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Building a DAW Mix Template

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Chapter 1: Setup

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    Introduction (2:56)


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    The Initial Setup (3:07)


Chapter 2: Reverbs

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    Room (9:12)


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    Plate (3:27)


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    Spring (3:47)


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    VVV (2:23)


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    H-Verb (1:41)


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    Blackhole (3:07)


Chapter 3: Delays

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    1/16 & 1/8 (9:59)


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    Tape Slap (5:05)


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    Short Taps (4:00)


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    EchoBoy (4:09)


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    H-Delay (3:41)


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    Primal (3:16)


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    Echoes (4:57)


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    Replika XT (4:13)


Chapter 4: Modulation

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    Excalibur (or variant) (7:42)


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    H3000 (or variant) (10:57)


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    Mutron (or variant) (3:44)


Chapter 5: Routing

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    Sending Some FX to Other FX (7:36)


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    The "Drum Squish" Parallel Path (8:06)


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    The "Vox Squish" Parallel Path (6:12)


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    The "ALL" Subgroups (2:26)


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    Mix Bus FX & Metering (12:16)


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    Master Faders (9:08)


Chapter 6: Using the Template

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    Importing the Template into your Song (6:21)


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    Routing Groups & Organizing Tracks (8:54)


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    Getting FX Going in the Track (11:31)


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    More FX on Drums, Guitars, & Keys Pt. 1 (12:01)


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    More FX on Drums, Guitars, & Keys Pt. 2 (13:47)


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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Mac Dre
Submitted 1 week ago

VERY HELPFUL

made a new template in less than and hour!

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Strong2Pro
Submitted 1 month ago

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.

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GGGrax
Submitted 2 months ago

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.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, FL Studio, Pro Tools

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JBSharpe
Submitted 7 months ago

Fantastic material

Great material for the intermediate or experienced technicians. This is going to make my work flow much easier and quicker.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Cubase, Reaper

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Bri
Submitted 7 months ago

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

I am a: Logic Pro

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walterw
Submitted 11 months ago

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

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

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nsblues
Submitted 1 year ago

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.

I am a: Semi-Pro

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BBOBBYB
Submitted 1 year ago

AAA

AAA

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Ableton Live, Cakewalk Sonar, Reason

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Ace1
Submitted 1 year ago

Happy purchase!

Really liked this tutorial! Straight to the point with very insightful information. Kept me interested through out.

I am a: Professional, Producer, Audio Engineer, Cakewalk Sonar

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D M
Submitted 1 year ago

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.

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I was classically trained in piano from the age of 7 and had a strong obsession with popular music right throughout my youth. I played keyboards in various rock bands in the mid 80's but found a pronounced leaning towards the technology and computer side of music as samplers and computers became more attainable in the late 80's.

2. What training have you had?

In 1989 I completed my Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Music Technology from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. Much of my tech knowledge in those pre-internet days came from devouring issues of Keyboard, Mix and EM - monthly, without fail.

3. When did you get into recording?

I started getting into recording in 1984 with a Tascam 244 4-track cassette system. In 1989 I moved to a Digidesign Sound Tools II system - a true random access 2 track editor - and that was the beginning of a long association with Digidesign products. I married this hardware up to Opcode's Studio Vision for many years as well as getting in at the ground floor with Pro Tools v1 in 1991. I've been a Pro Tools user since then right up to the current day.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I've been lucky enough to work with a huge cross section of talent within the Australian music scene. Names like: INXS, Little River Band, John Farnham, Kasey Chambers and Richard Clapton. Plus music editing on breakout movies like Shine and Strictly Ballroom with Oscar nominated composer, David Hirschfelder.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I think I'm good at training because I really love this stuff - I genuinely want to show people how cool these tools are. Even as a fully grown adult, I still find myself getting excited like a little kid about the magic we can do with our systems these days and wondering how far it can go in the years to come. I hope that enthusiasm is contagious!

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Building a DAW Mix Template is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 18 .
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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