Don’t mix another track until you’ve watched this tutorial!
This is much more than your typical mixing tutorial; here you learn the basic mixing techniques. You will also cover the theory of gain structure/gain staging, mixing desks, busses, VCA groups, ear training, visual mixing and how to introduce an added dimension to your sound.
Spread over 2 modules with over 7 hours of video, the tutorial begins with an introduction to gain structure/gain staging within a DAW. If you thought gain structure only applied to those working outside the box – you couldn’t be more wrong. A well organized and considered gain structure is fundamental to digital mixing and is more often than not the defining characteristic between mixes that sound open and clean to those that appear digital and crowded.
Following gain structure, you then learn about the mixing desk. Here we not only look at the theory of bussing, auxing and uses of VCA’s but also how they’re best applied during a mix and how it can be important to group sub-mixes and busses together to ensure effects sends maintain the mix perspective.
In addition to the basics above, you will learn further theories and practices for producing a successful dance mix by with sessions on low end theory and controlling the low end of the mix, how to optimise your room for mix analysis and numerous ear training techniques that you can use daily to help hone your hearing in order to produce cleaner, clearer sounding mixes.
With the basics covered and using a number of different styles of dance music tracks as examples, we then show how you can create mixes that exhibit both width and depth, and how to add further dimensions to a mix to create clarity in even the busiest of mixes. This includes session topics such as multi-band compression, reverb, distortion, side-chaining, vocal approaches, pitch-correction, mixing bass and the subs, tone control, mixing huge leads, and mono compatibility.
We then finish the tutorial with an analog vs digital shoot-out. Is analog summing really superior to the DAW? You can make up your own mind as we mix and then listen to/examine the sonic differences between summing entirely within a DAW compared to summing through the best analog equipment, employing both Neve and SSL Hardware.