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Getting To the End of the Final Mix

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If you have a home studio or a small set-up for your recording studio, you are probably familiar with the recording process’s blues. It includes the downtimes of having to listen to the same things over and over again, trying to hear the different levels and parts of the instruments several times, and spending hours to get to the end of the road.

The recording blues stop hundreds of small bands from completing a CD and taking ten years to get their next album out. The difficulties that come with recording and the process that has to be done can be tedious, frustrating, and can cause burnout of either the songs, members, or others working on the mixing and mastering.

If you are recording, and even if it is by yourself, you don’t want to stop until you complete the album. The levels of satisfaction that can be achieved can help you do greater and better things and help influence those around you to do the same. Several perspectives allow for the benefits of finishing the mix to be a part of what you are doing. Sticking with the process, learning what you need to, and plowing forward will eventually get you to the result and be even more effective with your music and creativity.

If you’re feeling down about your recording, keep in mind your end goal. Keep visualizing yourself at the end of the road and how this will affect everyone else. This begins with the achievements that this can bring you and what you have accomplished with the song. This is something that many don’t have the willpower, desire, or capacity to do. That already puts you ahead of the game.

More than that, never stop thinking about your fans or potential fans if you have a final mix out and how this will influence them. Finishing the recording process and getting your song into the public opens doors for you to make connections positively and do what you need to share your creative process with others. Whether it is one person or fifty million, this part of the process is one that can be effective and make you want to set the next date to record your next album.

The recording is not necessarily the album’s end goal, even though this will bring rewards individually and towards those around you. It is also the process of hearing your pieces differently and manipulating the sounds from an engineering perspective, instead of just a performance point of view. If you haven’t stopped to enjoy putting together your mix, start listening to a little bit differently for how things fall together within the process.

The main advice for recording your tracks is to keep the different perspectives in mind. While the entire process may be tedious and difficult, allowing yourself to enjoy the process and think of the end benefits can help you further your career as a recording producer and engineer and a musician who can share creativity with others.

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