How To Start Mixing As A Hobby

If you are looking for something different this long period of COVID19, and thinking about what you can start, even an interesting, and challenging one, another good option is mixing.

If you’re enjoying listening to music, this is the time to step up from listening to creative mixing, due to the affordability of resources like free audio stems and platform online from downloading a free DAW and the availability of audio practice tracks in hundreds of different genres.

Now everyone can be creative like a mixing engineer, built a mix song from RAW multi-track audio into a well-blended sound of a stereo, all you have to do is convert your old laptop or desktop PC into a workstation. There is a lot of FREE DAW online as well as a tutorial for you to start.

To get you in mixing, invest first to the most important tool, your listening pro studio headphone, it’s a little bit pricey, but for beginner, I recommend Behringer HPS3000 model It is the cheapest it’s around $18-20 bucks, but it gives you more natural low frequencies which is translate a better sound result in mixing.

Now, If you are looking for a DAW recommendation, I use Reaper, this is a DAW and MIDI sequencer software created by Cockos. One reason why I use the current version because it’s very light and CPU friendly, it runs even for older Windows XP to Windows 10 or older Mac OS 10.5 and the newer one.

REAPER provides a fully-functional for the evaluation copy until you pay it for $60, a host to most industry-standard plug-in formats such as VST and AU, and can import all commonly used media formats, including video. REAPER and its included plug-ins are available for download in 32-bit and 64-bit format.

Mixing a song is 50% technical and 50% creative, I know some of you are a bit skeptical about technical but don’t intimidate because there’s a lot of tutorials online, as long as you started it becomes easy like other applications.

Now if you are enjoying music, my tips for you are to change the way you listen instead of enjoying music…

Start Analyzing Everything That You Hear From The Music

1. Mix Context – every genre has a different mix, try to listen to the mix that accompanies conditions or influences.

2. Visualize Every Element – train your ears to visualized every instrument one at a time, then two or three instruments at the same time.

3. Group The Frequencies – train your ears to listen to the group of low frequencies, group of mid, and the group of high frequencies.

4. Find The Focal Point – find the center of the mix, it is the rhythmic elements playing as the groove of the songs, allow your ears to hear other elements around the focal point.

5. Analyzed The Depth – like the 3-dimensional images, there is a sense of depth and space on every mix, by focus listening it helps your imagination to visualize that, it means your ears are now ready to start the mixing.

Along the way, there are so many tutorials out there, teaching mixing techniques, or stay around on this site, check our previous blogs from searching the right DAW to the basic steps to mixing.

One thing I would not recommend doing immediately for the hobbyist is to find a list of the best bang for your home studio like audio interface and mics, etc. It much better to hone your mixing skill first, using other bands’ audio track and train your ears until your mix translates closer to your referenced mixed.

From there, you can add more home studio stuff like audio interface and monitor speakers, if you want to make money from your hobby. Till the next blog my friend, and if you have any comments, please write down below, and don’t forget to join our list. Ciao!

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