Basic/Beginners Mixing Concepts – Readjusting

Posted: January 21, 2011 in Mixing

you probably notice that your track sounds a lot better than before but still isn’t finished,

there are some instruments that don’t fit like every other instrument, some peaks on some drum samples are too high and noticeable and need to be pushed back into the mix,

may be you want to push back only the obvious peaks, or make the other drums peaks higher and more aggressive, it’s your artistic freedom and you can choose where you want to go with your mix.

of course you have to pay attention that it’s still sounds good.

so until now we used :

1. Volume & Panning

2. Stereo Width

3. Compressors & Envelope Shapers

4. EQs

5. Reverbs

we done all that and you must be asking your self:

why isn’t it finished yet ? what’s next ?

next is a subject called Readjusting.

readjusting should be done after you take a long break and your ears are relaxed and fresh, because here we are going to make small changes mostly, changes that tired ears won’t notice or recognize.

readjusting means fixing small things, make small changes while we listen to the whole mix and see if the change is helping the big picture,

remember if you put a new effect and you don’t hear a change, don’t use it.

these small changes can be anything from lowering the send to a reverb and changing the volume or panning, or may be removing a compressor that don’t help like we thought at the beginning.

after you finished readjusting, take a long break and again readjust, do this until one time after a long break you sit in front of the computer and the mix sounds good without adjusting.

the best way to readjust would be to focus on one element, that means if you are readjusting reverb sends, focus on that, mostly, don’t let your mind move to volumes for 15 minutes, all of a sudden and then return to reverb sends for 20 minutes again, this will most likely confuse you.

of course if you are lowering a reverb send and the volume of one instrument is too obvious suddenly you should lower it a little (fix it), this should take 5 seconds, and then keep working on the reverbs again.

when you are tired, stop readjusting, this is a very subtle changes that need to be done mostly.

as you go a long and readjusting you will feel that there is less and less to readjust, that’s good, that’s where you want to go,

and now you can be less focused and keep your ears listening for mistakes coming from all the elements together:

1. Volume & Panning

2. Stereo Width

3. Compressors & Envelope Shapers

4. EQs

5. Reverbs

remember that our mix sounds good in this stage so don’t make big changes, a small change in this stage can go a long way – make a big difference 🙂


when you think you have finished the mix, take a test on a shit box.

shitbox means two speakers that are not high quality and actually some say even sounds a little bad.

write notes, what need to be adjusted, listen to reference on the shitbox too and fix things according to your notes.


soon I will upload the project in 24bits 44.1Khz wav files so you can mix it your self and practice.

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