There's a lot of talk in our industry about professionals vs amateurs. Having done this for 30+ years, we've had a major shift in the amount of "amateurs" or "novices" that have an interest in this field. Whether it's being a Producer, Engineer or Mixer.
As time goes on, budgets get smaller and we are all looking for shortcuts. It’s understandable. And even when I have the budget to do something right, I don’t always have the time. So shortcuts run thru our minds all the time when dealing with projects and deadlines.
As a Mixer, I have a policy that I only accept WAV files. I started this because I noticed that I much preferred mixing tracks when the client wasn’t using the same DAW that I was using. Less to think about and less to go wrong.
If you’re having a professional mix your production, one of the most important things you can do is to prepare your tracks for the mix. As a Mixer, nothing takes me more “off course” or gets me more frustrated than trying to figure out the work (or the mess) that’s put in front of me.
Do your Drums sound dull and lifeless? Here's a great way to wake them up and make them a bit brighter while also controlling that top end in the process.