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Mixing with SONAR

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    1:14

    In this series we will mix a song from importing tracks to printing the final stereo master. We use the X1 Expanded Pro Channel along with optional modules for the majority of the project. This series will show a wide variety mixing techniques as well as take you on the tour of the Pro Channel Modules and features.

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    Tutorial 2

    Importing Tracks

    8:53

    Import the audio tracks, name the tracks, create track folders.

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    Tutorial 3

    Submix Buses

    9:17

    Create the 4 primary bus channels, Customize the bus channel colors, assign the tracks to the correct buses, select and label the hardware output, configure the multidock, sync trackview and the console view, hide the metronome.

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    Tutorial 4

    Listen

    13:06

    Listen, review the lyrics, mark the song sections, time signature changes, adjust levels for a basic mix.

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    Tutorial 5

    Design Your Desk

    7:03

    Build your dream mixing console using ProChannel modules! Watch how we customize the channel strips, bus channels and the master bus for this project.

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    Tutorial 6

    Channel Colors

    2:43

    Learn a simple trick for better differentiation of channels on your virtual console.

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    Tutorial 7

    Musical Time Calc

    2:42

    We often need to refer to millisecond values to setup echo delay times and compressor release settings among other things. Learn how to calculate those and have them handy during the project.

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    Tutorial 8

    Fast Zoom

    3:36

    Learn a macro trick to quickly zoom in and out with single key commands.

Lead Vocal

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    Tutorial 9

    Lead Vocal Leveling

    12:19

    We want to focus on the lead vocal first. Before adding any compression or EQ, we start by manually leveling the vocal with some clip automation.

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    Tutorial 10

    Lead Vocal Sound

    10:41

    Focusing on the lead vocal we want to apply corrective EQ, add some saturation, compression and enhancement.

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    Tutorial 11

    Vocal Slapback FX

    6:19

    We get started with vocal effects by adding a Slapback echo effect on an FX bus. He we use the Channel Tools delay for the effect and Pro Channel EQ to process the single echo.

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    Tutorial 12

    Vocal Stereo Delay FX

    5:16

    Next we add a stereo delay to add movement to the lead vocal using the calculations from the earlier video. For the delay effect we use our trusty Sonitus delay plugin!

Background Vocals

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    Tutorial 13

    Tightening the BV Pt. 1

    21:42

    Here we used Audio Snap to tight up the timing of the background vocals. After doing the manual adjustments, we show how to bounce the parts to lock in the high quality Audio Snap algorithm.

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    Tutorial 14

    Tightening the BV Pt. 2

    4:50

    To improve the low background vocals, we separate the low parts and high parts to different tracks and bounce using different algorithms.

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    Tutorial 15

    BV Panning EQ Comp Verb

    13:06

    In this video we show how we set up panning for pairs of background vocals, then review the channel compression and EQ for each part. We also take a look at the BV bus compression and add a TSAR Pro Channel reverb to complete the sound.

Drums

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    Tutorial 16

    Overheads

    12:17

    We start the drum mix from the overheads. After checking the phase, we do some edits to level the toms then add compression and EQ.

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    Tutorial 17

    Room Mics

    7:46

    We give the room mics some character using the Softube FET compressor module and add focus to the low end with a boost and low mid dip. Then we take it to the next level by suppressing transients using Transient Shaper and then widening using Channel Tools.

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    Tutorial 18

    Kick Sound

    8:40

    In this video we focus in on the kick sound and tweak the attack and release with the TS 64 Transient Shaper. Then we add EQ from the ProChannel.

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    Tutorial 19

    Kick Sample

    8:31

    To support the kick for this rock style mix, we add two samples using Audio Snap and a temporary instrument track.

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    Tutorial 20

    Snare Sound

    9:20

    To dial in the snare sound, we rely on the Pro Channel including the gate and the Softube Passive Equalizer.

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    Tutorial 21

    Kick Revisited

    6:31

    With the snare dialed in the Kick isn't quite right so we update the EQ using the Softube Focusing EQ Pro Channel module.

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    Tutorial 22

    Drum Bus

    8:26

    To really make the drums punchy we add some 1176 style 'all buttons' limiting to the drum bus. But to preserve the transients we use 'New York' style parallel compression. Here we bring in the full version of the Softube FET compressor that includes the mix control and detection circuit EQ. We complete the drum bus processing with a tape emulation plugin.

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    Tutorial 23

    Drum Reverb

    4:38

    To add a bit more space to the drums we add some room reverb using the Softube TSAR Pro Channel module.

Bass

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    Tutorial 24

    Bass Editing

    16:01

    First we look at creating a side chain for the bass with the kick drum to lock in the timing. In this song that doesn't do exactly what we need so we move on to some simple editing to lock the kick to the bass on key parts of the song.

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    Tutorial 25

    Bass Sound

    12:43

    Here we add EQ a touch of compression and blend the straight and fuzz bass tracks to get a bass bass tone to fit the song.

Guitars

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    Tutorial 26

    Rhythm Guitars Pt. 1

    14:55

    There are eight electric guitar tracks in this song. We identify the 3 key rhythm parts apply EQ and panning to each. See how we use delay to add some space and width to electric guitar tracks.

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    Tutorial 27

    Rhythm Guitars Pt. 2

    13:13

    We bring in additional rhythm parts that support key sections and transitions in the song. See how we apply editing to keep the parts clean and create sectional contrast. We also bring up the overdubbed rimshot parts that play in sync with the guitar 'scratching' figure on the verses.

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    Tutorial 28

    Solo Guitars

    11:58

    Solo slide parts are included on a track that has more guitar rhythms. Here we separate those parts to a second track, make sure the transitions are cleanly edited then apply delay effects to the slide and main solo parts.

Final Tweaks

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    Tutorial 29

    Shaker

    4:08

    A simple shaker part makes up the only dedicated percussion on the song. We edit the shaker to bring it in and out to add sectional contrast. We also apply a simple effect to give this mono track some width.

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    Tutorial 30

    Revisions

    17:43

    At this point we make a couple of changes to early decisions. We decide not to use the audio snap versions of the background vocals. In this video we rework the background vocals and also turn off the gating on the snare. We then explain a change we made to the snare setup and the addition of bus compression.

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    Tutorial 31

    MonoMaker

    8:49

    Can mono make your mix wider? Sometimes! See how we use a custom FX Chain to automate the drums in and out of mono.

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    Tutorial 32

    The Big Part

    3:45

    See how balancing levels starting from the loudest most intense part of the mix can make mixing more efficient.

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    Tutorial 33

    Automation

    14:08

    As we work through the final details of the mix, we apply automation to keep the lead vocal out front, create movement and sectional contrast. we also use a custom effects chain to apply stereo width effects. Then it's time to mix down and listen in the car!

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    Tutorial 34

    Print It

    10:35

    At some point everything is in place or you run out of time. Either way, the party comes to an end and it's time print the mix to a 2 track master. We make a few final tweaks listen to the song and call it a day.

Addendum

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    Tutorial 35

    X1d Pro Channel EQ

    7:14

    Learn about the new Hybrid EQ mode, color coding and all the other new features of enhanced EQ that debuted in the 'd' release of X1 Expanded.

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    Tutorial 36

    X1d Quick Groups

    3:16

    This new features can save time and enhance your workflow when making similar changes across multiple channels. It can also speed up normal mix operations. Learn how to use the Ctrl key to activate this simple but powerful feature.

DAW master Bill Edstrom is back with another smash hit title, "Mixing with SONAR". You'll see the mix unfold, from beginning to end, with no stones unturned.. If you use SONAR, this is a must see.

Bill starts at the beginning showing you how to import audio tracks and how to design and set up your mixing board. He then goes meticulously over vocals and background vocals. Drums, bass, guitars are next to receive massaging and then automation, printing for CD and so much more.

If you use SONAR for your productions, this title is a must have. Unlock the true mixing power of SONAR... Get "Mixing with SONAR" today.

Garvolt
Submitted 3 months ago

No Audio Files

I purchased some years ago but I never received any audio files to follow along.

I am a: Musician

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Doobopuk
Submitted 4 months ago

Easy to follow & informative content.

What strikes me about this tutorial is the very structured approach used. It's easy to overlook this and just concentrate on the technical side but I have found that the preliminary work pays off 100 fold. So glad I bought this as have been floundering a bit up until now. Would have given 5 stars but unfortunately the video hasn't been updated to work with Sonar Platinum. Still incredibly useful though.

I am a: Musician, Hobbyist

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nuthatch
Submitted 5 months ago

Major mistake when importing files (part 1).

The files being imported have a 24 bit depth. The bit depth in Sonar is set to 16 bits. You do not want to do this! When the mix is complete, you may very well wish to convert bit depth to 16 (for a CD mix), but it simply not good procedure to do this until the mix is ready for export.

I am a: Musician, Hobbyist

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MarkR
Submitted 5 months ago

Learned a lot in this class

Very thorough mix tutorial although sometimes a bit speedy. There are lots to gain here especially for the first-time mixer. The class augments the Sonar explained series very well. The only gripe is that some of the Pro-Channel plug-ins used are not included with Sonar and are a bit expensive if you are working along with the video with your own mix tracks.

I am a: Musician

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patm300e
Submitted 9 months ago

Expert level Mixing at its best.

Bill Edstrom took the original song from meh to yes, I want to buy this. He shows SO many shortcuts to work flow in this video that it is worth the price of admission to all access and I am considering a separate download purchase. I went to the bands reverbnation site and listened to the same song and to my dismay it sounded bad. They should have just put this version up there. It sounds better (unmastered) than the version they have up there by a LARGE margin. I wish he would do the rest of the songs too. The band has chops, and the tracking of the band seems OK, but the released versions sound distorted to me.

I am a: Audio Engineer, Hobbyist

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fiveironbrad
Submitted 1 year ago

VERY Insightful.

I recently purchased Sonar Platinum and was pleased to come upon Groove3 and find these tutorials. In this one Bill is using a previous version, but I found most everything to still apply. I learned a lot about Sonar, and a lot about mixing. One note, I'm not sure if it is my speakers or the way this was recorded (or my ears!), but I found it a bit difficult to perceive the changes made to the very low frequencies such as with the kickdrum and bass, no big deal though.

I am a: Hobbyist, Beginner, Musician

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started on trumpet at age 10, but got more passionate when I picked up bass and guitar in high school. During college, I had a band where I shared lead vocals and electric guitar duties. After that I was in a variety of bands usually on bass or behind the mixing board.

2. What training have you had?

I studied electrical engineering in college but mostly learned recording and music on my own. Recently, I completed the Master of Songwriting and Guitar program through Berklee Music.

3. When did you get into recording?

I have always been fascinated with tape recording since fifth grade. I started by recording demos by bouncing back and forth between two cassette decks. Later I moved on to portastudios, ADATS, pro studios, then to a DAW based project studio.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I work with songwriters world-wide as the founder and creator of LilacWriter.com - an online collaboration site for songwriters. In my career, I have done FOH, producing, songwriting, mixing, mastering, and voice over. Used to work regionally, but now requests can come from anywhere in the world.

I've written two books on audio production: "Studio One for Engineers & Producers" and "The Power in Cakewalk SONAR" both published by Hal Leonard Books.

Whenever possible, I work closely with the developers of the products I teach doing testing, bug reporting, and feature requests. I think this gives me a much deeper understanding of the products. I really enjoy seeing the products I work with improve.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I have always been interested in making technology easier to use and understand. I think showing examples is essential when introducing a topic. I feel recording should be a fun and creative experience and I hope that comes across in my videos.

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Mixing with SONAR is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 6.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from No Audio Files I purchased some years ago but I never received any audio files to follow along.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Easy to follow & informative content. What strikes me about this tutorial is the very structured approach used. It's easy to overlook this and just concentrate on the technical side but I have found that the preliminary work pays off 100 fold. So glad I bought this as have been floundering a bit up until now. Would have given 5 stars but unfortunately the video hasn't been updated to work with Sonar Platinum. Still incredibly useful though.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Major mistake when importing files (part 1). The files being imported have a 24 bit depth. The bit depth in Sonar is set to 16 bits. You do not want to do this! When the mix is complete, you may very well wish to convert bit depth to 16 (for a CD mix), but it simply not good procedure to do this until the mix is ready for export.
Date published: 2016-10-31
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Learned a lot in this class Very thorough mix tutorial although sometimes a bit speedy. There are lots to gain here especially for the first-time mixer. The class augments the Sonar explained series very well. The only gripe is that some of the Pro-Channel plug-ins used are not included with Sonar and are a bit expensive if you are working along with the video with your own mix tracks.
Date published: 2016-10-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Expert level Mixing at its best. Bill Edstrom took the original song from meh to yes, I want to buy this. He shows SO many shortcuts to work flow in this video that it is worth the price of admission to all access and I am considering a separate download purchase. I went to the bands reverbnation site and listened to the same song and to my dismay it sounded bad. They should have just put this version up there. It sounds better (unmastered) than the version they have up there by a LARGE margin. I wish he would do the rest of the songs too. The band has chops, and the tracking of the band seems OK, but the released versions sound distorted to me.
Date published: 2016-07-14
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from VERY Insightful. I recently purchased Sonar Platinum and was pleased to come upon Groove3 and find these tutorials. In this one Bill is using a previous version, but I found most everything to still apply. I learned a lot about Sonar, and a lot about mixing. One note, I'm not sure if it is my speakers or the way this was recorded (or my ears!), but I found it a bit difficult to perceive the changes made to the very low frequencies such as with the kickdrum and bass, no big deal though.
Date published: 2016-02-18