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Building a DAW Mix Template

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Chapter 1 : Setup

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    Michael gives an overview of the philosophy behind this tutorial.

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    The Initial Setup

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

Chapter 2 : Reverbs

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chapter 3 : Delays

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    1/16 & 1/8

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

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    Tape Slap

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

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    Short Taps

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

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

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

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

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    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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    Replika XT

    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.

Chapter 4 : Modulation

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    Excalibur (or variant)

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

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    H3000 (or variant)

    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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    Mutron (or variant)

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

Chapter 5 : Routing

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    Sending Some FX to Other FX

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

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    The "Drum Squish" Parallel Path

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

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    The "Vox Squish" Parallel Path

    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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    The "ALL" Subgroups

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

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    Mix Bus FX & Metering

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

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    Master Faders

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

Chapter 6 : Using the Template

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    Importing the Template into your Song

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

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    Routing Groups & Organizing Tracks

    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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    Getting FX Going in the Track

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

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

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

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

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

Product Overview

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!

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Building a DAW Mix Template is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 27 .
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from This is probably the most helpful course on mixing I've ever watched. As someone who is learning about mixing, this course is a game changer.
Date published: 2021-06-20
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Solid Tutorial... Good overal demonstration and articulation. The only fuzzy part for me was the use of VCAs— and how they differed from the main busses in the mix.
Date published: 2020-06-29
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! I've been searching for a really good template for quite some time now. This tutorial was very good! I created my new template as I watched. I will definitely be using it!
Date published: 2020-04-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very good I’m very satisfied with this
Date published: 2020-01-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Outstanding Video Tuition Series on Mix Templates I'm reasonably new to the professional digital recording world; although I have been a professional musician for about 15 years. This series of videos has helped me improve my workflow massively and really cleaned up my mixing process. My work quality has improved substantially and I am now able to produce much better results in less time for my clients. Happy Days!
Date published: 2019-10-13
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Easy to use! I love how it lets me know where I am in viewing, so I don't have to guess what I watched last.
Date published: 2019-05-19
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Exellent! For "everyone" Novis or Expert Explain even a lot of plugins and how to use them
Date published: 2019-02-27
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Very Useful Very useful and interesting tutorial.
Date published: 2019-01-17
Rated 2.5 out of 5 by from Too much marketing of Waves and SoundToys products. Title pretty much says it.
Date published: 2018-12-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from VERY HELPFUL made a new template in less than and hour!
Date published: 2018-10-09
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great title which tells the subject in a nutshell This broke down the various ways for setting up during the mixing stages. Explaining while creating the fx buss, mix buss, master buss, group buss, & vca's has been very informational for me to create my own template.
Date published: 2018-09-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from An excellent, encompassing course This video takes you through a full set of modern recording tracks and plug-in use with clever ways to make these tools ready for use in each new situation. It was a joy to see all the different plugins being used, and to see what they sounded like, and how best to employ them. I'm sure I will refer back to this excellent course many times as I try the techniques and learn from this fine teacher.
Date published: 2018-08-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Fantastic material Great material for the intermediate or experienced technicians. This is going to make my work flow much easier and quicker.
Date published: 2018-03-25
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Great Tutorial This is a fantastic way to set up for mixing. This has made mixing my projects a joy. Another great tutorial from Groove3
Date published: 2018-03-18
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from very well done and detailed really professional made and very helpful also for giving me ew ideas and ways for doing daily things when mixing., thanks to the producer
Date published: 2017-12-01
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Discovered Some New Ideas I watched this tutorial out of curiosity. I'm developing my mixing workflow and wanted to see a more template-based approach. I like the idea of building out fx buses in advance, though I'd probably only bring them in when I need them. Also, because I need to work across DAWs, I see how I can use the Mix Template approach utilizing an intermediate plugin like BlueCat Patchworks to build my fx chains. Informative, though sometimes, I do wish more time was spent on the chain-building and less on demo'ing the effects plugins.
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from AAA AAA
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Happy purchase! Really liked this tutorial! Straight to the point with very insightful information. Kept me interested through out.
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from This video makes wrapping my head around mixing less laborious. Learned a lot. Thank you. Last chapter at the end where he showed why he chooses certain verbs, delays and modulation for particular elements of a track. How much is too much etc. insightful.
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Very Helpful A lot of valuable and meaningful information in regard to room reverb...
Date published: 2017-05-14
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
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