Like most here, I write mainly classical/film score style music, though I also dabble in some progressive rock. But unlike most here, I have a hard time achieving sonic quality. I really need to do something, as my mixes are currently suffering for one reason or another. In fact, I'm ashamed to really show people my work, not because of compositional elements, but because the sonic quality of my work is SO BAD!! I'm hoping that my recent dive into the world of samples will help, but I cant imagine it being a "one stop fix to a great mix." To get an idea of my current level, please listen to some demo tracks on my website: http://www.avartists.com I really need all the help and feedback I can get!!!
I'm currently looking for a decent pair of studio monitors to use in a semi-mobile situation (i.e. moving between my home studio and school setup) in the hopes that this will help. In the school environment, I will be forced to do most of my writing with headphones, and using monitors to mix on weekends. I'm wondering, what do you guys use to mix? Are monitors the only way to mix, or will a good set of headphones suffice, or do I need both? How do you balance between the process of writing and mixing?
Some monitors I'm currently looking at are the Event TR5 and TR6. I'm still in the researching phase, and any advice at products to check out would be greatly appreciated. As you can see, my price range is rather limited. I'm a student after all. I'm really looking for something to simply get me by, though the catch is I need them to be decent, as they will be my only source, besides my audio technica headphones, for mixing/mastering my music.
I also found these words of wisdom from another poster on these boards "as long as you A/B your mixes against top quality masters, you really can mix on almost anything." So what constitutes a "top quality master?" Any suggestions?
Sorry if I opened up a major can of worms in a forum thats dedicated to samples and not mixing, but I've been so impressed by the quality of musicianship I've found here that I simply couldn't keep my mouth shut.
Thanks in advance for any and all replies. I truly appreciate any information you are willing to share!