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Adventures in mixing and beat making

So at the start of 2021 I knew next to nothing about making beats or mixing music. I had always focused on writing songs with either my guitar or piano, a piece of paper and a pen, and voice memos on my iPhone.

However, I had a dilema. I felt like I had written some good songs, but to share them with others, I would need to build from what I had and make quality recordings of those songs. That meant one of two things: I would have to either shell out a bunch of money to someone to help produce, record, mix, and master my music or I would have take the time to learn to do it myself.

Well I didn’t have buckets of money lying around, so I decided that 2021 would be the year that I would take the time necessary to learn about the mysteries of mixing and beat making.

As I begin taking classes and reading what I could find on the internet I quickly came to realize that there is no end to the depths of knowledge on how to mix and record music, and to make beats. Basically, I had walked myself right into a black hole, where few return from. I think that’s why you see a lot of former aspiring musicians end up becoming great producers and engineers; cause it really does take the better part of a lifetime to really get good at it, and you’ve got to pick your battles.

What makes mixing so complex, and to quote someone else (don’t remember the exact source), is that it’s more art than science but there’s a science to it too. But truthfully mixing is another art form, and it’s not a one size fits all type of thing that you can learn in a classroom. Though definitely getting some teaching and guidance helps, and I highly recommend it.

I have so much more room to grow in it and am nowhere near perfect, but I am not the guy a year ago who didn’t know a reverb from a delay and what that’s importance, or how to balance, and all of the other things you do when mixing and making beats.

So here’s to 2022 and my goal to get even better this year and start producing my own songs as well as working with other artists to help them bring their musical creations to life.

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