Is it just me, or does it seem funny that there's no area for general mixing advice? This forum seems to be gathering a community of people from all levels of mixing skill, and a place to discuss techniques/tips would probably be really useful. I don't know if some of the more professional/skilled people want to hold on to their "trade secrets", but others (like myself) could really benefit from the interaction with mixers better than them. Correct me if I'm wrong, or if this just isn't the site for beginners to learn.
In addition to reading up as much as you can about mixing (Sound On Sound Magazine website www.soundonsound.com
is a great resource BTW - they have lots
of archive material that you can access for free - If the magazine is over 6 months old, you can read it on the web for free - especially check out their "Mix Rescue" articles)
Here's my other suggestion, signboy... Start critiquing
mixes. You might think "I don't know much about mixing, so how can I critique?" - Well, I'm sure you know how professionally produced music should
sound (you've listened to it all your life, right?) - so start from there.... Listen to mixes that people put up & say to yourself: "What's right with it? What's wrong with it?"... & then write down your thoughts in reply to whatever thread you're listening to. You don't have to be super-technical, just be as descriptive as you can & express what you hear - the technical terminology will come with time & knowledge...
Mixing is all about ear training
, & take it from me, this is the best way to do it. (outside of working fulltime in a professional recording studio) As you gather knowledge about the mixing process from what you read, you'll be able to recognize quickly, not only what a mix needs, but how to give it the things it needs.
When you put your mixes up - ask people to critique them... If you are willing to comment on their mixes, they are likely to be inclined to return the favour. Be prepared for some blunt assessments, but swallow you pride & learn to take on board the criticism.