The 'Mixing Secrets' Free Multitrack Download Library:
uggestions For Mixing Newbies!
Suggestions For Mixing Newbies!
Now that the multitrack library is so expansive, I'm starting to get requests from mixing newbies asking for where they should best start off -- projects which are technically straightforward and require little real sound-salvage or rearrangement work. In response to this, I've put together this shortlist, roughly in order of difficulty so that people can work through them in series if they like. Bear in mind, though, that while a respectable mix of any of these projects shouldn't be too tricky, doing a great mix still takes considerable care and practice.
All downloads from this site are provided free of charge for educational purposes only, and the material contained in them should not be used for any commercial purpose without the express permission of the copyright holders. For further information about using the library, please refer to the main 'Mixing Secrets' Free Multitrack Download Library page. For mixing tips and advice from me and many other mix engineers, head over to the Discussion Zone and check out the appropriate sub-forum -- or just follow the direct →Mixes and discussion link alongside each multitrack listing.
LEVEL 1: ENTRY-LEVEL
LEVEL 2: SMALL-SCALE
LEVEL 3: LARGER-SCALE
- ENTRY-LEVEL PROJECTS
- Sound On Sound Demo: 'Mystery' (direct-link URL)
Style: Hip-hop/R&B (back to top)
Unlike most of the other multitracks, these files have already been processed to create a decent balance immediately. However, everything's bone-dry, so the project is handy for experimenting with the sweetener effects discussed in Part 4 of the book.
- Rounders: 'It's Only A Paper Moon', 'I Wanna Be Around' & 'By The Bend Of The River' (direct-link URL)
Style: Four-part Barbershop Medley (back to top)
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- Speak Softly: 'Broken Man' & 'North Is False' (direct-link URL)
Style: Atmospheric Indie Pop (back to top)
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- Jesper Buhl Trio: 'What Is This Thing Called Love' (direct-link URL)
Style: Acoustic Jazz (back to top)
As featured in this Mix Rescue article. Support them by clicking here.
- SMALL-SCALE PROJECTS FOR BUILDING CONFIDENCE
- LARGER-SCALE PROJECTS WITH SOME SMALL CHALLENGES