Mixing New Song for Upcoming Release by The Jerrys
I’ve begun mixing “Anna Marie,” the last track appearing on The Wind Cries Jerrys, a six-song EP to be released later this year. This one may be my fave song ever by The Jerrys. Once mixed and mastered, it will be the third song ready for the new EP.
A single, “Chicago USA,” has been released ahead of the EP. Listen to “Chicago USA.”
Here are the books I read or reread in 2014:
- Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio (Mike Senior)
- The Subterraneans (Jack Kerouac)
- Journey to Mindfulness (Bhante Henepola Gunaratana)
- Get More Fans (Jesse Cannon and Todd Thomas)
- Who I Am (Pete Townsend)
- Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix (Charles Cross)
- The Dhammapada
- The Recording Engineer’s Handbook, Third Edition (Bobby Owsinski)
After reading Mike Senior’s Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio earlier this month, I created a checklist of ten things to do to prepare a recorded song for mixing. My process has always been a bit too haphazard, so I plan to use this checklist to ensure that I never miss an opportunity to make my music sound better.
- Organize tracks
- Divide timeline
- Listen to tracks
- Identify gems
- Edit out silences
- Do multing as needed
- Adjust timing and tuning
- Camouflage edits
- Comp vocals, lead tracks
As these can be tedious, time-consuming tasks, many top-tier engineers give them to assistants to perform, but that’s not an option for those of us in home studios. If you’re a home studio user, feel free to use this checklist to better prepare your recordings for mixing. For more, be sure to check out Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio.