4 Common Music Mixing Mistakes You Must Avoid

by Mike

Mixing music isn’t easy peasy. One simple mistake, and everything will sound incredibly off. As such, it is crucial to be aware of the common mixing mistakes that people make that mess up their mixes. That way, you know what to avoid and ensure that your mix comes out perfectly!

That said, here are the common music mixing mistakes you must avoid:

1. Working in solo for prolonged periods of time

This is a classic mistake made by many mixers. This can shock you, but there are mix engineers out there that actually don’t use the solo button to mix their songs. This eliminates the distraction of all other tracks, which can be helpful when you want to focus on a specific track.

However, there is a downside to this method. And that is the fact that you are hearing only one track at a time. When you mix, you should always hear at least all the bass tracks and the lead tracks so that you can hear the entire picture.

2. Mixing Your Vocals Too Low

It can be tempting to mix your vocals too loud. This is because vocals are most easily the most expressive instruments in the song. However, you need to be aware of the fact that the volume of your vocals needs to be constantly matched with the volume of the other instruments. This is because when the vocals are too loud, it can distract from the other elements in your mix. Additionally, when the vocals are too soft, it is easy to lose track of what you are singing.

3. Using Too Much Reverb on Vocals

Reverb is an essential part of music. However, reverb on vocals can make it sound a little too artificial. This is because reverb doesn’t quite translate well to most vocals, which makes it hard to hear the lyrics of your song. To make your vocals sound better, you need to make sure that you are only using reverb when necessary. You can get away with doing this by reducing the amount of reverb that is added to vocals.

4. Over-Equalizer

You should make sure that your tracks do not sound too flat. This is because flat tracks tend to sound kind of boring. As such, you need to make sure that you use equalization to enhance the sound of your song. However, you should be aware of the fact that you should not use too much equalization. This is because too much equalization can end up making your track sound too over-processed. This can make your track sound artificial and make your song lose its natural feel.


Music mixing is an art. And just like any other art, the artist can make mistakes that can ruin the piece of art or make it not as good as it could have been! However, by knowing what mistakes to avoid, the artist can ensure their art pieces come out as good as they can be. The same can be said about music artists! You can ensure that your mix comes out the way you want it to by knowing and actively avoiding the pitfalls of mixing to ensure the right results are produced.

ADG Mastering is an online mixing and mastering studio helping artists around the world get the best mixing and mastering services possible to produce stunning music. If you are looking for online mixing services, reach out to us today!



Mike is the creative director for ADG. He enjoys golfing, alt-rock and tinkering in the studio.

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