Music production mistakes can range from the simple to the complex. There are 2 major and 4 common mistakes that musicians make in music production, and they are:
- Music Production Mistake #1 – Not Enough Volume on the Kick Drum
- Music Production Mistake #2 – Too Much Reverb on the Mix
- Common Mistake #3 – Poor EQing
- Common Mistake #4 – Improper Panning & Stereo Imaging
- Common Mistake #5 – Producers don’t know how to use the equipment in their studio
- Common Mistake #6 – Spending too much time looking for samples
Music Production Mistake #1 – Not Enough Volume on the Kick Drum
The kick drum is the backbone of any song, and if it’s not loud enough, then there’s a problem. If your kick drums are too loud and overpowering in your mix then you may want to consider lowering the volume or adding more high-frequency content in other areas of your mix. of your mix.
Music Production Mistake #2 – Too Much Reverb on the Mix
The second mistake is too much reverb in the mix. This can be a problem when you have a lot of instruments playing in the same space and they are all getting washed out by the reverb. The solution is to try to get rid of some of the reverbs and make sure that you’re using different types of reverbs for different instruments.
Also, try to cut the frequencies from 20Hz up to 200Hz with the help of mid/side EQ. Turn the EQ to side mode and cut those frequencies. Also if your reverb has a dry/wet mix knob use it and give to the sound around 30% of the reverb. This will make your sound dry signal to be more present in the mixdown.
Common Mistake #3 – Poor Music EQing
When EQing, it is important to know what you are trying to achieve. If you want to emphasize a certain instrument, then use a high-pass filter on that instrument and cut frequencies on other instruments.
The EQ is the most important tool for a sound engineer. It can make or break the mood of your music track. I saw many producers eqing every sound even without a reason. Don’t do that, and make smart decisions about where and when you will use the EQ.
Common Mistake #4 – Improper Panning & Stereo Imaging
Panning is a technique used to create the illusion of space and depth on a 2-D surface. It is accomplished by moving an audio signal from one side to the other, or front to back.
Stereo imaging is a technique that can be used in conjunction with panning but is not dependent on it. Stereo imaging creates the illusion of space and depth by manipulating the balance between left and right channels.
The most common mistakes made in panning are:
1) Panning every sound in the track
2) Not enough stereo separation
3) Too much stereo separation
4) Wrong panning direction
Common Mistake #5 – Producers Don’t Know How to Use The Equipment in Their Studio
The producer should be able to use the studio equipment and know-how to get the best out of it.
A producer is often not just a person who can set up a recording session, but also someone who knows how to use the equipment in the studio. The producer should be able to get the best sound quality out of their equipment and know-how to mix a song.
A good way to learn how to use your studio equipment is:
1) Read the manual of your hardware gear(synths, samples, compressors e.t.c)
2) Search on YouTube for your specific hardware gear and see how other producers use it.
Common Mistake #6 – Spending too Much Time Looking for Samples
Many producers mistakenly spend more time looking for old sounds or samples instead of finding new ones. Even though it may seem good to stick to what you are comfortable with, this can take up a lot of time & prevent you from trying out other great sounds.
If you’re looking to speed up the discovery (or rediscovery) process, consider using audiovat browse filter to quickly locate new sounds in different genres. Also, you mind want to check these websites for sounds and samples.
Conclusion: Try to avoid these music production mistakes and your music mixdowns will sound better.