Getting a good solid mix you're happy with can be real mountain to scale when you start out mixing from your home studio. One thing's for sure, there's not a home studio owner out there that hasn't felt that sinking feeling of creating an underwhelming mix.
So today I want to mention 3 big lessons that prevent that sinking feeling and help you to create consistent, pro quality mixes every time.
Firstly. A great mix doesn't actually depend so much on the mixing. In fact, I'd say about 75% of the quality of the end result is down to the quality of the recordings and samples you're working with.
Secondly. It's so easy when you're starting out to work through a mix looking at each individual track, kick, snare, overheads, bass, guitars etc...What you end up with is a bunch of individually mixed tracks that don't add up too much.
A much more effective and efficient method is to start your mix looking at the project as a whole. Working through the static mix, balancing the volume, panning and onto any mix bus effects will help you to get that mix into the ball park early in the process when your ears are fresh and your mind is sharp.
And finally; there's no replacement for getting stuck in and sharpening your skills by mixing a lot, cross genres, challenge yourself and whenever a mix doesn't work out, learn from it and move on.
There's no such thing as a bad mix, just good mixes and one's you can learn from.
Wishing you a great day!