Quick A/Bing tips

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LIKE FOR LIKE

As soon as you load a pro song into your ses­sion, line up and over­lay rel­e­vant sec­tions – for ex­am­ple, both drops. This way, when you lis­ten back and forth, the tracks will be at roughly equal ‘den­sity’ at that mo­ment. Com­par­ing a ref­er­ence track’s uber-loud cho­rus against your quiet break­down is point­less, af­ter all.

BROAD STROKES

Ref­er­enc­ing isn’t about copy­ing a song stylis­ti­cally – it’s the process of us­ing bet­ter mixes to guide your tech­ni­cal de­ci­sions. Yes, a fa­mous pro­ducer’s lat­est record prob­a­bly sounds in­cred­i­ble, and you want your mix to sound that way, but you should still main­tain an an­a­lyt­i­cal mind­set through­out. Don’t al­ter your cre­ative choices, as those give you your sound as an artist. Try flip­ping be­tween sev­eral ref­er­ence tracks, then take an ‘av­er­age’ and sit be­tween them.

CHOOSE CARE­FULLY

What genre are you pro­duc­ing? What style or ‘flavour’ of mix­down are you aim­ing for? Which of your favourite com­mer­cial re­leases sound con­sis­tently good ev­ery time? Your choice of ref­er­ence track is vi­tal, you see, and an­swer­ing these ques­tions will help you cu­rate your own batch. This is why pro en­gi­neers rely on their own col­lec­tion of proven mixes.

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