MixControl Tutorial

Focusrite MixControl Explained®

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    Introduction (4:06)


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    Installation (5:28)


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    Software Orientation (2:44)


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    The Device Status Section (4:31)


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    The Mixer Pt 1 (7:16)


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    The Mixer Pt 2 (3:41)


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    The Mixer Pt 3 (4:10)


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    The Routing Section (8:45)


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    The Monitor Section (8:22)


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    Working with Recording Software (11:50)


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    Saving & Loading Settings (5:10)


The heart of Focurite's line of audio interfaces is the MixControl software, and studio guru Todd Tatnall hits the bullseye with an in-depth 11 tutorial series that teaches you everything you need to know to get up and running and recording like a pro!

Beginning with an Introduction and Installation instructions, Todd gets you oriented to the MixControl Sections in general, and then gets specific. Todd starts with the Device Status Section, and then spends the next 3 videos discussing the Mixer Section, its Input and Output channels, and How to Set Up Multiple Mixes.

Next, Todd explores the Routing Section, and How it Interacts with the Mixer. From there, you'll learn how to use the Monitor Section to control Monitoring Levels and Monitor Mixes. Todd now shows you How to Set Up MixControl with various DAWs and Recording Applications, and finally, explains How to Save and Load Settings.

If you just bought a Focusrite interface, or have had one for a while and want to squeeze all that you can from it, watch "Focusrite MixControl Explained" today!


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GEL
Submitted 8 months ago

Great guide

Just great. Extremely useful info, well organized and delivered in perfect pacing and clarity. A precious guide. Thank you

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound for Film/TV, Cubase

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koziolmatol
Submitted 1 year ago

Great! (but...)

Great tutorial, everything explained in a good way, not so fast. But I'd like to see more real examples for setting different mixes for example to different headphones. This was like overall series, but would be nice to have even one video with everything shown in a real life situation, for example if he'd have a 5 people band, and how to make for example separate mix for vocalist, and separate mix for engineer. But still very nice course!

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Studio One

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Maybrick
Submitted 1 year ago

Incredibly helpful!

Really easy to understand, helpful guide. Loved it

I am a: Hobbyist

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smpmusic
Submitted 1 year ago

mix control software

I've been using mix control since 2012. I'm always learning how to use it in different ways . Groove has been a conduit to that information.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Producer, Audio Engineer, Musician, Sound Designer, Sound for Film/TV

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Artur
Submitted 2 years ago

Very good

ich kann nur sagen super super Danke schööööööööön thanks alot GROOVE3

I am a: Student

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Louis38
Submitted 2 years ago

Great Explanations of the Software

Having had problems with the Focusrite software, read the unhelpful manual a number of times and also contacted Tech Support it was great to fund something that explained how to use it to its full capabilities

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Audio Engineer

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Namnibor
Submitted 2 years ago

Thank you for a much needed tutorial on MixControl

I own a Scarlett 18i20 and use Reaper as DAW and all hardware synth set-up, so the provided instructions for a bewildering user-interface by Focusrite were in dire need of this great tutorial unlocking the vast versatility of MixControl, setting-up for standalone use, and various headphone/mix routings, made me VERY happy synth nerd to find this and bought it early this a.m. before sufficient coffee even. Thanks so much.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Sound Designer, Hobbyist

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Shindago
Submitted 2 years ago

Perfect Intro to MixControl

I just rented a Scarlett 18i20 to extend the ins on my RME Babyface for a live show. The set is a bit complex as I'm using Maschine as my main DAW, Babyface as my main usb sound card, but will be recording the musicians and myself live into Ableton Live and using the Scarlett 18i20 connected via ADAT lightpipe/toslink. RME's TotalMix is already not very intuitive, so having two software mixers seemed a bit intimidating at first, especially one I'm not familiar with at all, with a show coming up this weekend. But the presenter's style was crystal clear and highly organized. I'm confident that I can now send out separate mixes to my musicians and at the very least get my mix out to the monitors and Front of House speakers. I could still record in the box to Ableton, but feel it might help me to focus (and make life easier on my computer's CPU) if I send it to another computer or just a recorder like a zoom handy. Perfect timing; this tutorial saved the day for me.

I am a: Semi-Pro

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

When I was really young, maybe 3 or 4 years old. That's when I got my first (toy) drum set and played it all the time. I was studying viola at 7, piano at 8, and drums at 10.

2. What training have you had?

In college, I received a Bachelor of Music in theory/composition from SIUE, and a Bachelor of Science in recording production and technology from MTSU. Working in big studios in Chicago after college, I learned as much if not more working as an assistant/2nd engineer, often repairing/troubleshooting problems on the fly. It better equipped me to work independently AND with others.

3. When did you get into recording?

In high school. My punk band saved all our pennies to record at an 8-track studio for $10 per hour. I was fascinated by the power of multitracking, overdubbing, mixing, etc.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I've worked with commercial music producers and talent for TV and radio commercials, many of which were national/international brands. I also worked with bands and artists in the studio, including the Frogs, Kelley Deal, James Iha, Sebastian Bach, any many others. As a tech support engineer, I've helped thousands of customers. I worked directly with several high profile customers, including John Fogerty, Bruce Swedien, Oscar Petersen, John Tesh, Andy Sturmer (Jellyfish), Greg Lisher (Camper Van Beethoven), Chris Vrenna, and engineers for Paul Simon, Wilco, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, and ICP to name a few.

Why are you so good at training people?

When I was providing technical support, my approach was not only to solve the problem, but to also listen carefully to the end-user's needs AND explain what the cause and solution of any problem was. Putting technical jargon into more relate-able terms helps. I'm also an adjunct professor at a local university, and apply the same ideology when teaching. Whether you're working with a customer or student, you have to put yourself in their shoes.

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    Focusrite MixControl Explained

    The heart of Focurite’s line of audio interfaces is the MixControl software, and studio guru Todd Tatnall hits the bullseye with an in-depth 11 tutorial series that teaches you everything you need to know to get up and running and recording like a pro!

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Focusrite MixControl Explained® is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great guide Just great. Extremely useful info, well organized and delivered in perfect pacing and clarity. A precious guide. Thank you
Date published: 2017-11-03
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Great! (but...) Great tutorial, everything explained in a good way, not so fast. But I'd like to see more real examples for setting different mixes for example to different headphones. This was like overall series, but would be nice to have even one video with everything shown in a real life situation, for example if he'd have a 5 people band, and how to make for example separate mix for vocalist, and separate mix for engineer. But still very nice course!
Date published: 2017-07-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Incredibly helpful! Really easy to understand, helpful guide. Loved it
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from mix control software I've been using mix control since 2012. I'm always learning how to use it in different ways . Groove has been a conduit to that information.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very good ich kann nur sagen super super Danke schööööööööön thanks alot GROOVE3
Date published: 2016-09-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Explanations of the Software Having had problems with the Focusrite software, read the unhelpful manual a number of times and also contacted Tech Support it was great to fund something that explained how to use it to its full capabilities
Date published: 2016-06-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Thank you for a much needed tutorial on MixControl I own a Scarlett 18i20 and use Reaper as DAW and all hardware synth set-up, so the provided instructions for a bewildering user-interface by Focusrite were in dire need of this great tutorial unlocking the vast versatility of MixControl, setting-up for standalone use, and various headphone/mix routings, made me VERY happy synth nerd to find this and bought it early this a.m. before sufficient coffee even. Thanks so much.
Date published: 2016-06-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Perfect Intro to MixControl I just rented a Scarlett 18i20 to extend the ins on my RME Babyface for a live show. The set is a bit complex as I'm using Maschine as my main DAW, Babyface as my main usb sound card, but will be recording the musicians and myself live into Ableton Live and using the Scarlett 18i20 connected via ADAT lightpipe/toslink. RME's TotalMix is already not very intuitive, so having two software mixers seemed a bit intimidating at first, especially one I'm not familiar with at all, with a show coming up this weekend. But the presenter's style was crystal clear and highly organized. I'm confident that I can now send out separate mixes to my musicians and at the very least get my mix out to the monitors and Front of House speakers. I could still record in the box to Ableton, but feel it might help me to focus (and make life easier on my computer's CPU) if I send it to another computer or just a recorder like a zoom handy. Perfect timing; this tutorial saved the day for me.
Date published: 2016-04-05
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