In terms of mixing, balance is considered as one of the most essential parts of making a professional sounding production. Some of similar miscalculations are made always and luckily, there are ways to avoid, recognize, and fix them. Below are some of the common mixing mistakes you should avoid:
Low frequencies that are often pushed too far in the mix happen frequently. A lot of musicians and engineers want the music have authority, girth, and a huge bottom end to compete with the commercial music. Nevertheless, more isn’t always better. Boomy bass makes big problems in numerous places it’s reproduced, sounding distorted, and obscuring higher frequencies. Most often, the bass and kick are mixed at inappropriate levels. If it keeps happening in your mix, you should listen on several systems to have an idea of the levels. After that, evaluate your monitoring. The un-neutral listening environments and room modes may mask the fact that you could be boosting bass frequencies. Utilize an analyzer plugin to check out what’s going on in the spectrum and compare an analysis of the reference track.
Harsh and Bright
Aside from compression, brightness is a favorite tool of engineers for catching people’s attention. When correctly used, the high frequencies may add energy, emotion, and sparkle to a track. However, when not in balance, the high frequencies make the mix sound harsh, thin, and fatiguing. The first inclination of many people is to improve bass, yet this may reinforce the boomy bass issue. The best and first step is cutting. The ears are sensitive to highs, particular around the 2K to 5K range. Consider cutting in this part of spectrum on the instruments that could be occupied by the space. Take care not in cutting a lot on the most essential instrument as this could be a matter of a lot of parts in the area. In addition to that, double check some effects besides EQ. There are times that compression, some plugins or reverb may add unwanted high-end sheen that could sound good soloed, yet might not work food as part of the mix.
Loudness War continues in the modern music with the mixes constantly becoming compressed. A lot of music engineers try contributing to the war through limiting dynamic range too much, squashing instruments, and overall mix. If you’re hiking up the ratios, lowering thresholds, and adding the compressors on each track, it could be time to reassess the production quality. Take note that the human ear is sensitive and even if the initial listen is ear-catching, compressing too much may cause annoyance, ear fatigue, and skipping some tracks while listening.
This is a modern mixing mistake to get rid of. Rather than throwing your compressors on, relax and listen. It isn’t imperative to have each aspect of the songs jump out at the listener. Apply these to the main melody instruments, bass or some sounds that could have inconsistent levels. Not only the mixes will sound better, it will also avoid the mistake.