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Mix Management

Taking On Professional Projects By Dom Morley
Published June 2021

Mix Management

Our mix guru shares his tips for keeping clients happy.

While it’s clearly important to discuss the processes and techniques of mixing, the task of managing a mixing project is often overlooked. Knowing your way around an EQ is obviously crucial to success, but if you don’t apply at least a little focus on project management then all your hard work can end up being for nothing. Here are some steps you can take to ensure a smooth mix process for you and your clients.

  • Ask yourself if the project is a good musical fit for you. It’s very tempting to take any offer that comes your way, but the reputational damage of doing a bad job isn’t worth it. Remember, your reputation is all you have: it’s the currency that you use to get more work. If you don’t know any of the references that a prospective client mentions, you’re probably the wrong person for the job. Turn it down or, better still, recommend a friend who you think would be a good fit. This is a double win: your reputation as a pro is enhanced, and now your mate owes you a favour!
  • Discuss your client’s influences. You need to be clear what you’re aiming for sonically. I recommend asking for a playlist of around 10 tracks which point you in the right direction (someone once sent me over 300 songs to reference... Quite a wide palette to choose from!). Ask for an accompanying email as well, with...

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