My Favorite Videos On Learning How To Mix

I started learning how to mix music in April 2017. And YouTube was my main teacher.

So I wanted to share the best videos on how to mix music that I’ve found. They have been soooo helpful to me. And I hope they help you.

The Basics Of Mixing Music

This was one of the first videos I watch on mixing. And it really explains the main idea and purpose of mixing.

The guy talks about mixing your song like a band is playing it on a stage, panning and changing the volumes so it sounds like they’re right in front of you.

I would highly suggest starting with this video.

The Basics Of How To Use EQ

This is just a short video of some pro mixing engineers on the importance, use, and misuse of EQ.

How To Mix Vocals

Graham Cochrane from The Recording Revolution puts out tons of super helpful content for DIY musicians. And he simplifies it for beginners, so his videos are the perfect place to start.

This one covers two methods for mixing vocals to sound professional.

How To Mix A Song From Scratch

This video is the first in a 6-part video series called “How To Mix A Song From Scratch.” It’s kind of my mixing bible. I’ve watched each video a couple times and I’m sure I’ll watch them again.

For the complete series, check out all the videos here.

Mixing Vocals To Sit Properly In Your Mix

Warren Huart doesn’t gear his video toward beginners as much as Cochrane, so sometimes the info he shares can be a bit overwhelming if you’re just starting out.

But this video is really helpful, if you have 22 minutes to sit down and watch it. He talks about some more intermediate-level methods and strategies that are pretty useful.

What About You?

Have you seen any good videos on mixing or recording? Post the link(s) in the comments so I can check ’em out.

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How To Make Vocals Sound Professional

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When it comes to recording, there is one thing that makes the professionals stick out from the amateurs:


In this article, we’ll be ​focusing on mixing vocals.

The first and maybe most important tip is to get a good sound before mixing.

Getting the best sounding recording of your vocals is the foundation of everything that follows.

Don’t move on until you’re happy with the quality. You can’t expect to just fix it in the mix.

Mixing is not a bandage — it’s a polish.

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How To Mix Vocals: A Guide For DIY Musicians

Mixing — it sounds overwhelming, doesn’t it? That’s always something I’ve left to the professionals. But the truth is, you can’t always afford the professionals.

That’s why learning how to mix vocals is an important skill to have as a DIY singer or musician.

how to mix vocals

After reading some articles, watching a crap ton of YouTube videos, and pulling from my (minimal) experience, here’s what I’ve found to be some great tips for DIY musicians.

Before you mix, you have to get a really good recording of your voice. You can’t just “fix it in the mix,” as inexperienced artists say.

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After you’ve gotten the best possible sound in the recording studio (or bedroom, basement, garage, etc.), you’ll enter the mixing phase. This is when you need to know when, if at all, to process your vocal sound.

Professional engineers know exactly how to mix vocals for the perfect sound, both in quality and in context of the song. And chances are, you’re not a pro engineer (or you wouldn’t be reading this article). But, thanks to some killer plugins for the current DAWs (digital audio workstations), you can get pretty close to pro level quality.

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When you mix instruments, you typically start with EQ and compression (in that order). Unless you have a really good preamp, you’ll want to start with EQ when mixing your vocals — it is an instrument after all! One thing I do is start with a plugins’ presets and modify the EQ from there to fit my liking.

In terms of compression on your vocals, if you’re recording jazz, folk, or classical music, experts say you should skip the compression. For pop and rock music, start by using 2-4 dB of compressions and a slow attack — this will help keep the natural sound of your voice.

After EQ and compression, you may want to consider these additional effects:

  • A parametric EQ (helps cut unneeded frequencies and make others pop)
  • More than one compressor
  • A de-esser (neutralizes mouth sounds like “s”, “z” and “sh”)
  • Multiple types of delays (with different lengths for different parts of the song)
  • Reverb

Ultimately, it comes down to your keen ear. As you work with EQ, compression, and these other effects, adjust the settings until it sounds good to you.

You’re in charge — you’re the DIY musician. The mix isn’t finished until you say it is.

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A version of this article was first published in iSing Magazine