X

Instant Savings

Spring Savings Event - Save 33% Site-Wide!

Save 33% on all downloads or get the 1 Year All-Access Pass for only $100

Audio Mixing Tutorial

Effect Plug-Ins Explained

  5.0   (3)  - log in to review
23 Videos
Length: 3hr 58min 44sec
Own it Forever
$25 Download
72 Hour Rental
$299 Rent
Access the Entire Site
$15 /month Get Your Pass

EQ

  • image description

    Tutorial 1

    Intro to Frequency

    6:32

    In this tutorial you are given fundamental understanding of what frequency is and how it relates to your mix.

  • image description

    Tutorial 2

    EQ Overview

    11:03

    This video describes the key concepts behind EQ, what all the common features of an EQ are, such as frequency, Q, filter type, etc... Most importantly it is full of audio examples so you can hear how these parameters affect your sound.

  • image description

    Tutorial 3

    EQ on Acoustic & Electronic Drums

    14:30

    Dig in deeper and start applying the concepts you have developed. Get strong understanding of how you can use EQ on various elements of drums. Learn how to fatten a kick drum, or bring out more attack, see and hear how you use EQ on toms, cymbals, snare drums. Also learn how to use EQ on electronic drums.

  • image description

    Tutorial 4

    EQ on Guitar

    16:05

    This video introduces several different guitar riffs, of varying style, and shows you how to use EQ in each unique situation. Essential viewing for anyone looking to mix bands or work with guitar.

  • image description

    Tutorial 5

    EQ on Bass Guitar

    15:11

    Bass guitar can be a hard thing to mix. EQ is crucial to getting bass to sit right with the other elements. This video examines several different bass styles and looks at lots of options for achieving a wide range of possibilities.

  • image description

    Tutorial 6

    EQ on Vocals

    9:41

    This video takes a look at several male vocal riffs and how you can use EQ to manipulate them. Learn how to help bring your vocal out in a mix, clean up the low end and more.

Compression

  • image description

    Tutorial 7

    Intro to Dynamics

    11:25

    Dynamics is the range of volume for a sound, softest to loudest. Good dynamics are essential to creating a good mix. This tutorial gives you a foundation on what dynamics are, how they relate to your mix and sets you up for the rest of the tutorials in this chapter.

  • image description

    Tutorial 8

    Compression Overview

    7:06

    Compressor Plug-Ins can be hard to understand initially. This tutorial details each parameter commonly found in a compressor, regardless of manufacturer. If you want to get comfortable with compression and how to use compressors, this is a must see.

  • image description

    Tutorial 9

    Compression on Acoustic Drums

    13:35

    We look at the acoustic drums again, this time focusing on compression. In this video each element of the acoustic drum kit is detailed and discussed. Learn essential skills for taming volume, bringing out the ring, fattening or adding space to your acoustic drum mixes.

  • image description

    Tutorial 10

    Compression on Electronic Drums

    10:48

    Compressing electronic drums can require a different approach than acoustic drums, so this tutorial focuses specifically on how you can use compressors to improve your mixes that use electronic drums.

  • image description

    Tutorial 11

    Compression on Guitar

    12:27

    We revisit several different guitar riffs that cover a range of styles. Each style may need a different approach when using compression, so we take care to show you these differences and walk through the process with each different riff.

  • image description

    Tutorial 12

    Compression on Bass

    7:35

    This video takes you through using compression on several different styles and examples of bass guitar. Learn how to tighten up the bass without losing too much low end and tons of other practical examples with real world use.

  • image description

    Tutorial 13

    Compression on Vocals

    9:09

    This video takes another look at our male vocalist takes and shows how you can use compression to really smooth out vocal takes, add richness to your sound and more.

Reverb

  • image description

    Tutorial 14

    Intro to Reverb

    5:55

    Reverb is both simple and complex. In this video you get a good basic understanding the elements that make up the natural reverb you hear everyday and how those relate to the reverb plug-ins we use.

  • image description

    Tutorial 15

    Reverb Overview

    11:57

    Learn all the various elements of a Reverb plug-in, what each means and how they each affect your audio.

  • image description

    Tutorial 16

    Using Reverb as a Send

    5:32

    This video details how to set up a Reverb as a send and return type effect. This setup allows you to blend the reverb signal with the original signal much more effectively and really control your reverb. You also are able to share the one reverb amongst several tracks.

  • image description

    Tutorial 17

    Reverb on Drums

    9:08

    Detailed instruction on how to effectively use reverb on the individual elements of your drums as well as the overall kit.

  • image description

    Tutorial 18

    Reverb on Guitar & Bass

    9:19

    Essential reverb techniques for dealing with guitar and a detailed look at how reverb affects bass.

  • image description

    Tutorial 19

    Reverb on Vocals

    8:17

    We take another look at the male vocals and see the effects reverb can have as well as some interesting and useful ways to use reverb on your vocals, in your mixes.

Delay

  • image description

    Tutorial 20

    Delay Overview

    8:03

    This video describes what delay is, how it can be created and the common elements you will find in delay plug-ins.

  • image description

    Tutorial 21

    Delay on Drums

    13:33

    Learn how you can use delay to add new life to your drum parts, give depth and add space. Also learn some more creative uses of delay with drums.

  • image description

    Tutorial 22

    Delay on Guitar & Bass

    14:25

    This video goes through several different guitar and bass parts while showing you the various ways you can use delay to enhance these elements in your mixes.

  • image description

    Tutorial 23

    Delay on Vocals

    7:28

    Delay can help blend your vocals, give them extra depth or thicken them up. It can be a great creative effect for production work or used subtly to help vocals fit in the mix. This video teaches you some practical uses and examples that you can implement.

In this series of training videos you'll learn the essential basics to properly and effectively use EQ, compression, delay and reverb plug-ins in any recording program! We don't just recite the textbook meaning of each knob and button, you're going to see and hear each of these plug-in types used on acoustic and live drums, guitar, bass and vocals.

The tutorials are shown in Ableton Live using Sonnox plug-ins as well as Live's built-in effects, but the theories and techniques are timeless and work with any brand plug-in or device. Get a rock-solid foundation on the most important tools that pro's use to make their mixes come to life and shine.

james c
Submitted 2 months ago

Very good tutorial, very good teacher

Really enjoyed this tutorial...teacher has a good style. Things were explained well.

I am a: Musician

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

duke1418
Submitted 7 months ago

One of the best tutorials I've watched.

This tutorial gives an excellent overview of the effect and use of plugins. I enjoyed seeing how the plugins were used, what effects changes to the settings had on the sound, and the various examples. I'll probably watch it once more, to be sure I captured everything..

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

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

JulianFlor
Submitted 7 months ago

Excellent!

Very detailed and well explained. Congratulations - I just learned a lot!

I am a: Producer, Musician, Hobbyist

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I have been living and breathing music, and music technology, for most of my life. I first got into music by learning guitar over 20 years ago, at around 11 years old, and after playing in bands throughout my school years. I studied Audio engineering at college, at first with analogue tape and MIDI gear using external synths and an early version of Cubase.

2. What training have you had?

After leaving school and earning a living playing in bands for a while I started working in live sound in the mid 1990s, working on a lot of live music events, large and small, while still writing and producing my own music, both solo and with various different bands.  By this time my music took more electronic focus, switching to Logic to sequence samplers, synths and drum machines, and record live instruments and vocals. 

3. When did you get into recording?

From 2000 I worked in a production studio in the UK, mainly using Logic, Cubase SX, Nuendo, Wavelab, Sound Forge and the Waves plug-ins for audio engineering, and Reason and Acid for music composition, until discovering Ableton Live in 2002.

4. People you have worked with/for?

When MIDI was added to Live in version 4, I focused much more on using Ableton Live with Native Instruments and Waves Plug-ins, getting to know them intimately. Over the last few years I have been an internal tester for Ableton’s upcoming versions and I am also an Ableton Certified Trainer.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I am good at training people because I have an intimate relationship and passion with the technology I use. I strive to develop a deep understanding of the tools I use and genuinely want to share that expereince with others

Products by Craig

  • image description
    tutorial video

    Ableton Live 8 Explained - Vol 1

    This collection of Ableton Live video tutorials, presented by Ableton Certified Trainer Craig McCullough, will explain the features and functions of one of the worlds most revolutionary DAW’s, Ableton Live. Learn the important basics right the first time as Craig takes you through them step by step.

  • image description
    tutorial video

    Ableton Live 8 Explained - Vol 2

    This collection of advanced Ableton Live video tutorials, presented by Ableton Certified Trainer Craig McCullough, will explain the deeper features and functions of Ableton Live. Craig offers knowledge that is sure to take your Ableton Live skills to the next level and make you a master.

  • image description
    tutorial video

    Ableton Live Clip Tricks

    Use Ableton Live? Well then you need to know all of these awesome clip tricks! Ableton Certified Trainer Craig McCullough takes you through all of his personal favorites, one by one, in this power packed micro series, empowering you and your Ableton Live knowledge to work faster and more creatively.

  • image description
    tutorial video

    Designing Electronic Drums

    Ableton Certified Trainer Craig McCullough reveals the steps to design fat, brilliant modern and classic electronic drum sounds. The techniques Craig shows you can then be applied in any DAW and to any type of sound to make them stand out and be noticed!

  • image description
    tutorial video

    DJ with Ableton Live - Vol 1

    Ableton Certified Trainer Craig McCullough takes you through the fundamentals of DJ'ing with Live, demystifying commonly misunderstood and overlooked skills and techniques needed to create a solid DJ set, and get the club moving.

You might be also interested in

The All-Access Pass gives you just that, instant online access to every single video tutorial currently on the site and any ones that get added during your membership.

T-RackS is a high end Mastering and Mixing suite of plug-ins for your DAW. Do you know how to use it to give your productions that “pro” radio quality sound? This series by engineer extraordinaire Michael Costa, walks you through it all with the amazing IK Multimedia T-RackS.

Officially authorized by the makers of Auto-Tune, Antares Audio Technologies, this collection of video tutorials will leave no Auto-Tune EVO questions unanswered. Shot with Auto-Tune Evo and Auto-Tune v5, the series contains in-depth video tutorials running almost 3 hours in length.

If you produce and mix music, you’ve got to understand how compression is the glue holding everything together. In this all new, in-depth video tutorial series, studio expert Dave Askew teaches you everything you need to know about compression from the beginning to end.

Effect Plug-Ins Explained is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very good tutorial, very good teacher Really enjoyed this tutorial...teacher has a good style. Things were explained well.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from One of the best tutorials I've watched. This tutorial gives an excellent overview of the effect and use of plugins. I enjoyed seeing how the plugins were used, what effects changes to the settings had on the sound, and the various examples. I'll probably watch it once more, to be sure I captured everything..
Date published: 2016-09-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent! Very detailed and well explained. Congratulations - I just learned a lot!
Date published: 2016-08-20