Academy Dashboard Forum Production Mixing Reference Mixes

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    Hector Jon Jon

      Hey guys!

      I recently finished watching the Production Advice Hangout where Warren talks about how he uses "Hey Soul Sister" to reference vocals and I thought it would be interesting to see and hear what songs do you guys use for reference when mixing.


      -Hector Jon


        For referencing dynamics when mixing you could try the Bob Katz Honor Roll.

        Cris Sabater Sabater

          Hi there, sometimes I use a reference track and it will usually be the rough mix that I was sent by the client. I want hear what the song is about and what drives it too. Then I can work on the brief if I am given one although I am usually trusted to do my own thing. If I am going for something in particular then I will reference a song from the same genre, so for instance if it was a Thrash Metal tune then I would use old Metallica or Anthrax.

          Cheers mate,


          Steve Dandrea

            Steely Dan - Aja for super dry, tight drums

            Almost anything by Andy Wallace for big rock guitars. Probably Chevelle though, and probably something off "wonder what's next".

            If it's something ultra-modern and poppy, most likely something by Serban Ghenea, probably the last Taylor Swift record.

            One thing you have to keep in mind when referencing is that you're not referencing SONGS, you're referencing levels and tones. So while I am not a particularly huge fan of Taylor Swift, the production on her last record was superb.

            Johnny Sommerer

              wonder what's next is great, i love it! i'm a fan of taylor as well, the production on 1989 was truly overwhelming!


                Hi Guys

                this thread might also be of interest


                Magnus Johansson

                  Here´s a list from Izotope

                  I don´t find it that useful though. Someone might.


                    I don´t find it that useful though. Someone might.

                    Well, you can’t go wrong with Aimee Mann

                    "That’s Just What You Are" was mixed by Jack Joseph Puig and "How Am I different" was mixed by Bob Clearmountain.

                    For a beautiful low-end make sure you listen to “Vultures" by John Mayer. Pino Palladino on bass and Michael Brauer behind the mixing desk: pure magic!

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