I am going to throw out a few ideas/thoughts/suggestions in sort of a free thought/brainstorm kind of way. These are things I have thought about on other forums etc but maybe some of them can apply here or at least be partially adapted over time.
- Form a database of reference materials. For instance, there are probably many “formulas” or “recipes” for production that the experienced mixers know but the newbs dont know. Even something as simple as “kick, snare, bass, vox in the middle, cymbals and toms split out 30%, guitars out wide” is a type of formula that some newbs wouldnt know.
We could begin to build a database of such formulas. for instance the broad category might be “one guitar rock mixing” and under that would be basic formulas for bands such as VanHalen, Zeppelin etc, showing the main possibilities and linking to youtube vids of example songs. Other examples might be “2 guitar bands” “one guitar with keyboards” etc.
General guidlines could be given for “wet” (Dokken) vs “dry” (Nazareth?) mixing
there could be a category for “layered vocal bands” giving general guidelines for mixing vocal heavy songs along the lines of Queen, Yes, Beach Boys, Beatles, Abba, BeeGees etc.
Thats just an idea to keep us from each having to reinvent the wheel all alone every time we try something new.
- At least SOME type of recognition or signifier of people who actually post real music of their own (or actual mixes of other peoples stuff etc). Give them a star or red badge or SOMETHING so we can tell who is who and so that frankly we can go listen to their stuff to tell if they know what they are talking about or not.
I could go on for days about experiences I have had on more than one forum where id be a “newby” ON THAT FORUM and id get talked down to by someone with 2000 posts. Once on a guitar forum I asked a simple question about practice routines for guitar licks etc. Well I had less than 50 posts so I was a “newby” and I started getting all of these non-answers like “why would you want to practice a lick, why not just play music?” and stuff like that.
I was getting told how stupid the question was etc. So I checked into one of these guys with the thousands of posts who was coming at me. I finally managed to find some of his actual playing online and frankly he sucked. At that point I had been playing for like 27 years and I was getting talked down to by someone that MAYBE had 2 years under his belt? So who was the real newby??
Same thing on the singing forum I hung out on. These guys would argue all of these hair splitting technical points and talk about these intricate vocal coordinations and give all of these authoritative sounding answers. Then you start to check into THEIR singing and you cant find any. When you finally do find an audio clip you find out that they cant sing a lick! So why are they posting all of these authoritative sounding answers???
if I am on a martial arts forum I want to know if its a black belt or a white belt talking to me. Same for a music forum. If people can be quickly linked to their own latest posted examples of music, it will cut WAY down on some of the “keyboard warrior” type drama. IMO thats just keeping it real. Those who want to talk the talk should also walk the walk.
for example if ColdRoomStudios tells me my mix sux, I am not going to fuss much about it because I have heard his material and he is WAY better than me at this point. But if some 18 y.o. kid tells me my song sucks, yet he has never written a song nor posted any examples of his own playing or singing or mixing…I am simply going to call him out as should the whole forum IMO.
Anyway, maybe something like a gold star or badge or something to show that this person has posted some current material (montly or whatever to keep the badge showing)
if a guy tells me to do this or that with my mix, I want to know if he knows what he is talking about…I dont care how many posts he has.
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