Learning how to mix requires hands-on training and listening to different mixes and why they sound the way they do. If you are trying to achieve a certain sound, listen to other songs that have that sound. Try to dissect them and understand why they sound the way they do. When you think you have achieved the sound, place your song on a CD or tape between two of the songs you are trying to emulate and listen to the three songs in order. Did yours stand out as sounding different, or did it blend in? This is a good indication of whether you have achieved the sound you are looking for.
Approaching the Mix
If you haven’t read chapter 8 yet, you should do it now. Approaching a mix has a lot to do with being organized and in control. ...