It’s all in the mixdown

With most of this year’s award shows out of the way, I’ve had some time off work to focus on mixing down my drum n bass demo, Forty-Seven Ronin, a personal project that I’ve been neglecting a lot lately.

One of the most important things I’ve learned about music production is the mixdown. When you’ve finished composing and arranging the music, you need to make sure that all of the elements of your track fit in properly.

All of the individual tracks like the drums, the bass, the synths and vocal parts need to be tweaked in order to complement, and not overwhelm, each other.

In other words, your music needs to be optimized.

It’s funny how the mixdown process resembles website testing, which is one of the most important parts of web design.

As I was alternately raising and lowering the volume of instruments, I found myself musing about how we’d do the same sort of thing at work; we’d test our websites on different browsers and at different connection speeds. We’d print style sheets and check and re-check the fonts, the colors and the gradients to make sure the text was readable.

Of course, the more I thought about it, the more I realized I was thinking about work when I should have been thinking about the music.

Damn it.

I’m not a workaholic, yet, am I?

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