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The Mechanics of Mixing in Logic Pro X

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Setup

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    Tutorial 1

    The Mechanics of Mixing

    2:02

    Get an overview of what this series is about, and hear an A/B comparison between the raw tracks and the finished mix.

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    Tutorial 2

    Creating & Coloring Markers

    4:51

    Listen through to the mix as it was delivered as markers are created for each section of the song.

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    Tutorial 3

    Organizing the Instrument Tracks

    4:28

    Follow along as the tracks are renamed, and the default channel strip setting plug-ins removed.

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    Tutorial 4

    Organizing the Vocal Tracks

    7:31

    The vocal tracks are bounced back to mono, and split up on to separate tracks for every verse, chorus, bridge, vocal FX, and coda.

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    Tutorial 5

    Track Stacks & Signal Flow

    10:37

    See how both summing stacks and folder stacks are set up to control signal flow and routing of all the tracks in the project.

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    Tutorial 6

    Faders Up!

    10:47

    Follow along as initial fader levels are set for a general overall blend of all the elements, while making sure to leave plenty of headroom on the master bus.

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    Tutorial 7

    The Master Bus

    6:03

    Watch as a duplicate Master Bus channel strip is set up for metering purposes, and some gentle compression is dialed in to catch sharp transients.

The Instruments

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    Tutorial 8

    The Drums Pt. 1

    9:29

    Follow along as processing is added to the overheads, kick, snare, and high hat mics.

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    Tutorial 9

    The Drums Pt. 2

    13:54

    See how to make the drum mix sound more exciting by setting up parallel processing for the kick tracks, snare tracks, and full drum mix.

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    Tutorial 10

    Electric Bass

    9:34

    Watch as Bass Amp Designer and side chain compression settings are set up, and automation is added.

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    Tutorial 11

    Electric Bass Flex Fixes

    3:46

    See how flex time is used for quantization and a few simple timing fixes in the bass part.

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    Tutorial 12

    Intro Guitars

    5:52

    Hear how the electric guitars used in the introduction and bridge are processed, and see how two hard panned electric guitars are routed through a parallel mono bus in order to process a mono image of their summed signal.

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    Tutorial 13

    Intro Guitars Sweetening

    3:04

    Gentle ?glue? style compression and some Mid/Side EQ is added to the Intro Guitars summing stack, in order to help them ?pop? better with the bass and drums.

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    Tutorial 14

    Verse Guitars

    5:01

    See how some subtle Amp Designer and Pedal Board tweaking helps differentiate the two complimentary strumming patterns. Then optical compression, mid/side EQ, and narrowing the stereo width on the summing stack is used to help glue the two together for a unified sound.

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    Tutorial 15

    Chorus Guitars

    8:20

    Discover a nice thickening technique achieved by routing audio in parallel through duplicate channel strips, each with unique stereo pan width & placements, and unique effects processing. When combined with the source audio, the result is a full rich sounding stereo spread.

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    Tutorial 16

    Guitar Fills

    7:53

    Hear how the guitar fills are processed for a wet panned stereo effect, and look at a recap of all the guitar track routing before we move on to the vocals.

Vocals

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    Tutorial 17

    Verse Lead Vocal

    8:22

    Watch as an ethereal dreamlike floating effect is created as the lead vocal is sent to a traditional reverb. A duplicated tuned version of the vocal is combined in the reverb return only for a thicker reverb sound, which is then processed with some EQ and stereo delay.

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    Tutorial 18

    Verse Harmony Vox

    5:02

    Hear how the harmony vocal part is processed and edited to fit with and compliment the lead.

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    Tutorial 19

    Chorus Vocals

    7:29

    Watch as a couple of small problems are dealt with getting the chorus vocals to blend and match the tonal qualities of the verse vocals.

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    Tutorial 20

    Bridge Vocals

    9:51

    Explore how the combination of Track Alternatives and Selection Based Processing is used to allow creative experimentation with a safety net, as the Harmony Vox bridge vocal part is processed beyond recognition!

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    Tutorial 21

    Alternate Bridge Vocal Idea

    8:22

    Selection Based Processing and Track Alternatives are used again, to experiment with an alternate version of the B-Vox vocal tracks in the bridge.

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    Tutorial 22

    Bridge Vocal Tweaks

    4:51

    Delay is now added to the dry lead vocal to compensate for what was temporarily bypassed on the reverb/delay effects return. A fade is used to clean up a bad edit, and time stretching is experimented with for an alternate timing feel at the end of the middle phrase.

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    Tutorial 23

    Second Verse & Chorus

    7:13

    Watch as the timing between the lead and B-Vox track is tightened up, and the pitch shifted duplicate lead vocal is again set up to run through the effects return only.

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    Tutorial 24

    Filter Vox FX Pt. 1

    6:50

    See how a factory channel strip setting is used in conjunction with a custom plug-in chain for a unique filtered vocal effect.

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    Tutorial 25

    Filter Vox FX Pt. 2

    7:07

    See how an alternate track is set up for a separate chorus effect, and hear how the central hook of the song is emphasized by doubling it on the filtered FX tracks.

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    Tutorial 26

    Coda Vocals

    4:44

    Follow along as some unique echo effects are set up and contrasted with a completely dry vocal phrase, and watch as cross fades are used creatively to tame some sibilants on the filtered tracks.

The Mix

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    Tutorial 27

    Vocal Tweaks

    6:27

    A couple of sibilant sounds are softened with fades, and region gain offset is used to smooth out the relative balance of doubled and tripled parts.

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    Tutorial 28

    Automation Tweaks

    6:15

    An iPad with Logic remote is now used to add some automation to the guitar and drum parts, bringing them up and down at selected places between vocal phrases.

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    Tutorial 29

    Final Tweaks & Track Export

    5:25

    A few final tweaks are reviewed, and all the individual tracks, including the multiple outputs from the Drum Kit Designed Producer Kit, are exported for archival purposes.

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    Tutorial 30

    Mix Bus Parallel Processing

    10:21

    See how a parallel mix bus is set up with linear phase EQ and multi-band compression for subtle tonal balancing. The signal is then combined with the regular mix bus, and limiting is applied to the summed signal arriving at the Stereo Output.

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    Tutorial 31

    Final Playback

    4:37

    Sit back and watch the Breathe For You video by Haylely Richman accompanied by the audio mix produced in this video series.

Learn the nuts and bolts of mixing in Logic Pro X! Eli Krantzberg takes you on a mixing journey using nothing but LPX, showing you all the features and functions, steps, techniques and theories to use to create a professional sounding product. You also get the full Logic Project and audio files so you can mix or remix along in real-time!

Eli starts with an overview of what the video series will cover, and then jumps right in with setting up your project with color markers, organizing tracks, signal flow concept, volume level mixes, using a master buss and more.

He then gets into all the individual instruments including drums, bass, and guitars, followed by extensive work on all the vocals and harmonies. Eli wraps it up with a deep focus on effects, automation, mix bus processing and other ideas.

See the individual tutorial descriptions below for more info. If you want to mix in LPX, but aren't sure where to start, or want to see how a veteran Logic user approaches mixing, look no further than "The Mechanics of Mixing in Logic Pro X".

AlexD
Submitted 1 day ago

Nice!

Very Good!

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Tony
Submitted 4 days ago

Very Helpful!

Finally get to see a song from beginning to end using the latest in Logic Pro. From beginning to completion. Loved it.

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dan19460
Submitted 5 days ago

Eli's best work yet

I've worked through many of Eli's tutorials and I'd have to say that this is his best work yet. Fantastic pace...brisk enough to keep your interest without being overwhelming. Great ideas for creative use of processing, especially on vocals. Also, a good general guide to how to organize tracks, signal flow, routing, etc. Finally, the content is very relevant. Nice dreamy indie pop tune with great textural layers. It also kind of grows on you after listening to it over and over. Not always the case on these tutorials. Great work Eli (and Haley).

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

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johnjgomez
Submitted 1 week ago

Concise and thorough.

So direct in approach the benefits stack up! My review will have an update when I have seen all. I find no reason not to.

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David70srock
Submitted 1 week ago

Nice!

Eli does great job from beginning to end of song explaining the process of mixing in Logic. The pace is quick so had to rerun certain segments but that is the beauty of Groove 3 vids. Using stock Logic plug ins is useful but it would be a appreciated addition to see Eli remix this tune with his favorite 3rd party plugs and compare result...great job Eli..and great tune!

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician

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CARLITO
Submitted 1 week ago

Impressive.

Even a novice like me can follow and understand the process of mixing after watching these short videos.

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

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Trogon
Submitted 2 weeks ago

Eli is the best!

I always look forward to Eli's Logic Pro tutorials. He presents concepts in clear, logical ways. I inevitably come away with some new knowledge of the program and a better way to organize the workflow. Bravo!

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Logic Pro

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Spirit
Submitted 2 weeks ago

Insightful

Given me a new perspective on workflow

I am a: Semi-Pro, Producer, Audio Engineer, Logic Pro, Studio One

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Simon G
Submitted 2 weeks ago

Really Helpful Practical Insight

I find Eli's tutorials always informative and easy to digest. He has a clear manner of presenting information and there's always something to learn I didn't know. Also good to have download source tracks to work with.

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David D!
Submitted 2 weeks ago

Very, very, very help full

This site is much needed. I am not yet there, but now I can see where I am going throughout this site. Thx guys. You're doing a great job. The Mechanics of Mixing in Logic Pro X is a gold dust.

I am a: Beginner, Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Studio One

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing drums in high school at age fourteen. Like most kids my age around then, I was into progressive rock. Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Yes. They rocked my world. A few short years later though, my musical life changed. While studying music in college I discovered Charlie Parker, Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, and John Coltrane. Milt Jackson spoke to me in such a profound way that it left me no choice but to take up vibraphone.

These great players, along with  drummers like Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Elvin Jones changed not only the way I thought about drumming, but also music - and by extension, life - as a whole. I realized life was meant to be a creative endeavor. The idea of improvising based on a loose set of guidelines and rules permeated into my psyche even when I wasn't holding a pair of drumsticks or mallets. But if I am going to be perfectly truthful, I have to hold Henry Miller and Woody Allen equally responsible for shaping the way I view and experience the world around me. 

2. What training have you had?

I am currently an Apple certified Logic Pro. Young and cocky, and armed with only a partial University degree, I dropped out of school and  began playing steady commercial hotel engagements and jazz gigs when I could. This went on for many years until I decided it was time to complete my degree - which I ultimately did with a major in Political Science and a minor in music. 

It was at this point that I formed my current band Nightshift. We are going in to our twenty third year now - playing commercial one nighters like weddings, corporate events, etc. Don't turn your nose up at it though - it has allowed me a wonderful quality of life. It gave me the freedom to go back to school and complete a post graduate degree in Communications Studies - all the while supporting myself by playing weddings.

3. When did you get into recording?

It was in this graduate program - in the early nineties - that I found myself drawn to the fledgling emerging universe of hard disc recording and midi sequencing. Based on nothing more than the recommendation of one of my band mates who had an old Atari, I jumped in head first and bought a Mac LC ll, along with a version 1.1 of what was then Notator Logic. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But, in hindsight, it was a decision of epic importance in my life - shaping my future as much as the music of Milt Jackson and Charlie Parker did fifteen years prior. 

I opened up my own commercial home studio in 1998 and began doing a variety of projects, working on radio jingles, artist CD projects, and whatever came my way. A couple of years later a colleague called me up - desperate. He was working at a post production house and one of the editors had just quit. They were doing audio post for a weekly TV series and needed a Pro Tools editor - and fast! And so, once again, I jumped in head first into what would ultimately open up my world even more - the world of Pro Tools. 

4. People you have worked with/for?

Focusing on Logic, I built up a small but loyal client base and my phone kept ringing for Logic tech support and instruction. Film composers and studio owners all over the city were calling me. Even the music stores were giving out my phone number at this point! This kind of stuff becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. The more of it you do, the more calls you get to keep doing it. At least that's the way it should be!

As my Logic chops kept growing, I was hired by an old buddy of mine, Len Sasso, who was then an associate editor at Electronic Musician magazine, and began writing some columns for them. I had a blast doing them - and really learned to focus and express my thoughts in a concise and clear manner. This lead to a collaboration with LA based composer Terry Michael Huud on the 2006 film called Civic Duty - which was certainly one of the highlights of my professional life as a composer. 

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I wake up every day excited to boot up, and create. Whether it's instructional videos, creating music, working with a studio client, performing with my band, or teaching at the schools - my days are filled with what I love doing. Enriched by the stimulation and creative freedom this modern music making software brings to my life. I bring that excitement and passion to each and every training product I create. My years of experience both using and teaching these programs has taught me the best way to make the user comfortable with these complex programs.

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The Mechanics of Mixing in Logic Pro X is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 16.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Nice! Very Good!
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful! Finally get to see a song from beginning to end using the latest in Logic Pro. From beginning to completion. Loved it.
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Eli's best work yet I've worked through many of Eli's tutorials and I'd have to say that this is his best work yet. Fantastic pace...brisk enough to keep your interest without being overwhelming. Great ideas for creative use of processing, especially on vocals. Also, a good general guide to how to organize tracks, signal flow, routing, etc. Finally, the content is very relevant. Nice dreamy indie pop tune with great textural layers. It also kind of grows on you after listening to it over and over. Not always the case on these tutorials. Great work Eli (and Haley).
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Concise and thorough. So direct in approach the benefits stack up! My review will have an update when I have seen all. I find no reason not to.
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Nice! Eli does great job from beginning to end of song explaining the process of mixing in Logic. The pace is quick so had to rerun certain segments but that is the beauty of Groove 3 vids. Using stock Logic plug ins is useful but it would be a appreciated addition to see Eli remix this tune with his favorite 3rd party plugs and compare result...great job Eli..and great tune!
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Impressive. Even a novice like me can follow and understand the process of mixing after watching these short videos.
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Eli is the best! I always look forward to Eli's Logic Pro tutorials. He presents concepts in clear, logical ways. I inevitably come away with some new knowledge of the program and a better way to organize the workflow. Bravo!
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Insightful Given me a new perspective on workflow
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Really Helpful Practical Insight I find Eli's tutorials always informative and easy to digest. He has a clear manner of presenting information and there's always something to learn I didn't know. Also good to have download source tracks to work with.
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very, very, very help full This site is much needed. I am not yet there, but now I can see where I am going throughout this site. Thx guys. You're doing a great job. The Mechanics of Mixing in Logic Pro X is a gold dust.
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Another superb tutorial from Eli! I always pick up very useful technical and creative tips from Eli. Wonderfully articulated and insightful tutorial. Observing your work flow and organizational skills is super instructive. Learned cool touches with flex time, flex pitch, fades for troublesome consonants, and a world of summing stacks and folders. Thanks again Eli! Out the park as usual...
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by from Very comprehensive I think this will increase my skill set.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Good overview of mixing in Logic Pro X I've been mixing in DAWS for the past 25 years (DP, then Logic), and this series by EK is excellent, especially for how it's laid out (learning how to use track stacks, etc.), creative approaches to mixing vocals, and multiple approaches to dynamics, etc. I might have made some different mic choices during the actual recording process, but EK does a good job of brightening up an otherwise somber basic recording. I learned a lot. And other reviewers are right: EK doesn't tarry, and you sometimes have to go back and take another look at which he actually did.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by from Very helpful for a beginner! I am very interested to learn mixing ...
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from View it several times. Eli is my favorite Groove 3 teacher. His stuff is so jam-packed you must not just view it, but study it. He has great ideas, very advanced use of Logic, and yet, simplicity of presentation that make his videos, my favorites among a group of other really fine teachers. You can't help but learn no matter your level.
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very good video. Really insightful as usual. Eli Krantzberg's videos are always very detailed and helpful. Sometimes he moves too fast which requires rewinding several times to catch what he really did. But I think that is because there is so much info being presented and demonstrated.
Date published: 2017-03-11