Mixing engineers and producers alike have long employed reference tracks to guide the sonic structures of their music toward desired results. These tracks, often professionally mixed and mastered, might be referenced to achieve a certain hip-hop kick drum sound, to shape the high end of a rock record, or to achieve balance across the full frequency spectrum of songs across many genres.
We built track referencing into Ozone 8’s workflow as well developed our Tonal Balance Control plug-in to help you identify and address tonal balance issues during mixing and mastering, especially working in non-ideal monitoring environments like home studios. And today, we’re sharing four songs selected by iZotope staff members to consider using as reference tracks.
Song: “The Rainbow” by Talk Talk
Genre: Post Rock/Jazz/Prog
Selected by: Geoff Manchester, Lead Product Specialist
Produced by: Mark Hollis, Tim Friese-Greene | Mixed by: Phill Brown | Mastered by: Denis Blackham, Phill Brown
Song: “Mortal Man” by Kendrick Lamar
Selected by: Jon Simmons, Senior Content Marketing Specialist
Produced by: Sounwave | Mixed by: Derek Ali | Mastered by: Bernie Grundman
Song: “Mojo Pin” by Jeff Buckley
Genre: Alternative rock
Selected by: Sean Greenhalgh, Community Manager
Produced by: Andy Wallace | Mixed by: Andy Wallace | Mastered by: Howie Weinberg
Song: “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers
Selected by: Will Hunt, Marketing Specialist
Produced by: The Killers | Mixed by: Mark Needham and Alan Moulder | Mastered by: Brian Gardner