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Mixing in Reel Time

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    3:25

    Kenny Gioia introduces this series of videos where he will go through the process of mixing a song from beginning to end.

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    Tutorial 2

    Importing & Creating a Rough Mix Pt. 1

    14:50

    The series starts with Kenny importing tracks into his session and start organizing with naming tracks and starting a rough mix.

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    Tutorial 3

    Importing & Creating a Rough Mix Pt. 2

    17:54

    Kenny continues his rough mix and his 'riding the fader' technique to get things started.

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    Tutorial 4

    Importing & Creating a Rough Mix Pt. 3

    14:22

    In this video, the drums get reordered, renamed, and rough levels are set.

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    Tutorial 5

    Importing & Creating a Rough Mix Pt. 4

    21:58

    Kenny finishes up the rough mix of the drums and starts to organize and set faders for the vocals.

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    Tutorial 6

    Organizing & Trimming

    16:53

    Now it's time to move on to arrangement and organization including trimming dead space from each track.

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    Tutorial 7

    Adding Color to the Tracks

    5:21

    Once the tracks are arranged and rough levels are set, Kenny starts color coding the tracks.

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    Tutorial 8

    Master Buss Processing

    19:17

    Now Kenny moves on to adding effects to the master bus.

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    Tutorial 9

    Kick Drums

    9:28

    Now it's time to start working on individual tracks and because of how this song is starting to sound, Kenny decides to start with the kick drum.

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    Tutorial 10

    Snare Drums

    8:35

    Moving on to the snare, Kenny works to not only make it sound it's best but also to blend well with the kick.

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    Tutorial 11

    Percussion

    17:26

    In this video, Kenny starts working on the remaining percussion tracks.

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    Tutorial 12

    Bass Tracks

    10:44

    Moving on, the bass is worked on next.

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    Tutorial 13

    Basic Vocal Sound

    11:41

    For this next video, Kenny works on a basic vocal sound so he can get a nice rough blend with the other instruments.

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    Tutorial 14

    Acoustic Guitars

    11:18

    Back to the instruments, Kenny starts to work on the acoustic guitars.

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    Tutorial 15

    Electric Guitars

    21:21

    Here, Kenny moves on to the electric guitars.

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    Tutorial 16

    Guitar Solo

    10:30

    Kenny starts making the guitar solo and the reverse guitar fit into the evolving mix.

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    Tutorial 17

    Keyboards

    21:40

    Kenny notices a difference in sound for the kick during the solo so he works on that, then moves on to making the keyboard tracks blend with the song.

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    Tutorial 18

    Vocal Effects

    10:15

    Time to work on vocal effects tracks.

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    Tutorial 19

    Markers or Regions

    9:24

    Now is a good time to add markers to make it easier to jump to various parts of the song.

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    Tutorial 20

    Background Vocals Pt. 1

    7:57

    Kenny starts working on background vocals.

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    Tutorial 21

    Background Vocals Pt. 2

    13:19

    Here Kenny moves on to the higher pitch background vocals.

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    Tutorial 22

    Verse Lead Vocals Pt. 1

    12:13

    Kenny's goal here is to make the lead vocals sound good in a static mix.

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    Tutorial 23

    Verse Lead Vocals Pt. 2

    13:42

    Continuing with the lead vocal, Kenny moves on to the second verse.

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    Tutorial 24

    Chorus Lead Vocals

    15:30

    Next, Kenny starts the chorus lead vocals.

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    Tutorial 25

    Double Vocals & Throws

    9:50

    Once the verse and chorus leads start sounding right, it's time to work on the double vocal and vocal throws.

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    Tutorial 26

    Ad Lib Vocals

    19:24

    Time for Kenny to work on the ad libs.

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    Tutorial 27

    Misc. Changes

    6:57

    Kenny makes a few changes here and there to the vocals before moving on to the final mix.

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    Tutorial 28

    Broad EQ Adjustments

    13:44

    Before getting deep into mixing, Kenny likes to apply what he calls 'Broad stroke EQ'.

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    Tutorial 29

    FX Sweeps

    9:51

    Time to start making instruments pop by using automation with FX sweeps.

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    Tutorial 30

    Lead Vocal Automation

    18:57

    Now Kenny will ride the lead vocals for maximum effect.

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    Tutorial 31

    Background Vocals & Throws Automation

    15:15

    The main vocals are done for the most part so here Kenny puts the final tweaks on the Background vocals.

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    Tutorial 32

    Chopped Vocal & Guitar Solo

    15:31

    Kenny automates the chop vocal and guitar solo to really make them stand out in the mix.

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    Tutorial 33

    Guitar Rides

    20:09

    Now it's time for Kenny to ride the automation for the guitars and make them sound great in the mix.

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    Tutorial 34

    Keyboard Rides

    14:10

    Here Kenny uses automation on the keyboards to help them find their own space in the almost completed mix.

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    Tutorial 35

    Final 2 Busses & Fade Tweaks

    13:42

    Almost done with the mix, Kenny tweaks the sounds for the final 2 bus and fades.

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    Tutorial 36

    Final Mix Playthrough

    3:17

    Listen to Kenny's final mix uninterrupted.

Platinum producer / engineer Kenny Gioia returns with his most in-depth video series yet. Follow along with Kenny as he mixes a complete song from beginning to end, leaving NOTHING out. At over 8 hours long, you'll hear and see Kenny's every move, including the mistakes, thought processes, and ultimately all his secrets for getting a pro mix!

Even better, Kenny has included the all the raw audio files to import into your own DAW. Now you can do what Kenny is doing in real-time, enabling you to gain a deeper understanding of the professional mix process. You can then apply your new knowledge to your own songs and productions, and get better sounding tracks fast.

See the individual tutorial descriptions below for more info. If you want to know what it takes to craft a professional mix, including all the pitfalls and solutions, this is the series to watch. Checkout "Mixing in Reel Time" now!

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 in Reel Time is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Valuable It's important for useful video to show the mixers thought process and this video does that . I highly recommend this video!
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great tutorial ! A fantastic look at mixing from start to finish, Kenny was great as usual and as a Reaper user it gave me a lot of great info about that program too.
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Great Mix Tut from Kenny! Kenny has always been one of my favorite engineers to learn from. I enjoy his passion for sharing his skills with others. His techniques really bring out the groove i this awesome song. Thanks again Kenny!
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great stuff Kenny Gioia is a very good Instruktor. His Tutorials are excellent!
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awsome !!! This is really something else... To be able to sit through a complete mix performed by a pro is priceless. So that's how they do it!! Briljant !
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Every detail covered. Lots of details given so you can know what was done and why. Some of the details were too specific to Reaper DAW, but the point was clear anyway. I would have preferred that it would've been done in Pro Tools.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice video series This is a great practical mix guide. Watch a pro mix a song from start to finish.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Diamond! Kenny's come through again. His videos have improved my mixes and work flow by leaps and bounds. We get the files as well with his latest. One word. Awesome! Keep them coming Kenny. Do a R&B mixing tutorial please.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Video!! Awesome Job Kenny!! Makes me wonna try out reaper. Keep it up. I
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dream tutorial Reaper is my DAW of choice, and this tutorial is *exactly* what I've been dying for. I recently got into mixing, having been a full time composer and sound designer for some time. So I sign up for Groove 3, and what do I find? Kenny Gioia doing a full mix, in Reaper, in real-time, with not a single step skipped. It's well-presented (I've been working through all his other tutorials and Kenny is legitimately amazing), and full of useful tips and shortcuts. Best of all, it uses a lot of stock plugins, which means anyone could download the fully functional trial version of Reaper and get started immediately. Seriously, what more could you want?
Date published: 2016-12-26
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