Do you want to learn how to mix music for free without having to leave your home? With today’s technology, there really is nothing stopping you. Gone are the days where the only options are going to University or getting lucky and nabbing an intern position at a local studio. Everything you need to get you started can be found online.
There are four things that you’ll need to learn how to mix music from home –
- Firstly, you’ll need a digital audio workstation (DAW). This is the software that you’ll be using to mix on your computer.
- Secondly, you’ll of course need some music to mix. This could be your own music or another artist’s.
- Thirdly, you’ll need access to a mixing course that will teach you the skills that you need.
- And lastly, getting feedback on your work is essential to help you grow as a mixer.
Let’s go into each of these four components in more detail, and find out where to find them for free online…
1. A Digital Audio Workstation
For those unsure, a DAW is a piece of software that provides an environment and graphical interface for recording and editing audio files on your computer. They are essential for mixing music on your computer.
They can be pricey, but there are also plenty of free options that you can download and start learning the ropes right away, with zero investment.
Take a look at the best free DAWs you can get in 2020 right here, pick one and get started.
2. Recordings To Mix
So you’ve chosen a DAW and you’ve installed it onto your computer. Now what? You’ll need something to mix of course. You may already be recording your own music and have some sessions ready. If you’re aiming to mix other artist’s music though, you could ask around (either friends or through online musician groups) and offer free mixes to those who are willing to leave their cherished art in your not-quite-yet-capable hands. If you struggle to find artists who will part with their recordings though, there are a ton of free multitrack recordings available to download online and practice with.
3. Mixing Tuition
Now that you’ve got the tools you need to get started, it’s time to learn how to mix. There are plenty of free mixing courses and training services available online, but it can get overwhelming trying to filter through it all. With that in mind, I’ve curated a few learning resources to get you started. All of the courses and tuition on this list contain genuinely helpful, yet easy to follow training.
Ultimately, the best way to learn how to mix, is to mix as much as possible, so I highly recommend following along with any training you take part in on your own mixes.
And finally, once you’ve got a few mixes under your belt, get some feedback. Try to throw any fear of judgement out of the window here – criticism is a good thing. It means you know what you need to improve.
There are plenty of forums and Facebook groups where you’ll find experienced mix engineers who will be happy to offer some feedback. My personal favourite place on the internet to get critique on your mixes, though, is Mix Checks. After creating an account, you’ll be able to upload your mixes and receive comments from listeners. You can also share links to the mixes on other platforms.
Feel free to drop a MixChecks link in the comments below and I’ll leave some comments!
There really is no better time to start learning to mix online than now. Especially if you’re stuck at home!