Mix Tip of the Week: Filter Your Learning Resources

 In TSM Studio Blog

In the year 2020, YouTube University has undoubtedly taken the world by storm. More and more people are passing on the traditional educational route of enrolling in school and instead of taking the DIY approach to pursue their interests through online learning. However, with ubiquitous access to online learning resources also comes unqualified educators that are left to fly off the handle.


While some online resources have a ton of informational gems that can expedite the learning process of aspiring mixers, the low barrier to entry allows for just about anybody to chime in. As with most minimally regulated content, there is a heap of misinformation spread from content creators that direct their methods outwardly to an audience, effectively hindering the progress of others by providing cheap talking points backed by minimal understanding. 


Oftentimes the desire of a content creator to grow their channel has led them down the increasingly rampant path of click-baiting their viewers with polarizing titles. When that same catchy title pairs with a channel that boasts hundreds of thousands or even millions of subscribers, the viewer is more inclined to readily accept the information provided without question. 


When you take this clever marketing tactic and shove it in the faces of aspiring engineers with no past or prior experience to combat the claims of an admired online persona, they’re often left with no understanding as to what should, could, or would discredit their teachings. Until a beginner establishes a general understanding of core audio fundamentals, it can be difficult for them to sift through the seemingly endless supply of misinformation.


And this leads us to our painfully simple recommendation…


Obtain Your Knowledge From Credible Sources 

Although it sounds rudimentary at its core, that’s all there really is to it. Doing a little digging on your online educators and their history can either credit or discredit much of their teachings. Taking a step back and relearning the principles of audio from the right educators may even help you to negate misinformation in the future. Whether it’s a video erroneously claiming that sidechaining is the universal solution for achieving separation or that you absolutely NEED these plug-ins in order to perform a great mix, they’re all counterintuitive and one-dimensional claims backed by little to no evidence. 


In Closing…

The art of mixing is one that’s incessantly everchanging. As trends rise and fall, production techniques are created, modified, or even nulled in order to create new sounds that should never be restrained by ideological rules. Granted, understanding the “rules” before you go ahead and break them can allow you to better evaluate the information presented to you, enabling you to take it for face value.


Now you may be asking yourself, “how can I filter out what sources are reliable or not when I don’t know the first thing about anything?”. Fortunately, if you’ve stuck around this long, we’ve provided a list of our favorite online learning resources below.


Some Credible Online Learning Resources Include: