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Mixing with Toontrack EZmix 2

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    8:39

    In this tutorial we're introduced to EZMix 2 and how it can be used to produce and mix faster, with a wide range of options.

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    Tutorial 2

    Setting Up

    11:17

    Before digging in, Kenny runs through all of the settings and preferences, and how the browsing filters make large amounts of presets manageable.

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    Tutorial 3

    Kick Drum

    10:21

    Kenny starts off with the Kick Drum and all of the varying presets that allow him to mold the tone of the drum for any specific musical situation. Whether it be EQ, compression, transient adjustment or ambiance from reverb, it's all adjustable.

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    Tutorial 4

    Snare Drum

    9:13

    Next up is the Snare Drum. Like the Kick, EZmix 2 comes with a ton of presets that work specifically for the Snare Drum. In this tutorial Kenny goes through them and crafts killer Snare Drum sounds instantly before your very eyes.

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    Tutorial 5

    Tom Toms

    8:47

    In the this video, Kenny again goes through all of the specific presets and their adjustments focusing on Gates, Compression and EQ adjustments, making for some killer sounding Toms.

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    Tutorial 6

    Overhead and Room Mics

    6:08

    Next, Kenny tackles the Overhead and Room Mics found in a typical drum recording. Using presets designed for cymbals, Kenny demonstrates how to make your Room Mics sound huge.

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    Tutorial 7

    Drum Buss and Reverb

    8:34

    Finally, watch Kenny buss all of the drum tracks together and again treat them with specialized presets for the task, as well as apply light EQ and Compression Effects to really make the drums pop.

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    Tutorial 8

    Bass Guitar

    10:49

    One of the more powerful features in EZmix 2 is it's ability to recreate the sounds of real amplifiers using just direct guitar recordings. This really shines on Bass as you can eliminate your amps while still having dozens and dozens of choices to nail that perfect Bass sound.

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    Tutorial 9

    Guitars

    12:09

    Next, Kenny dives into Guitars. Discover all of the great amp choices EZmix 2 offers and see how to use them to make your guitar tracks sit perfectly in your mix.

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    Tutorial 10

    Keyboards

    10:54

    EZmix 2 also includes many Keyboard presets that are specially designed for this purpose. Whether we want brighter Pianos, growlier Organs or more lush Strings, this video shows you just how to do it.

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    Tutorial 11

    Misc Presets

    14:03

    Many presets in EZmix 2 are titled Miscellaneous as they have many functions and can be used on just about any source, creatively or musically. In this video, Kenny goes through all of them and offers ideas on their possibilities and power.

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    Tutorial 12

    Vocals

    14:59

    One of the hardest instruments to record and get right in the mix are Vocals. In this tutorial, Kenny reveals exactly how to make your Vocals sing, using EQ, Compression, De-Essers, Reverb and Delay. Additionally, using EZmix 2 as an Effect Return is also showcased.

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    Tutorial 13

    Master Buss

    10:19

    Tying it all together are the Master Presets that are designed to be inserted right on your Master 2 Buss Output. This can be tricky, but the presets and their parameter adjustments take all the guess work out of the complicated process. Loudness and Limiting are also discussed in full detail.

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    Tutorial 14

    Extra Preset Paks

    3:54

    EZmix 2 is all about presets. In these tutorials Kenny discusses exactly how to get the most out of each one, but at some point, you're going to want more. In this video Kenny features a couple of Extra Paks and how to utilize them to their fullest potential.

Multi-Platinum mixer / producer Kenny Gioia returns with an epic series on mixing with the new Toontrack EZmix 2 software package! See how easy it is to get amazing results from this truly amazing plug-in suite and go from blah to bling with just a few clicks...

Kenny begins with an introduction to the software and how it is used in your DAW, as well as how to set it up, fine tune its Preferences and work the Preset Browser and its Filters. Kenny then focuses on the all important Kick and Snare sounds, utilizing the fantastic mix presets found in EXmix 2 to create banging ones and twos. Toms, Overhead & Room Mics, as well as Drum Buss & Reverb are all looked at in detail, showing you how to mix killer drum sounds right in your DAW.

Moving on, Kenny sets his sights on Guitars and shows how to get super-realistic amp sounds for both Bass and Guitar that will tempt you to put your real recording amps on eBay! Keyboards are then showcased and Kenny crafts bright Pianos, growling Organs and lush Strings using the built in presets! Miscellaneous Presets are then looked at and how they can be applied to a vast amount of sources both creatively and musically.

Mixing Vocals is now revealed, and Kenny shows you how to use EXmix 2 to get them to sit perfectly in your mix using EQ, Compression, De-Essers, Reverb, Delay and more. Using the mighty Master Bus Presets, Kenny explains how to beef up your overall mix simply and effectively, making it both louder and punchier. Wrapping up the series, Kenny demonstrates how to use Extra Preset Paks to expand your sonic palette.

If you want to mix your own music and find it difficult, why not make it EZ and professional sounding? Watch "Mixing with Toontrack EZmix 2" today.

FredericksMetal
Submitted 4 months ago

Really great tutorial!

I bought this recently and have been playing around with it. This video series really helped me understand how to go about mixing a whole song with just EZMix2. This plugin is amazing and so are these videos. Thanks very much.

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

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rnodern
Submitted 7 months ago

Kenny rocks

Simple plugin, but thoroughly explained. I really like this trainer!

I am a: Musician, Hobbyist

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JackARoo
Submitted 1 year ago

A great piece of software !

EZmix 2 is a great way to get a head start on all your mixing jobs. In some cases, you may even consider the job finished using only presets !

I am a: Professional, Producer, Musician

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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 with Toontrack EZmix 2 is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Really great tutorial! I bought this recently and have been playing around with it. This video series really helped me understand how to go about mixing a whole song with just EZMix2. This plugin is amazing and so are these videos. Thanks very much.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Kenny rocks Simple plugin, but thoroughly explained. I really like this trainer!
Date published: 2016-08-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from A great piece of software ! EZmix 2 is a great way to get a head start on all your mixing jobs. In some cases, you may even consider the job finished using only presets !
Date published: 2016-04-10