EP 126: Rafa Sardina – Calibrating Your Ears & Emotions for Mixing

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Rafa Sardina is a Los Angeles based  18-Time Grammy and Latin Grammy winning producer/engineer and mixer. He has built an impressive list of clients over the years, from D’Angelo & The Vanguard, Elvis Costello And The Roots, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Placido Domingo, Camila Cabello, Miguel, Lady Gaga, Clare Fischer Big Band, Alejandro Sanz, Calle 13, Natalia Lafourcade, Harry Connick Jr., Michael Bublé, Arturo O’Farrill with The Afrocuban Jazz Big Band Orchestra & Chucho Valdes, Tim McGraw and many more.


  • Working as an intern to get into the industry
  • The importance of constantly learning
  • Diversifying your musical genres
  • Taking inspiration from multiple styles of music
  • Calibrating your ears and emotions for mixing
  • Using intuition to guide your mixes
  • What to do when you’re feeling stuck with your tracks
  • Battling self-doubt
  • Building naming systems for your sessions to keep organized and inspired
  • Working with Michael Jackson
  • Creating depth and width in a mix
  • Why you should start your mixes with a focus on the center channel
  • Using automation early in your process
  • Automating compressors to create movement throughout a song
  • Using multiple EQs on a single signal chain
  • Learning to hear the differences between different plugins/hardware

To learn more about Rafa Sardina, visit: https://rafasardina.com/

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