Mixing Music: 4 Rules You Should Know When to Break
When we’re taught how to mix music, we’re often told some hardline rules to follow. For the most part, these rules exist for specific reasons and serve as training wheels for the beginning producer. They should generally be followed, but there’s a time and place for these rules to be intentionally broken. This can lead to noticeable improvements in your mix, point out problems that would have gone unnoticed, or create interesting effects that make the mix more unique.
Today, we’ll cover four of these “rules” when mixing music, and the opportunities you should look for to break them. We’ll include several audio examples for you to hear this in action, but it’s best for you to try breaking these rules in your own mixes. You may or may not notice some improvements, but at least hearing the effect on your own mixes can more easily show the benefits of breaking the rules.