18 Quick Mixing and Production Tips You Can Use Right Now
I met Cristofer Odqvist through a ReTweet. I don’t know who ReTweeted one of his mixing tips but I’m grateful because he’s gone on to write some incredible articles.
He has a way of presenting things that makes you want to immediately open your DAW and start experimenting.
I wanted to share a collection of some of his mixing and production tips from Twitter. If you dig these, please ReTweet or share the post!
[Update: Here’s 10 more]
Try a tempo synced tremolo on your reverb return.
— Production Tips (@MgntcSound) November 7, 2014
Humanize your shaker and percussion loops by automating a transient designer. Back off the attack in quieter sections and vice versa. — Production Tips (@MgntcSound) October 4, 2015
Present your hook in an almost subliminal way by loading a sample of it into an IR reverb and sending a rhythmic element to the reverb.
— Production Tips (@MgntcSound) May 20, 2014
Strings: double the part a few semi tones up/down and tune it back to the target pitch. You’ll blend different samples = more real sounding.
— Production Tips (@MgntcSound) October 26, 2014
Any melody line (vocal or instrumental) can be made richer by adding a harmony, sending it to a reverb and muting the dry sound.
— Production Tips (@MgntcSound) October 4, 2014
Make a pad or shaker track with verb 100% wet followed by a gate. A dry snare triggers the gate and gets a very interesting reverb tail! — Production Tips (@MgntcSound) May 5, 2014
On drum reverbs, use a transient designer and turn up the attack. It gets you a tighter reverb and punchier drums without spiky transients.
— Production Tips (@MgntcSound) June 15, 2015
A track needs more presence? Try brighten up the reverb instead of the dry sound. How does it sound different? How does it work in the mix? — Production Tips (@MgntcSound) September 10, 2014
When using several rhythmic loops, try moving them slightly (in samples or ms) to mess with phase. Interesting tonal artifacts often appear.
— Production Tips (@MgntcSound) September 12, 2014
Guitar parts played with a pick on single strings: Transient designers can make the player sound a lot more confident. Turn up the attack! — Production Tips (@MgntcSound) August 17, 2014
Automate tempo and go up a few BPM in the chorus. It adds excitement and life, just like when real musicians play together. Subtlety is key! — Production Tips (@MgntcSound) August 11, 2014
For dry sounds that sound a little detached from the other instruments, put a slap delay (80-100 ms), 0 FB, panned to the opposite side. — Production Tips (@MgntcSound) May 26, 2015
Use a filter in the low end to reduce the bass a bit in the verse, turn off the filter in the chorus. The chorus will have a greater impact! — Production Tips (@MgntcSound) August 1, 2014
ABBA used to speed up the pitch of the song (varispeed) and record vocals and then pitch it back to normal. Try this in your DAW. — Production Tips (@MgntcSound) December 7, 2014
Duplicate a track, pitch shift up 1 octave, insert reverb (100% wet) and mix in subtly with the original for a gentle kinda exciter effect!
— Production Tips (@MgntcSound) July 13, 2014
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