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Building a DAW Mix Template

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Setup

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    2:56

    Michael gives an overview of the philosophy behind this tutorial.

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    Tutorial 2

    The Initial Setup

    3:07

    Michael explains how the tutorial will progress and we begin the setup.

Reverbs

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    Tutorial 3

    Room

    9:12

    For our smallest ambience, we've got three allotted options.

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    Tutorial 4

    Plate

    3:27

    For vocals and drums, the Waves Abbey Road Plates sounds excellent.

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    Tutorial 5

    Spring

    3:47

    Explore two spring reverb options to give guitars a wonderful presence.

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    Tutorial 6

    VVV

    2:23

    See another reverb with a colored tail to add dimension to our tracks.

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    Tutorial 7

    H-Verb

    1:41

    Explore some non-linear options with this amazingly versatile Waves reverb.

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    Tutorial 8

    Blackhole

    3:07

    For those massive out-of-world style reverbs, learn how the Blackhole from Eventide can be just what's needed.

Delays

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    Tutorial 9

    1/16 & 1/8

    9:59

    Discover how these two timed basic delays can give a rhythmic backbone to the tracks.

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    Tutorial 10

    Tape Slap

    5:05

    Here, Michael uses a traditional effect in a very aggressive way.

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    Tutorial 11

    Short Taps

    4:00

    See how a number of short delays can sometimes be a better option than a traditional reverb.

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    Tutorial 12

    EchoBoy

    4:09

    Our first colored, timed delay - the "do it all" EchoBoy.

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    Tutorial 13

    H-Delay

    3:41

    Explore the famed ping-pong mode of the H-Delay - a favorite of many.

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    Tutorial 14

    Primal

    3:16

    Based on the Lexicon Prime Time, this SoundToys recreation has a wonderfully warm sound unto itself.

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    Tutorial 15

    Echoes

    4:57

    Explore how this underrated Nomad Factory analog echo box simulator can sound great or alternatively, we could use T-Racks' Tape Echo.

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    Tutorial 16

    Replika XT

    4:13

    See how our final timed delay option bridges the gap into our modulation effects. This latest Native Instruments delay has some unique post-delay modulation options.

Modulation

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    Tutorial 17

    Excalibur (or variant)

    7:42

    See how Exponential Audio's Excalibur is deployed but alternatively, we can use Valhalla DSP's UberMod.

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    Tutorial 18

    H3000 (or variant)

    10:57

    Discover how this classic widening effect can be created from either the Eventide H3000, Waves Reel ADT, SoundToys Microshift or the Waves Doubler.

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    Tutorial 19

    Mutron (or variant)

    3:44

    Michael attempts to recreate an old analog classic phasing effect with a Waves plugin or another version of Exclalibur as an alternative.

Routing

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    Tutorial 20

    Sending Some FX to Other FX

    7:36

    We explore the options opened up by create multi-fx chains.

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    Tutorial 21

    The "Drum Squish" Parallel Path

    8:06

    Michael shows the thickness and presence we can attain by having a second, heavily compressed drum channel.

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    Tutorial 22

    The "Vox Squish" Parallel Path

    6:12

    Similar to the drum path, here we send our vocal down a second, heavily effected path to bring our vocal forward.

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    Tutorial 23

    The "ALL" Subgroups

    2:26

    Michael explains these subgroup channels where all our instrumental groups come together.

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    Tutorial 24

    Mix Bus FX & Metering

    12:16

    Michael breaks down first the routing logic and then the processing applied over the mix bus.

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    Tutorial 25

    Master Faders

    9:08

    After seeing a few more mix bus options. discover how Master Faders can be headroom conditioners for our gain structure.

Using the Template

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    Tutorial 26

    Importing the Template into your Song

    6:21

    See Michael now demo the actual song we're using and then importing our template into.

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    Tutorial 27

    Routing Groups & Organizing Tracks

    8:54

    With our template now imported, we need to make some organisational changes so everything goes where it's supposed to go.

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    Tutorial 28

    Getting FX Going in the Track

    11:31

    Watch Michael begin to add various effects which leads into the need and deployment of VCA master faders.

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    Tutorial 29

    More FX on Drums, Guitars, & Keys Pt. 1

    12:01

    Michael continues to explore effect options over some of the drums, guitars and keyboards.

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    Tutorial 30

    More FX on Drums, Guitars, & Keys Pt. 2

    13:47

    We conclude with Michael exploring a few effect options over some of the drums, guitars and keyboards.

Studio wiz Michael Costa brings you in-depth video tutorials focused on building an awesome mixing template for your DAW. See how professionals get a mix done with this time-saving practice that allows you to concentrate on the mix!

From setup to routing, reverbs to delays, compression routing techniques, using mix buses and more, Michael breaks down the art of making a great mix template and using it for your productions.

See the individual tutorial descriptions below for more info. If you mix music or any kind of recordings, a mix template can drastically increase your productivity and allow you to be more creative. Watch Building a DAW Mix Template today!

dan19460
Submitted 1 week ago

Pleasantly surprised. Learned more than I expected.

I was expecting a little more of a tactical tutorial involving templates and such but it ended up being much more general and valuable, in my opinion. It helped clarify how some of the pros handle routing and organize vca's, etc. At the same time, it introduced me to some cool plugins that I wasn't too familiar with. The instructor also has a pleasant delivery and pace. Must be the english accent! Recommended.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer

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Scorpion
Submitted 2 months ago

Good for ideas!

This tutorial shows some good tips and tricks to organize your sessions. However, a lot of these videos just show which plugins this producer uses. I expected more info about the signal flow, I/O settings, busses,... , rather than info about the 10 different plugins he uses... it's a bit useless because everyone has it's own favourite plugins.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Audio Engineer, Musician, Student

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DoctorCalabria
Submitted 2 months ago

Not what I expected, but informative nonetheless

Informative in that it outlines a specific professional engineer's workflow and setup, but the title is a bit misleading since I didn't feel it helped me to create templates in a general sense. I would have given it a 5 instead of a 4 otherwise.

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

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GilCon Music
Submitted 2 months ago

Building a DAW Mix Template

Excellent approach and helpful designing a Mix Template to fix one's specific workflow.

I am a: Producer

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Arib Crisp
Submitted 3 months ago

Great way to save time

I've been looking around for some great tutorials to help me make a complete mix template to use, and this was a great one. Very comprehensive and a good way to keep the ball rolling, focus on creativity, save time and reduce the frustration of having to setup things every time while mixing.

I am a: Producer, Hobbyist

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frankie56
Submitted 4 months ago

Excellent !!!!!

Very usefull Tutorial to Organize the Work with Cubase.

I am a: Hobbyist

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Bayswater
Submitted 5 months ago

Interesting and well done; not entirely on topic

I was looking for ideas on templates as the title suggests. The tutorial has a lot of them, and they are very good. But a lot of it is about the use of effects, busses and master faders in mixing, and not so much about building useful templates. If you want to see some very creative use off effects, watch it all. If you want to focus on template ideas, you can skip a lot of this.

I am a: Musician

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I was classically trained in piano from the age of 7 and had a strong obsession with popular music right throughout my youth. I played keyboards in various rock bands in the mid 80's but found a pronounced leaning towards the technology and computer side of music as samplers and computers became more attainable in the late 80's.

2. What training have you had?

In 1989 I completed my Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Music Technology from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. Much of my tech knowledge in those pre-internet days came from devouring issues of Keyboard, Mix and EM - monthly, without fail.

3. When did you get into recording?

I started getting into recording in 1984 with a Tascam 244 4-track cassette system. In 1989 I moved to a Digidesign Sound Tools II system - a true random access 2 track editor - and that was the beginning of a long association with Digidesign products. I married this hardware up to Opcode's Studio Vision for many years as well as getting in at the ground floor with Pro Tools v1 in 1991. I've been a Pro Tools user since then right up to the current day.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I've been lucky enough to work with a huge cross section of talent within the Australian music scene. Names like: INXS, Little River Band, John Farnham, Kasey Chambers and Richard Clapton. Plus music editing on breakout movies like Shine and Strictly Ballroom with Oscar nominated composer, David Hirschfelder.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I think I'm good at training because I really love this stuff - I genuinely want to show people how cool these tools are. Even as a fully grown adult, I still find myself getting excited like a little kid about the magic we can do with our systems these days and wondering how far it can go in the years to come. I hope that enthusiasm is contagious!

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Building a DAW Mix Template is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 7.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Pleasantly surprised. Learned more than I expected. I was expecting a little more of a tactical tutorial involving templates and such but it ended up being much more general and valuable, in my opinion. It helped clarify how some of the pros handle routing and organize vca's, etc. At the same time, it introduced me to some cool plugins that I wasn't too familiar with. The instructor also has a pleasant delivery and pace. Must be the english accent! Recommended.
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Good for ideas! This tutorial shows some good tips and tricks to organize your sessions. However, a lot of these videos just show which plugins this producer uses. I expected more info about the signal flow, I/O settings, busses,... , rather than info about the 10 different plugins he uses... it's a bit useless because everyone has it's own favourite plugins.
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Not what I expected, but informative nonetheless Informative in that it outlines a specific professional engineer's workflow and setup, but the title is a bit misleading since I didn't feel it helped me to create templates in a general sense. I would have given it a 5 instead of a 4 otherwise.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Building a DAW Mix Template Excellent approach and helpful designing a Mix Template to fix one's specific workflow.
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great way to save time I've been looking around for some great tutorials to help me make a complete mix template to use, and this was a great one. Very comprehensive and a good way to keep the ball rolling, focus on creativity, save time and reduce the frustration of having to setup things every time while mixing.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent !!!!! Very usefull Tutorial to Organize the Work with Cubase.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Interesting and well done; not entirely on topic I was looking for ideas on templates as the title suggests. The tutorial has a lot of them, and they are very good. But a lot of it is about the use of effects, busses and master faders in mixing, and not so much about building useful templates. If you want to see some very creative use off effects, watch it all. If you want to focus on template ideas, you can skip a lot of this.
Date published: 2016-11-11