25. Do not pick up everything in sight
You shouldn’t pick up the first available audio effect and use it at random only because its interface looks cool. The EDM online mixing mastering engineer is in the first place interested in the sound of the plugin and the produced to music effect that he knows beforehand. The novice at mixing can surely come across a lucky find through searching everything what his DAW is crammed with, but it’s sooner an exception. You’d better spend time on studying the toolbox in order to make conscious decisions during cheap mixing and mastering services but not to play roulette. The differences between plugins in the effect they produce at audio are often quite fine, but the professional engineer always knows why this time he has used exactly a transient shaper instead of a compressor.
In general, the idea is understandable – first look into available devices and only then use them. Although, for truth, I must say while being in search of inspiration, even Pros sometimes use random set of audio effects and search presets – suppose a fresh idea sprang out.
26. Take a break
Everyone who is engaged in EDM mix and master must realize that the sound is ephemeral and insidious matter, and our hearing grows weary fast. After that it’s difficult to make appropriate decisions. As is often the phrase can be heard engineers saying: “On the first day I have completed basic settings, experimented with instrument processing and put off song finalizing till the next day”. So if you have already been struggling with song for several hours, take a long break, one hour or longer. Refresh yourself in the out-of-doors and have some fun. Believe me, it’s only good for the result. The first what clients appreciate in what he considers the best EDM mixing is indeed the quality but not the speed.