Hey guys Dave Maxey here from HomeMusicStudio1.com. So just had a couple of quick thoughts that I wanted to shoot out to you guys.
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So of all the questions that I get asked on a regular basis of the top three is how do I train my ears for mixing, ok. You know what my answer to this question might be a lot simpler than what you would think.
I know that if we sit down and Google a little bit of ear training you're gonna find that there are several tools out there to kind of help with this subject.
There are some software out there that will generate tones and kinda give you a quiz on what it is that you think you're hearing and to help you develop, ok this is what 12k sounds like, this is what 60Hz sounds like.
They're also tools online that you can use to test your hearing. It's amazing to me how many people are mix engineers even in the
home studio who have never had their hearing tested.
So those are all important tools and I'm not discounting them in any stretch of the imagination. I want to encourage you to do a little research on your own in find out what might be available to you.
Here's how I first answer the question, how do I train my ears for mixing? The first in very most important thing you need to do is listen to a lot of professionally recorded mixed and mastered projects, ok.
Here's the key with that you need to be listening to those projects in the space that you're mixing in, preferably whether it's the headphones or the exact studio position you're mixing in is going to be ideal.
So what you see around you right now is his home base, this is Home Music Studio 1 if you will, okay so I'm in my basement I got a little bit of acoustic treatment in this room.
I'm not discounting the fact that maybe your space is not perfectly acoustically treated or maybe you've just got a pair of earphones.
Alright, in those situations yes what we're we're officially hearing technically can kind of lie to you a little bit in regards to frequencies versus what's coming out of your monitors or your headphones.
However, if you are listening on a regular basis to a lot of different styles of music that I've been professionally recorded mixed and mastered, you are training your ear to hear what quality sounds like. That's immensely important when it comes to mixing.
Years ago I used to be a house engineer, a contracted engineer and so I would be hired by a company to to bring in a PA and then to be the house engineer for local concerts. Sometimes larger headlining bands.
One of the things I would do that I found worked really well to kind of prepare the fans as they were gathering in their seats and getting ready to hear their favorite concert from whatever band that was playing.
We would have background music playing on CD a little bit lower obviously than the concert itself. I would simply just roll the highs out of those tracks as they began to play people are coming in and being seated make the music in the background a little bit dull.
What I found happened is it made as the band started it made the band nice and clear nice and present. It just made the live music sound better to the listener.
Now why is that the case? Truth be told our ears are very relative alright, in other words have you been playing a track or maybe you're working on a project and it sounds great sounds amazing to you you've been listening for several minutes maybe several hours.
Then you you even hopped on YouTube and you played the newest a Adele release or you played a new high end track from what are your favorite bands and suddenly your project doesn't quite sound as good?
Well our ears get used to hearing tones a certain way and it's relative. In other words you can compare tones to another and a lot of times we don't necessarily listen to enough quality music to train our ears for mixing.
So I want to encourage if you want to get better at hearing what should sound good or what should, what your mix should sound like, what a mix sounds like that is good; then listen to good mixes.
Listen to professional-quality mixes in the environment, preferably right in the space that you're mixing in, and I guarantee you, over time you will begin to train ears for mixing.
You will begin to hear tones in ways that you haven't before and you begin to gravitate toward what qualities sounds like for your own projects.
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