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What is Your Style?

This is a question that young mixers and producers don’t ask themselves enough.

Sometimes for good reason, but sometimes just out of ignorance.

There is a great time to ask the question “what is my style” and there is a not-so-great time as well.

Make sure you’re asking the right question at the right time. Here’s how to do it:

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The right time to ask this question is when you’re deciding whether or not the entire direction is correct. For example, if you are working on a track that is starting to sound more and more like a modern pop track, you might ask “is this my style?” You may say “yes” to that question and continue on, or your may decide to make it more “indie.”

The basic idea is that you should ask this question when you’re looking at the bigger picture. Otherwise, you fall into the not-so-great time category. And if you want to make good recordings, you won’t want to find yourself here.

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The wrong time to ask this question is on the micro level. It’s not a bad idea to keep it in the back of your mind, since every little decision will impact the big picture, but often times it gets overused.

Here’s how it can be overused. You can easily trick yourself into thinking that a mistake or poorly played/recorded/mixed part is you “style.” And 99.9% of the time, you’re wrong.

This is pretty much a cop-out for getting away with sub-par recordings. Don’t let yourself fall into this trap. Make your recordings exactly as you want them from the start. If it’s not good enough, figure out why and redo it. Make sure that your big picture is your style. For help figuring out the tricky things in home recording, become a member and watch some videos with the pros!

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