studio monitors only cost me €137, thats around a $150.
    At fist they sounded like they werent the best speakers (because they
    arent) but now I have some absorption panels on my walls (no Auralex,
    Vicoustics or whatever just plain foam panels you find in a DIY shop but
    they are actually the same material: polyurethane) and they sound WAY more
    professional now.
    I especially have a better sense of stereo imaging now. (My first ‘studio’
    was my SMALL bedroom where my speakers where less than a
    Posted by kjell159 on Apr 17, 2014
  • I think ur great at what u do. But why even have a home recording studio
    with the acoustic foam and all the goodies to make it sound great if it is
    miss leading, how can u get ur mix to sound good in ur room and in
    everywhere else
    Posted by Torn Horizon on Apr 19, 2014
  • Awesome Graham, good stuff!
    Posted by soundeng1 on Apr 19, 2014