So I’m at a bit of a tough decision here, especially considering my lack of money (I’m only 17, still in HS, and have been producing for about 4 years, most of my money in the next few years will probably be spent on tuition and rent) I don’t consider myself a newbie by any stretch of the imagination, you could say I’m amateur at mixing but I understand how to properly use compression, reverb, subtractive EQ and how to manipulate the stereo field to provide a sense of width and depth to the point where I could mix a punchy track in a good room.
Since I don’t have access to a decent studio, I’m forced to mix in a cramped, untreated, shared computer/office space with nothing but a pair of KRK Rokit5 monitors, and this results in a VERY colored sound that is utterly useless for mix translation. I figure I have two options - either spend copious amounts of money (which I don’t have at the moment) to get this horrid room treated (again, it’s shared, and I probably won’t live in it for much more than 2-3 years max so it’s essentially not an option) or to simply send out my stems to be mixed by an engineer. What I’m wondering is, in the short term, which option would be cheaper? I probably won’t have more than an EP’s worth of songs, an album at maximum produced before I move out and hopefully have access to a decent studio at university. I’m not sure what the going rates for mixing stems would be but I’m beginning to think it’s the only way to keep my workflow up and away from endlessly tweaking EQ settings on sounds which aren’t being represented properly.
This is something that’s been doing my head in for the past while. I’ll get my mix sounding punchy and perfect on my rokit 5s only to have it sounding muddy and indistinct on home stereo speakers. I can eventually get the track to the point where I’m happy with it (not without copious amounts of A/Bing, listening on as many sources as I can, taking notes on what exactly is wrong at each source, making compromises based on these notes and not what I’m hearing etc. etc.) but by that time I’ve overlistened to it to the degree where I don’t even know how I feel about it as a piece of art anymore. I’m sure some of you have had to deal with this problem at some point, how would you (or did you) personally going about fixing it?