How to calibrate your ears for mixing?

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xandde1
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125 posts since 12 Nov, 2018

Post Sun Nov 10, 2019 4:03 pm

Hi, everyone! =)

I’ve been noticing more and more how what I hear before mixing affects my results. For example, if I listen to a heavy metal track full of guitars to “tune” my ears, the final mix of the tracking I’m working on tends to sound a bit harsher in the high mids. On the other side, if I listen to a good vibes acoustic song before mixing, my ears tend to tolerate less midrange harshness and I end up cutting more of that region.

So, how do you calibrate your ears before mixing to get a flatter result?

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thecontrolcentre
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25669 posts since 27 Jul, 2005 from the wilds of wanny

Re: How to calibrate your ears for mixing?

Post Sun Nov 10, 2019 4:42 pm

I don't know if I'd call it calibrating my ears. but I sometimes listen to commercial music in a similar style to what I'm mixing as a guideline or comparison.

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crimsonwarlock
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2291 posts since 18 Apr, 2001 from The Netherlands

Re: How to calibrate your ears for mixing?

Post Mon Nov 11, 2019 1:18 am

Don't listen to (loud) music right before a mixing session, and learn how to use reference tracks.

Also, take regular breaks during longer mixing sessions.
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Googly Smythe
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2612 posts since 12 May, 2011 from Not where I was just now.

Re: How to calibrate your ears for mixing?

Post Mon Nov 11, 2019 3:14 am

Do your serious mixing in the morning, while your ears are fresh. Your ears will be much more tired in the evening, no matter how much you "calibrate" them.

And really get to know your speakers.
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peakles
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1 posts since 1 Dec, 2019

Re: How to calibrate your ears for mixing?

Post Thu Dec 05, 2019 1:03 am

Googly Smythe wrote:
Mon Nov 11, 2019 3:14 am
Do your serious mixing in the morning, while your ears are fresh. Your ears will be much more tired in the evening, no matter how much you "calibrate" them.

And really get to know your speakers.
Hi there! It seems a solid advice, could you please elaborate more on how to do that? Thanks!

lwj
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323 posts since 3 Feb, 2018

Re: How to calibrate your ears for mixing?

Post Thu Dec 05, 2019 2:06 am

Googly Smythe wrote:
Mon Nov 11, 2019 3:14 am
Do your serious mixing in the morning, while your ears are fresh. Your ears will be much more tired in the evening, no matter how much you "calibrate" them.

And really get to know your speakers.
This. First thing in the morning: coffee, walk outside.. and mix.

Mushy Mushy
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13497 posts since 7 Sep, 2008

Re: How to calibrate your ears for mixing?

Post Thu Dec 05, 2019 2:15 am

You mix outside?
"I was wondering if you'd like to try Magic Mushrooms"
"Oooh I dont know. Sounds a bit scary"
"It's not scary. You just lose a sense of who you are and all that sh!t"

lwj
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323 posts since 3 Feb, 2018

Re: How to calibrate your ears for mixing?

Post Thu Dec 05, 2019 2:27 am

Hahah. If I could I would ;)

Mushy Mushy
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13497 posts since 7 Sep, 2008

Re: How to calibrate your ears for mixing?

Post Thu Dec 05, 2019 2:29 am

Re the OPs question: no “calibration” required but always always have a reference track loaded into the project.
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vurt
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56694 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Re: How to calibrate your ears for mixing?

Post Thu Dec 05, 2019 4:59 am

Googly Smythe wrote:
Mon Nov 11, 2019 3:14 am
Do your serious mixing in the morning, while your ears are fresh. Your ears will be much more tired in the evening, no matter how much you "calibrate" them.

And really get to know your speakers.
what the f**k is this "morning" you speak of?

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Googly Smythe
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2612 posts since 12 May, 2011 from Not where I was just now.

Re: How to calibrate your ears for mixing?

Post Thu Dec 05, 2019 6:19 am

peakles wrote:
Thu Dec 05, 2019 1:03 am
Googly Smythe wrote:
Mon Nov 11, 2019 3:14 am
Do your serious mixing in the morning, while your ears are fresh. Your ears will be much more tired in the evening, no matter how much you "calibrate" them.

And really get to know your speakers.
Hi there! It seems a solid advice, could you please elaborate more on how to do that? Thanks!
You get to know your speakers simply by listening to a lot of different recordings of varying quality (not just good!) and musical styles. And when I say listen, I mean listen with a critical ear. You'll soon get to know the characteristics of your speakers/room setup.

As for reference tracks, these are a good idea - if you can find a track that is close to what you're aiming for.
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Googly Smythe
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2612 posts since 12 May, 2011 from Not where I was just now.

Re: How to calibrate your ears for mixing?

Post Thu Dec 05, 2019 6:22 am

vurt wrote:
Thu Dec 05, 2019 4:59 am
Googly Smythe wrote:
Mon Nov 11, 2019 3:14 am
Do your serious mixing in the morning, while your ears are fresh. Your ears will be much more tired in the evening, no matter how much you "calibrate" them.

And really get to know your speakers.
what the f**k is this "morning" you speak of?
:scared:
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enroe
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1112 posts since 19 Mar, 2008 from germany

Re: How to calibrate your ears for mixing?

Post Fri Dec 06, 2019 12:25 am

vurt wrote:
Thu Dec 05, 2019 4:59 am
Googly Smythe wrote:
Mon Nov 11, 2019 3:14 am
Do your serious mixing in the morning, ...
what the f**k is this "morning" you speak of?
Yeah, that is clear: After working through the night,
the morning is dreading. And this time - you are
tired, fatigued and tend to see hallucinations -
this time is the best for mixing! :help:
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Gamma-UT
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5207 posts since 8 Jun, 2009 from UK

Re: How to calibrate your ears for mixing?

Post Fri Dec 06, 2019 12:55 am

Mushy Mushy wrote:
Thu Dec 05, 2019 2:15 am
You mix outside?
<taps head> Don't need room treatment if you're mixing outdoors.

Mushy Mushy
KVRAF
13497 posts since 7 Sep, 2008

Re: How to calibrate your ears for mixing?

Post Fri Dec 06, 2019 1:39 am

Gamma-UT wrote:
Fri Dec 06, 2019 12:55 am
Mushy Mushy wrote:
Thu Dec 05, 2019 2:15 am
You mix outside?
<taps head> Don't need room treatment if you're mixing outdoors.
Mind blown. That’s next level man.
"I was wondering if you'd like to try Magic Mushrooms"
"Oooh I dont know. Sounds a bit scary"
"It's not scary. You just lose a sense of who you are and all that sh!t"

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