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Tip #1 10 Ways to Improve

Your Mixing Efficiency

by Jules De Gasperis

Streamlining and improving your workflow during mixing is a key

component of the job. The more you can free yourself from doing all

the little pesky tasks, the more you can focus on your actual craft.

Here are ten tricks to help optimize efficiency while mixing:

1. Organize Your Plug-Ins by Category

Rather Than by Manufacturer.

Most DAWs will let you do that.

2. Create Your Own Mixing Template.

We all develop habits when mixing and have our own favorite

plugins for the various instruments. A mixing template with

your favorite plugins already loaded in the correct tracks will

save you a lot of time.

3. Split Your Tracks into Sub-Tracks to

Deal with Tonal Changes.

If a guitar part plays subtly in the verse and suddenly opens up

during the chorus, separate the region in two or more tracks

and treat them differently.

4. Reach for Plug-Ins That Are Faster

to Use.

Sound quality should always prevail when it comes to mixing.

But there is a big argument to be made for ease-of-use when

it comes to plugin selection. Some plugins get the job done

faster than other, with a similar (if not better) sound quality.

5. Save Your Own Presets.

Sometimes, a sluggish or convoluted plugin can be worth it,

especially when it really does offer better sound quality, or

will do something that no other plugin in your arsenal can. To

offset the time it takes to set it up, save your own presets with

basic settings that are already dialed-in much of the way, so

you only need to fine-tune them later.

6. Find Your Automation Parameters

More Quickly.

If you have trouble finding the name of the parameter you

want to automate in a plugin or virtual instrument, put your

track in touch or latch mode, start playback, and simply click

The brainworx bx_dynEQ v2 is an active EQ that I find to be absolutely

great, but complicated to set up! Because of this, I created

3 presets that I usually start from: “Tame harshness 3kHz”, “Tame

honkiness 300Hz”, & “Soften treble 6kHz”.

on the knob you’d like to automate. You will then see its curve

(and name) appear in your automation window!

7. Know Your Shortcuts.

The awesome power of shortcuts will always be underrated.

8. Mentally Map Specific Plug-Ins for

Specific Uses.

When mixing, keeping a mental map of what to use and when

to use it is very healthy for helping to establish an efficient, forward-moving

process. Knowing what plugins work well on specific

instruments or solve specific issues is a huge time-saver.

9. Create A Vocal Sidechain Track

Right Away.

To help vocals cut through, set up a sidechain compressor on

instrument subgroups like keyboards, or guitars, and use the

lead vocal as the sidechain input. This allows you to slightly

and transparently duck these supporting instruments whenever

there’s singing.

10. Use A Good Mouse.

Don’t be afraid to invest some extra bucks on that type of tool.

Gaming mouses are comfortable and allow you to assign their

extra buttons to DAW functions you use all the time, which

saves you time and repetitive movements.

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