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The Art Of Mixing: The Secret Weapon Of Music Production Professionals

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This course includes lifetime access so you can complete it at your own speed.

This is designed for those interested to learn the basics of mixing in music production and how to create professional-sounding tracks with all instruments, sounds, and styles using the right tools.

Benefits of taking this course include:

  • Unlimited and lifetime access to the course
  • Learn the course at your own pace
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If you are ready to start making professional sounding tracks, this is the course that will start you on that journey. You will learn how to start with the very basics of mixing and work all the way up to finishing great tracks.

This course uses Ableton Live, however this is useful to everyone no matter which audio platform they are working with. If you are a Logic user, FL Studio user, Cubase user, Bitwig user, or anything else, you will still be able to do all of the techniques shown in the course.

This course is also designed to be as inclusive as possible when it comes to genre. We will talk about mixing techniques for all instruments, sounds, and styles – all genres are welcome here.

This course covers the following topics:

  • The listening environment
  • Headphone mixing vs. studio monitors
  • Preparing a track for mixing
  • Tuning instruments
  • Grouping tracks
  • Approaches to mixing
  • Subtractive mixing
  • Panning
  • Phantom Center
  • Phasing
  • Working with frequencies
  • The equalizer as the scalpel of mixing
  • Creating definition with equalizer
  • The high pass filter trick
  • Negotiating the kick and bass in the mix
  • Creating space with delay effects
  • Creating space with reverb effects
  • Reverb techniques for vocals, guitars, and drums
  • Delay techniques for vocals, guitars, and drums
  • Compressors
  • Parallel compression
  • Compression techniques for vocals, guitars, and drums
  • Finding the "Focus" of the track
  • The art in mixing

The The Art Of Mixing: The Secret Weapon Of Music Production Professionals will cover the following topics:

Section 1 - Introduction

  • Introduction And Welcome
  • How We Will Learn Mixing In This Class
  • What Is Mixing, Exactly?
  • The Different Between Mixing And Mastering

Section 2 - The Listening Environment

  • Why Focus On The Listening Environment?
  • Finding Acoustic Problems
  • Buying Monitors
  • Monitor Setup
  • Monitor Settings
  • Adding A Subwoofer
  • Why Not Just Use Headphones?
  • My Less-Then-Perfect Setup
  • Using Multiple Monitors And Listening In Mono

Section 3 - Preparing A Track For Mixing

  • The First Phase Of Mixing Is Preparing The Track
  • Session Copy And Backup
  • Tracking Down Extraneous Noises
  • Cleaning Up The Session
  • Tuning Instruments
  • Organizing The Session
  • Group Tracks
  • Marking Sections
  • Creating Some Basic Effect Busses
  • Adding Compressors And Limiters

Section 4 - Approaches To Mixing

  • The Art Of Mixing
  • The Three Dimensions Of Sound
  • The Three Dimensions Of Music
  • The “Focus” Element

Section 5 - Balance

  • Think Subtractive
  • Fighting Instruments
  • Finding A Starting Point
  • Setting Levels
  • The Noise Method
  • Pink Noise File
  • My Mix
  • Our Track So Far

Section 6 - Panning

  • The Stereo Field
  • The Phantom Center
  • Rules Of Panning
  • Phasing Tricks
  • Surround Sound Mixing
  • Panning On My Mix

Section 7 - Frequency

  • Working With Frequencies
  • Reading A Frequency Spectrum
  • The Seven Common Frequency Bands
  • Working With The Equalizer
  • Creating Definition In A Sound With Equalizer – Method 1
  • Creating Definition In A Sound With Equalizer – Method 2
  • Cleaning Up The Mud
  • Making Room In The Mix
  • Adding A High Pass Filter
  • Frequencies To Watch Out For
  • Frequency Cheat – Sheet

Section 8 - The Battle Of The Bass And Kick

  • A Few Tricks
  • What Is Inside A Good Kick Sound?
  • Is Anything Else Causing Problems?
  • Re-Balancing

Section 9 - Space And Depth

  • Using Effects In The Mix
  • What Actually Is A Delay?
  • What Actually Is A Reverb?
  • Reverb Cheat – Sheet
  • A Few Basic Guidelines
  • Bus Effects

Section 10 - Creating Space With Delay Effects

  • Math – Calculating Delay Times
  • Feedback Settings
  • Delay Techniques For Vocals
  • Delay Techniques For Guitar
  • Delay Techniques For Drums
  • Does Our Track Need Any Delays?

Section 11 - Creating Space With Reverb Effects

  • Timing The Reverb Decay
  • Timing The Pre-Delay
  • Bus Reverb Setup
  • Reverb Techniques For Vocals
  • Reverb Techniques For Drums
  • Reverb Techniques For Guitars And Synths
  • Putting It All Together

Section 12 - Creating Space With Other Effects

  • Modulation Effects
  • Flangers
  • Chorus
  • Tremolo And Vibrato
  • Equalizer Effects
  • Re-Sampling

Section 13 - Dynamics: Tools Of Dynamics

  • About Dynamics
  • Compression
  • Multi-Band Compression
  • Limiting
  • Gating

Section 14 - Compression Techniques

  • Using Compression
  • Variation Compensation
  • Compression With Equalizer
  • Compressor Settings
  • Parallel Compression
  • Compressing Drums
  • Compressing Vocals
  • Compression On Groups
  • Compression On The Master

Section 15 - Focusing The Tracks

  • What Is Focus?
  • The Groove
  • The Featured Element
  • Further Reading
  • The Fifteen Steps To A Better Mix
  • The Most Important Rule In Mixing
  • Our Finished Track

Section 16 - Wrap Up

  • Is There Anything More To Mixing?
  • Thanks For Watching!

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for those interested to learn the basics of mixing in music production and how to create professional-sounding tracks with all instruments, sounds, and styles using the right tools.


No prior knowledge is required to take this course.

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