1. Complementary EQ's When 2 sounds overlap in fequencies, cut one sound and boost the other at the same hz to bring them forward
2. Mix at low volumes. Make the meters of each track go to about halfway at the start. You'll have a much easier job mixing like this
3. Listen on different systems, on different volumes, on different days to spot where some sounds stand out more then you want.
man these are some nice tips lol not sure if Im gonna top these, but:
1. Most times, the best sounding kicks or snares are one, well recorded sample. So sometimes one sound just sounds better by itself rather then trying to achieve a similar sound using layered samples, no matter how processed, EQed, or and in-tune they are with each other.
2. If you want to learn a certain craft, you try to replicate it as best as you can. Same goes for music. There are many people who will tell you to try to "be original" with your music, which is definitely important, but they are missing the whole point of the learning process. If you want to achieve a similar vibe and sound to X's song, then try to copy it as best as you can. Yes, you will sound exactly like the artist, but you will learn some things along the way which you will use to make more original tunes in the future. Learn the tricks of the trade, then apply it to your own music.
3. know that there are no rules to music production, recording, mixing, or mastering. There are guidelines, but in the end, do what sounds good to you. That is the bottom line to every facet of music.
Try to leave a large head room on the master. Around -5 is what I try to accomplish. . Don't touch the master but, with your mixing you can get it there.
If any instrument is too low, turn everything else down to it. If any instrument is too loud, turn it down to the rest. It might get very quiet, but once the levels sound good together, you can equally raise them all up.
Cutting heavy bass sounds at around 100hz, can bring your kick forward, and also kill some muddiness. It can work on many instruments, but everything isn't good. In fact I guess, that can be said about different freq's in all. I'm actually going to go do this now...
1. Start with good quality drum samples or breaks, try to use samples that you don't need to eq at all.
2. Get yourself something like izotope alloy and run it on your drum buss this will make your breaks/ beats sound 100% fatter and also bring them together more.
3. Sidechaining is the shit.