Expert Music Career Advice For DIY Musicians

Video: Why Mixing to Reference Tracks is So Important

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Have you ever thought, "I really want this song to sound more like the Beatles?" or even something more esoteric like, "I wish this song sounded summer-y?" By using reference tracks — inspirational guides that help you illustrate the sound you're going for — you'll be better able to help your engineer pinpoint and figure out how to create it.

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