The other day, I sent out an email asking what questions I could answer from my subscribers.
Here’s one question that I answered that I think will help more people:
The Question-(Used by permission)
Well, currently, my guitars are sounding wider in the stereo space than my drums. I use Reason 4.0 to program my drums. I’ve tweaked the samples myself but my drums in Reason never match up to the drums on cd’s I listen to. They aren’t as big and powerful and they are kind of stuck in the middle of the stereo field. I use a 20ms delay on my guitars to create their space but they end up wider than my drums. My drums sound very weak and are usually out powered by other elements of the mix.
Another thing to think about is getting valid, useful, insightful, trustworthy advice from recording professionals. When I’m searching for answers it’s somewhat hard to find the correct information. That’s why I really appreciate guys like yourself! You’ve help me a lot and I haven’t paid a dime! haha. I’m grateful for your free help!!
– Andrew Lawrence
and my answer:
Hey Andrew. I know we’ve talked about this before (probably)… but are you comparing your mixes to mixes like the Breaking Benjamin stuff we talked about on YouTube?… I mean REally comparing..
I usually put my reference song on another track and flip between them to see what the difference is.
Your ears have a VERY short memory… and not very reliable. That’s why finding away to “bounce” between the 2 sources (theirs and your mix) is critical… I did it yesterday and it completely changed how my mix came out.
One more tip I can give you is to find a set of speakers that YOUR mix sounds bad and the other mix sounds good on… could be headphones, computer speakers, radio shack speakers… just find SOMETHING that your mix sucks on while the other one sounds GREAT or just good on…
You’ll be on the right track.
Question: What speakers have you found that good mixes sound really good and bad mixes sound really bad? Computer speakers? I’m listening.