unknownastronuat wrote: One thing you should keep in mind is you should mix in MONO. a lot of older engineers recommend this. the reason for this - almost no one listens to your finished product in a true stereo environment.
This is a very bad tip, and also not true. It applies to strictly club music - but anything you would listen to at home will almost always be stereo. I listen to all my music on headphones for example, and it annoys the hell out of me listen to tracks that doesn't work with stereo sounds.
I think you misinterpreted what i said. just because you mix in mono, doesnt mean your finished product is mono. you clearly produce a stereo track, but the best way to do this is to mix in mono. that way, you can easily catch phasing issues and use eq more effectively. bounce the final mix as stereo. and most people (think people not like us on this forum, more just the average person who listens to music) dont have a true stereo environment. a lot of people listen to music straight from laptop computer speakers - essentially a mono source. mixing in mono cannot hurt your mix, its simply used as a tool to get a better stereo mix. think of it this way, if you can get a good mix in mono, it will sound great in stereo. but if you get only a good mix in stereo, it will probably sound like shit in mono. i know this tip seems a little backwards, but a lot of professional mix engineers highly recommend this, and they have been mixing for 20 plus years. disclaimer: im not saying you should mix in mono the whole time - just use it as a tool to get a better mix