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Last edited by Mopy at Dec 11, 2011,
Practice, practice, practice. Download multitracks off the internet. Mix em. Record a simple DI guitar track of a couple of chords, open up Cubase/Logic/Pro Tools/etc and see if you can get it sounding really nice. Learn what instruments are at what frequencies and boost them there. Learn to use remedial EQ - for example if you have a kick drum that is popping - cut the mids to give an impression of more bass. Learn how to create balance within a mix. Learn how to apply effects properly; dynamic effects should be inserts and time-based should be sends as a general rule of thumb. Also remember that when using sends the mix/wet dry signal should be at 100.

One way to track your progress is to mix a song now, then mix the same song in a year or so and compare. You'll be astounded at the difference.

But most importantly, enjoy it. Mixing is something I enjoy greatly, I tend to find the hours just fly by.

And get a decent set of headphones and monitors.
Know what sound you want to achieve before you even apply the first plugin or mixing method.
Learn which frequencies achieve what sound when they're boosted or cut. Best to learn with a simple 6 band Parametric EQ, just play around with boosting and cutting, and changing the frequencies so you know how the sound is affected.

Chorus and Reverb are 2 things that are almost always used in small amounts in every track. So subtle you'd hardly know it, but they all add to the mix and make it sound fuller.

Panning appropriately. Bass drum and bass guitar are always centre. You can pan the cymbals slightly around the mix if you think it helps the sound, same with hi-hat/snare (really really small amount) and the toms can go slightly left to right as if you're hearing them around the kit.
Guitars left and right, sometimes double tracked. Usually don't do 100% to the sides, but 75-85% would be fine. Unless you only have one guitar then have it as close to the centre as you can.
Panning and EQing go together in the sense that they eliminate some frequencies from clashing together and making the mix sound muddy. You don't want everything to have the same EQ or the same panning. Give things their separate "area" in the mix.

Main vocals obviously need to be centre again, and will require a lot of your ear to get any EQing right.
Usually a high-pass cutting everything under 70 or 80Hz to remove the frequencies you can't hear. If they sound a bit 'dull' in the mix, use a narrow boost around 2-4KHz and move it around til you get the sound you want. If they're sounding too harsh and stand out in the mix too much, use a narrow cut in the same area.
Backing vocals (depending how many you have) usually panned around the sides of the main vocal, and EQ differently so they don't clash. Reverb is used mostly on vocal tracks too.

Again, using good headphones, good speakers and a good ear is what will yield the best results. It's all down to what you want to achieve and learning how to achieve it.
Thanks for all the replies.
You guys know where I can get some free multi-tracks to practise?
Last edited by MaddMann274 at Dec 11, 2011,