How to… ref­er­ence like a pro

Future Music - - FEATURE | MIXING FOR THE CLUB -

We’ve looked at ref­er­enc­ing tech­niques, but here’s one strat­egy to help you keep the mix’s big picture in mind and avoid ‘copy­ing’ those ref­er­ence tracks. Sim­ply A/B back and forth be­tween your mix and the ref­er­ence track, but dis­re­gard de­tails and only vi­su­alise a broad overview of four com­po­nents: bass, low-mid, high-mid and tre­ble. How solid is the ref­er­ence track’s bass com­pared to yours? Are your tre­ble fre­quen­cies too ‘flat’? If needed, load an EQ on your master and band-pass the fre­quency ar­eas you want to com­pare. By fo­cus­ing only on this four-part overview, you’ll hear what your mix is lack­ing.

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