A Simple Mistake That Will Ruin Your Mixdown
2 Minute Ableton Live Tip #37: Don't Forget Reverb Tails!
We used to joke in my last band, "It doesn't matter how the song goes, as long as it ends tight." Obviously there's a lot more that goes into being a tight band, but a key ingredient was that we all ended the same way. If one guy let his guitar ring out while another quickly silenced the final chord, it would sound like a clear mistake. The tightest bands can sound sloppy with a weak ending.
When you are mixing your songs, you want to make sure that your song ends properly. If the instruments have a nice long decay at the end or the last notes ring out in a slowly fading ping pong delay, you want to make sure your mixdown captures that. A beautifully produced track will sound like garbage if it ends with a sudden smack of silence. At best, people will think something is wrong with their stereo, at worst they will think you are a terrible producer. Check out the Two Minute Ableton Live Tip below and never make this mistake again!