What are some tips for achieving a wide and immersive mix?

My mixes don’t sound quite as big as my reference tracks. Which mixing techniques can I use to fix this?

Here’s a list of some different mixing techniques you can try:

  1. Use panning: Panning instruments and vocals to different positions in the stereo field can create a sense of width and space in the mix. Experiment with different panning positions for each element in the mix.
  2. Utilize stereo widening plugins: Stereo widening plugins, such as the Waves S1 Stereo Imager or the iZotope Ozone Imager, can help to widen the stereo image of individual elements in the mix.
  3. Use reverb: Adding reverb to instruments and vocals can create a sense of space and depth in the mix. Experiment with different types of reverb and settings to find the perfect balance for each element.
  4. EQ and compress the individual elements: EQ and compression are important tools for creating a cohesive mix. Use EQ to carve out space in the frequency spectrum for each element, and use compression to control the dynamics of each element in the mix.
  5. Utilize automation: Automation is a powerful tool for creating a dynamic and immersive mix. Automate panning, volume, and effects to create movement and interest in the mix.
  6. Use layering and doubling: Layering multiple elements together or doubling parts can create a thicker, wider sound in the mix.
  7. Pay attention to levels: Ensuring that each element in the mix is at an appropriate level can help to create a sense of balance and space.
  8. Use spatial effects: Spatial effects, such as delays and chorus, can help to create a sense of depth and width in the mix.
  9. Mix in mono: Mixing in mono can help to ensure that each element in the mix is balanced and sitting in the right place in the frequency spectrum before adding stereo effects.
  10. Use reference tracks: Listening to reference tracks with wide and immersive mixes can provide inspiration and a point of reference for your own mix.