One of the most common production mistakes is over-processing. This can be frustrating for anyone who makes music, but it's especially difficult to pinpoint when you are making electronic music. It doesn't happen often in more traditional forms of music because it's more obvious when there is too much processing going on, but with dance and house tracks, we tend to get a lot more subtlety happening (which causes confusion some times)! Even if you're not sure what's happening or how to fix it, this article will help you identify five signs that might indicate that your mix has been over processed.
The first sign is when your mix starts to sound too processed and fake. This can be a result of using too many plugins, or simply overdoing it with the processing. If everything sounds overly smooth and polished, then there's a good chance you've gone too far. A little bit of smoothing is usually okay, but if it's excessive, it will start to take away from the naturalness of your mix.
Another common sign that you might have overdone it with the processing is when your tracks start to sound robotic or sterile. This often happens when people use synth presets that are designed to make things sound perfect, without any character or life. When everything in your mix sounds like a robot, it's a clear sign that you've taken things too far.
If your mix is sounding too thin, or if there's not enough low end, then it might be because you've been over processing it. When you add too many compression and EQ plugins, you can quickly strip away the natural weight and power of your mix. This will cause the overall sound to be weaker, and can also lead to listening fatigue.
A fourth sign that your mix might be over processed is when the levels are all over the place. This often happens when people use excessive amounts of gain or volume automation. If everything is constantly moving up and down, it becomes difficult to listen to and understand what's going on in the mix. A good mix should have a level of consistency and stability, even if it's dynamic in nature.
The last sign that might indicate over-processing is when things seem too complicated or chaotic in the mix. A good mix should have clarity and definition between all of the elements within it, even if there are lots going on. If everything is just jumbled together without any real separation at all (even though there may be some), then this can often mean that your tracks have been over processed during production stages. This will cause problems throughout the entire process from mixing right through mastering! It makes sense intuitively because over processing takes away control and power from individual parts of a mix, which makes it harder for them to be heard as well as they could.
If you're experiencing any of these five signs, then it might be time to take a step back and re-evaluate your processing techniques. There's no shame in admitting that you might have gone too far — in fact, it's much better to catch these things early on so that you can make corrections before the final mix-down. With a little bit of finesse and knowledge, you can avoid over processing your mix and maintain control over all of the elements within it!