Hi! I have much to learn about mixing and mastering, and would appreciate you advise me about it (tips, software, articles, books…).
Greetings to all and sorry for for my english!
There’s no shortcut, really. Reading articles etc. helps, but practice makes perfect. Just mix, mix, mix! I think I learn new stuff almost every time while mixing.
And yeah, learning to how to use EQ and compressor are really essential skills while starting mixing.
Actually, this topic was discussed several times here. Have some links:
Motion – A Mastering Experiment
The principles of self-mastering an Electronic track: EQ’ing
Tip #2: Use compression (correctly).
Tip#3. Compare with other songs!
Tip #4: Pan.
haha seriously though I agree with nahkaorava: It’s not a one tip does the trick situation. Mixing is such a big deal you pretty much just have to start trying, run into a problem, research the problem, move on, run into another problem, research the problem, and so on and so forth.
Tip#5: Analyse other mixes and learn from it
Tip#6: Speakers (Buy good speakers, learn how to place them (read the first chapter of: “mixing with your mind”), learn your speakers)
Tip#7: Tip#0!!! always trust your earsI also wrote a nice article about frequencies on my blog. Maybe you find it interesting: http://akingsmercury.com/frequency/