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Mixing 101 - Mix Session from Hell

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    1:47

    Kenny welcomes you and introduces you to the video tutorials. You'll run through all the tracks and procedures for how you're going to go about mixing the song and what specific methods you'll be using in the tutorial. All tracks in the song are also briefly reviewed, followed by the song being played as a before and after.

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    Tutorial 2

    Track Management

    11:04

    In this video, we break the tracks down into sections and Re-order them, add Color and give them useful names that can be spotted in a much quicker way.

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    Tutorial 3

    Rough Mix with Markers & Tempo

    16:22

    Kenny now shows the benefit of making a quick rough mix to get an idea of what will be needed in the final mixing process. He also adds Markers for each song section and finds the correct song tempo.

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    Tutorial 4

    Clean-Up, Clip Gain & Split Mono

    11:18

    Going further into the pre-mixing process, watch Kenny clean up tracks where music isn't playing, add gain to tracks with low levels, and split stereo and mono tracks into their most useful form.

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    Tutorial 5

    Master Buss FX

    14:18

    In this video, Kenny sets up a master buss track and adds FX and plug-ins that are most useful in this application.

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    Tutorial 6

    Basic Vocal Sound

    16:28

    As we dig in and start the actual mixing process, we start by getting a basic vocal sound that can be built around, in the rest of the mixing flow, as we always consider this most important aspect of the final mix.

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    Tutorial 7

    Guitar Amp Sims

    18:14

    Many of the tracks are just a DI or direct injection signal straight from the guitar, so together you'll sculpt the best guitar tones for this specific track.

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    Tutorial 8

    Basic Drum Sound - Ride Mic

    14:17

    As we move on to the drums, see how to quickly get an overall drum sound without getting lost into every specific instrument in the kit.

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    Tutorial 9

    The Drum Overheads

    6:49

    In this video we begin getting the overall drum sound from our overhead mics. The goal is to make this the sound or centerpiece of your kit and build around it. EQ, compression, reverb are also applied.

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    Tutorial 10

    The Room Mics

    7:37

    In this tutorial you'll dig in to the room mics on the kit and see how big and distant we can actually make the drums sound. In addition, we add EQ and compression to re-shape the drum mics.

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    Tutorial 11

    Kick Drum

    16:03

    As we begin to zero in on the close mics on the kit, we notice how much presence and thump can be applied by adding samples to the kick drum. Not only do we add Samples to enhance the sound but we also find quick ways to make those triggers sample accurate.

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    Tutorial 12

    Snare Drum Pt. 1

    9:40

    In this video we address the Snare drum and see how much crack we can create from it by using EQ and compression.

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    Tutorial 13

    Snare Drum Pt. 2

    10:26

    In this video, Kenny continues with the snare mix and adds a sample to create some extra character in the snare.

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    Tutorial 14

    Drum Reverb

    8:19

    Next we focus on getting the right room treatment for the drums by adding Reverb and making just the right preset for this song.

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    Tutorial 15

    The Toms

    9:38

    In this tutorial we go through and adjust the tom track using EQ and compression.

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    Tutorial 16

    The Ride Cymbal

    4:57

    In this video, Kenny focuses in on the ride cymbal to make sure it too cuts thru the track.

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    Tutorial 17

    Drum Buss EQ & Parallel Compression

    9:46

    In this video we go thru and add a parallel compression buss and then add EQ and compression effects to really create an aggressive drum sound.

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    Tutorial 18

    The Bass Sound

    17:29

    Next we dig into the bass sound. See how to use multiple sub-mixes, VCAs and effects to create that modern Bass Sound.

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    Tutorial 19

    The Guitars Pt. 1

    11:59

    Moving on to the guitars, we now start to blend these into the mix finding the perfect place for them regarding panning and a bit more edgy EQ.

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    Tutorial 20

    The Guitars Pt. 2

    16:29

    Kenny continues working on the guitars utilizing different plug-ins and techniques to get that polishes pro sound.

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    Tutorial 21

    Acoustic Guitars

    6:45

    In this video, Kenny checks out the acoustic guitars in the song which come in a bit later, but do play an important part in creating dynamics in the overall arrangement.

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    Tutorial 22

    Lead Vocals & Clip Gain

    7:51

    Next we come back to the vocals and start to fine tune the level of each phrase in each lyric. This makes things easier down the line, but also makes each word sit at the right volume along with getting the right amount of compression.

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    Tutorial 23

    Lead Vocals / EQ & Compression

    5:03

    As we start to dig in deeper to the vocals, we can now add some final EQ and compression to really make the vocal pop out in the mix.

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    Tutorial 24

    Lead Vocals & De-Essing

    10:13

    As a final step, we can now De-Ess the vocal so that those high frequencies don't jump out in an un-natural way. Also see how to create a tighter more polished vocal treatment.

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    Tutorial 25

    Bridge Vocal FX

    3:55

    Next we check out the bridge vocal which has some similarities to the lead vocal but also needs to be treated in its own special way.

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    Tutorial 26

    Background Vox

    4:44

    In this video, Kenny works on the background vocals and how to find a unique supporting place for them while adding EQ, compression, reverb and delays.

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    Tutorial 27

    Dividing Tracks & Panning

    14:44

    In this tutorial, we go back to separating tracks into useful groups and sub-groups, and finding spatial left and right panning for each section. Automation and dynamics are also used.

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    Tutorial 28

    Automation Pt. 1

    11:13

    As a Final step to tying the whole Mix together, Kenny breaks out automation and really digs in and rides every instrument that needs finessing on a section by section basis.

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    Tutorial 29

    Automation Pt. 2

    7:46

    Kenny finalizes all his automation choices and dials in just the right moves to add movement and excitement to the mix.

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    Tutorial 30

    Final Mix

    3:41

    In this last tutorial, we play the whole song from beginning to end, highlighting the changes in each section. Enjoy!

Platinum producer / engineer Kenny Gioia now reveals a day in the life of a mix engineer, mixing a song from beginning to end, and how to handle all the common problems you'll encounter on your way to that perfect mix. You even get the session files so you can mix along in your DAW and see and hear the results in real-time!

Kenny covers it all, from an intro to the song you'll be mixing together, setting up to mix, cleaning tracks, rough mixes, buss effects, getting the perfect vocal sound, crafting killing guitars, drums, bass and so much more. There's also dedicated videos on dividing tracks, panning and automation, that will make your mixes stand out from the rest.

See the individual tutorial descriptions below for more info. If you're ready to see how to make pro mixes of your songs and productions, watch "Mixing 101 - Mix Session from Hell" now!

Jim
Submitted 5 days ago

LOTS of material!

This is, as advertised, a complete mix from raw tracks yo finished product. Kenny works quickly and accurately and cuts ahead on some of the repetitive processes so there is very little wasted time on screen/ Very worthwhile.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Pro Tools

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Tony C
Submitted 1 week ago

Cool

I like Kenny's delivery and work flow.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Logic Pro

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Lou
Submitted 1 week ago

Excellent Tutorial

This tutorial was very well explained I was able to learn some more tricks to add to my arsenal lol

I am a: Semi-Pro, Audio Engineer, Pro Tools

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Glenn
Submitted 2 weeks ago

Great tutorial

I really enjoyed this one and it was really insightful to see how the magic of mixing can really transform a song from start to finish

I am a: Hobbyist, FL Studio

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LC Studios
Submitted 2 weeks ago

A Few Good Ideas

There were a few good ideas in this video, but it was wrong--or at least very odd--about several things. For example, why pull up the gain on all your tracks, then group them and pull down all the faders when it hits the 2-bus too hard? That doesn't make sense. Better to gain stage it properly from the beginning, so that you're not blowing out your 2-bus and you can have your faders closer to zero--where fader movements have much finer resolution--when you start. Similarly, putting the multi-band compressor on the 2-bus might make sense if you were using different settings for each of the bands, but using precisely the same settings on each bands renders the multi-band functionality moot.

I am a: Hobbyist, Producer, Audio Engineer, Digital Performer

Response from Author:

Hey Scott. I’m glad you liked some of the info. My reasoning for the issues you brought to light is having worked on real analog consoles and ITB for more than 30 years, I prefer to have my faders a bit further down. That’s where the faders feel “right” to me. If you prefer to have them closer to 0VU, that’s definitely an option. It’s just not my preference. I also like to see bigger waveforms so it’s easier to tell what’s going on. So it’s a win win for me. As far as the Multi-Band compressor, it’s not really a matter of opinion. A multi-band compressor does not behave like a regular compressor at all, even if the settings are the same. Each band is still being “triggered” separately. So a lower harmonic sound will not trigger the mid and high freq compressor at all, and a high freq sound won’t trigger the mid and lo band as well. So it’s performing a very different function. Thank you for your input! (pun intended)
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Johnsrev
Submitted 2 weeks ago

SO, SO.

This may be ok for beginners, however, more experienced engineers will check out early. Also, the song is not my kind of music, so I lost interest because it was hard on my ears; e.g. raspy out of tune vocals, to much distortion, dynamics are one dimensional.

I am a: Professional

Response from Customer Service:

Hello and thanks for taking the time to leave a review! We really appreciate it. Yes, this tutorial was put together with the beginner in mind who may not have had the experience as an intern or assistant engineer at a studio. This way they can see how a real engineer works. We would certainly consider a more advanced tutorial for actual engineers or those with more experience however. Thanks for watching!
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faraz
Submitted 2 weeks ago

Great mixing class

I really enjoy watching and learning from these videos. Thanks!

I am a: Student, Musician

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UzMusic
Submitted 2 weeks ago

very much needed

this is just what the upcoming generation of audio mixers need. respect to kenny.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, FL Studio, Cubase, Nuendo, Pro Tools, Reason

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norm
Submitted 2 weeks ago

Clear and thorough

Great detail on mixing vocals, guitars, bass, drums, as well as useful overviews of the FX plugins

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Reaper

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DGM
Submitted 2 weeks ago

Quite Good.

Good overview.

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I've played an instrument since I was 10. Drums and Trumpet. I'm 40 now. I can play a little bit of any instrument. Master of none. Rock bands most of my life.

2. What training have you had?

I was taught trumpet classically from grade school up until I graduated high school. I went to Five Towns College for engineering and learned that you can't just learn this stuff from school. I did graduate though.

3. When did you get into recording?

I've been recording since I was 15. Two cassette players wired to a Radio Shack mixer. Eventually I got an 8 track reel to reel by Fostex. I've used just about every DAW and I started using them before they even recorded audio. Vision and Performer were just MIDI sequencers at the time. Before they became Studio Vision and Digital Performer. I got studio jobs because I knew computer MIDI and most studios didn't. I eventually moved up to Sound Tools which was two track. Then Pro Tools made a Audio Media III card which let you have 4 inputs. Gradually I moved up from there with Pro Tools D24, Pro Tools Mix to HD.

4. People you have worked with/for?

Marcy Playground
Mandy Moore
LFO
Willa Ford
Lee Ann Womack
Paulina Rubio
Hall & Oates
Bayside
Head Automatica
Cute is What We Aim For
FTSK
and many more...

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Hmmm. My Mom always said "Self Praise Stinks". I think it's because I have no ability to talk like a professional announcer, or plan out my teachings. So I teach as if you were sitting next to me. Pretty much off the cuff. I think that engages people more. We're so used to hearing everything done so properly and planned out with unnecessary explanations and proper wording that the brain will actually ignore most of it. Your brain tunes it out like you're back at your desk at school. But if the teacher grabbed you aside and just explained it to you, I believe you'd get more out of it. That is what I try to do.

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Mixing 101 - Mix Session from Hell is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 20.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from LOTS of material! This is, as advertised, a complete mix from raw tracks yo finished product. Kenny works quickly and accurately and cuts ahead on some of the repetitive processes so there is very little wasted time on screen/ Very worthwhile.
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by from Cool I like Kenny's delivery and work flow.
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent Tutorial This tutorial was very well explained I was able to learn some more tricks to add to my arsenal lol
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 2.0 out of 5 by from A Few Good Ideas There were a few good ideas in this video, but it was wrong--or at least very odd--about several things. For example, why pull up the gain on all your tracks, then group them and pull down all the faders when it hits the 2-bus too hard? That doesn't make sense. Better to gain stage it properly from the beginning, so that you're not blowing out your 2-bus and you can have your faders closer to zero--where fader movements have much finer resolution--when you start. Similarly, putting the multi-band compressor on the 2-bus might make sense if you were using different settings for each of the bands, but using precisely the same settings on each bands renders the multi-band functionality moot.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great tutorial I really enjoyed this one and it was really insightful to see how the magic of mixing can really transform a song from start to finish
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 2.0 out of 5 by from SO, SO. This may be ok for beginners, however, more experienced engineers will check out early. Also, the song is not my kind of music, so I lost interest because it was hard on my ears; e.g. raspy out of tune vocals, to much distortion, dynamics are one dimensional.
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Great mixing class I really enjoy watching and learning from these videos. Thanks!
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 2.0 out of 5 by from Good content I like the content but the trainer is very hard to listen to due to all the pauses he does during the presentation.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from very much needed this is just what the upcoming generation of audio mixers need. respect to kenny.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Interesting Stuff I found this very helpful. I really enjoyed seeing how Kenny dialed up all of the tones in the session.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Quite Good. Good overview.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Mix session from hell Really good and very interesting . Even though I use Cubase . Some great techniques that one can use in any DAW you are using .
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Kenny is so helpful when he creates a video series! His style is unique! Kenny tells you what he does and why. He focuses on the more important things, things I might not have thought of myself. Clear instruction keeps me wanting to soak up every detail.
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Extremely useful information Really great presentation of what is required to take a song from raw to final production. I learned a lot of very practical techniques & workflow.
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from HELPFUL VERY GOOD AT TELL YOU HOW TO SET UP SESSIONS FRO THE START
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Kenny does it again Always enjoy Kenny's tutorials, especially ones like this about mixing. I learn more watching his tutorials that many of the others (like the whole 'Explained' series.
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent-Thorough Kenny left no stones unturned in this excellent piece. Fantastic clip gain section for vocals. Thanks Kenny!
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from This is a great learning tool. I've taken a lot of training classes but this course was excellent. This was just like being there throughout Kenny's mixing session. You get to see every decision he makes which was really valuable.
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Mixing 101 Excellent investment provides the opportunity to get multiple perspectives.
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Clear and thorough Great detail on mixing vocals, guitars, bass, drums, as well as useful overviews of the FX plugins
Date published: 1969-12-31