A Beginner's Guideto Mixing


  1. 1.Introduction and Sound Selection

    Welcome to my beginner's guide to mixing! In this section, you will learn what mixing is all about and how this guide has been organized. You will also find some important information about how sound selection relates to mixing.

  2. 2.Setting the Levels

    Getting your levels set is one of the most important parts of mixing. It may seem simple, but there's actually a lot to learn. In this section I will introduce you to a number of tools that will be useful while mixing. I will also explain the leveling process in depth, provide some tips, and introduce you to the concept of reference mixing.

  3. 3.Panning and Stereo

    Using stereo well allows you to position elements while creating a sense of space or width in your music. In this section of the tutorial, I will introduce you to a number of tools and techniques that can be useful while mixing in stereo.

  4. 4.Equalization (EQ)

    EQ is great for cleaning up your mix and allowing the different sounds to be heard clearly. In this section I will be explaining what frequency is, introducing you to the parametric EQ, and sharing some tips and techniques for equalization.

  5. 5.Signal Flow, Busses, and Sends

    Understanding signal flow is essential for a producer. It relates to mixing, sound design, and mastering. In this section I will explain signal flow and take a look at some different types of mixer tracks and what you can use them for.

  6. 6.Reverb and Delay

    Reverb and Delay can be used to give your music a sense of space, depth, and atmosphere. In this section I will introduce these tools and provide a number of tips and techniques for using them to help your mixes come alive.

  7. 7.Compression and Dynamics

    Compression allows you enhanced control over the dynamics of your sounds. In this section, I will introduce you to compression and other dynamics processing tools and explain how you can use them effectively.

  8. 8.Phase and DC Offset

    Phase is a property of sound waves that effects how different sounds relate to each other when combined. In this section I will describe phase in detail and explain how you can use this knowledge to enhance the way that your sounds fit together.

  9. 9.Timing and Dynamic Mixing

    Music is movement, so sometimes it is necessary to have movement, or automation, in your mix as well. In this section I introduce you to dynamic mixing and explain when it might be appropriate to apply this concept.

  10. 10.Combining the Elements

    The order of the topics in this tutorial is relevant to the learning process, but you should probably apply these concepts in a different order when it comes to actually mixing a track. This section is all about how the different areas of mixing relate to and work with each other to produce the final result.