The fourth installment of the iconic Platinum Breakz album series on Metalheadz is out now. I’m happy and proud to be a part of it and wanted to celebrate the release by doing something a little bit special. I wanted to bring you guys some knowledge straight from the trenches.
So I took to it and spoke to many of the artists featured on the album. I asked them to share advice on things they find useful in their music creation process. It goes without saying these guys are all at the top of their game so I was as interested as anyone else about picking some brains! In this article I will also expand and share some further thoughts of my own on each topic. Let’s see what they’re saying…
You’ve spent all day on your tune, and you’re so happy with it that you feel it’s time to mixdown, you start getting really into eq’ing and building the vibe.. cranking the speaker levels up and feeling the finshing line is just ahead? STOP.
Mixdown for sure and take away the mix, but take a break from the track for a few days, more often than not there will be some sort of issue in there that you weren’t hearing, and it’s a simple bit of remedial work and perhaps going in again on the arrangement to get the best out of the tune..
But again moderation is the key when it comes to your final mix.. sometimes the frequencies that poke out of a mix can sound a little “wrong” on high class monitoring but actually give a track some character.. as important as it is to get your mix clear, is the vibe itself, which if you go too far overboard you will more often kill that vibe for the sake of a “technically” perfect mix.
Take breaks, keep the balance!
I’ve fallen victim to this trap countless times, especially when it comes to overworking the final mix. The vibe is crucial and it’s easy to kill it if you go by the book and follow all the classic mixing advice.
Get to know the ‘enveloper’ plugin in Logic. Very simple and really useful for controlling drum hit / percussion dynamics.
It’s essentially a transient shaper but very easy to use and very low CPU.