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10 WAYS TO MIX A TRACK

It’s our ‘produce a track special’ – and it’s time to mix your tune. Here are some pro ideas to take your mix up a level and let your musical ideas shine through…

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01 Keep it simple

With technology comes options – many, many options. You can layer many audio tracks together, plus a whole bunch of soft synths and instruments. But do you really want to do that? Wouldn’t your tune work better with one great sound, rather than 10 mediocre ones? Do classic pieces of popular music all rely on massive mixes? Okay, some do, but more memorable songs rely on a great hook or a well-produced individual sound, rather than walls of many sounds. With dance music, especially, if you get a great kick or bass sound, you are 90-per-cent there, and the rest is all about the arrangement. Spend time on getting your core sounds right and the rest will follow… But not too much time, mind…

1. Keep it simple, with just one or two great sounds which could make your track
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Make a track today! That's the focus of the May issue of MusicTech as top producers reveal their secrets and top tips to starting, arranging, mixing, finishing and mastering your music. If you've ever needed inspiration, had trouble taking a tune beyond its initial ideas, never known how or when to stop, or needed a pro mastered sound, this is the issue to get! On top of this massive set of features there's a huge studio interview with the legend that is Gary Numan, 1.22GB of free samples and all the latest modular synth and music production news.
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