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Into The Lair - Dave On General Mixing

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18 Videos | Length: 2hr 44min 46sec
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    Dissecting a Mix Pt. 1

    Mixing engineer Dave Pensado goes over key points in dissecting a mix in part 1 of his two part series in the 64th episode of Into The Lair from Pensado’s Place.

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    Dissecting a Mix Pt. 2

    Dave goes over key points in dissecting a mix in part 2 of his two part series in the 65th episode of Into The Lair from Pensado’s Place.

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    How to Use Reference Mixes

    In this video, Dave goes over some reference mixes he uses and why he uses them in the 71st episode of Into The Lair from Pensado’s Place

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    Top 10 Mix Mistakes Pt. 1

    Dave goes over 5 of the 10 top mixing mistakes he sees when judging mix competitions in the 54th episode of Into The Lair from Pensado’s Place.

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    Top 10 Mix Mistakes Pt. 2

    In this video, Mixing engineer Dave Pensado goes over 5 of the 10 top mixing mistakes he sees when judging mix competitions in part 2 of the 54th episode of Into The Lair from Pensado’s Place.

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    Keyboard Shortcuts You Need to Know

    Simple yet effective keyboard shortcuts are the secret time saver for all great engineers! Learn how to add these shortcuts to your repertoire and save time while working in the 78th episode of Into The Lair from Pensado’s Place.

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    All About Audio Compression Ratios

    Dave goes over everything you ever wanted to know about compression ratios (3:1, 4:1, 20:1, etc.) and when and why to use specific ones in your mixes in the 81st episode of Into The Lair.

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    Working with Low Frequencies

    In this video, Dave discusses dealing with Low-End in a mix, and provides some detailed examples of his mixing process in the 59th episode of Into The Lair from Pensado’s Place.

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    Mastering Techniques for Better Dynamics

    Dave shows you some simple tricks to use while mastering your music to preserve dynamics and give your tracks a better feel in the 105th episode of Into The Lair from Pensado's Place.

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    How to Mix a Song Based on Its Style

    In this video, Dave shows how to get the best mix possible based on the style of the track you are mixing in the 68th episode of Into The Lair from Pensado’s Place.

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    Ear Training Part 1

    Dave walks you through part 1/2 of some exercises that can help you better identify certain frequencies in the spectrum in the 57th episode of Into The Lair from Pensado’s Place.

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    Ear Training Part 2

    Dave walks you through part 2/2 of some exercises that can help you better identify certain frequencies in the spectrum in the 58th episode of Into The Lair from Pensado’s Place.

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    The Top 5 Things To Do Every Mix

    In this video, Dave goes over the top 5 things he does before and during every mix that he does in the 69th episode of Into The Lair from Pensado’s Place.

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    A New Way to Use Reference Mixes

    Dave shows you a new way of using reference mixes inside of your DAW session in the 93rd episode of Into The Lair from Pensado’s Place.

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    How to Get WIDE Stereo Tracks

    In this video, Dave shows you some simple techniques to achieve WIDE stereo tracks in the 117th episode of Into The Lair from Pensado’s Place.

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    Enhancing Elements of a Mix

    Dave walks you through how he enhanced various elements of the mix for a Mahogany Raye song in the 48th episode of Into The Lair.

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    Mix Tips from a Mastering Engineer, Part 1

    Mixing engineer Dave Pensado and Gene Grimaldi, chief engineer at Oasis Mastering, offer tips on how to make your mix as ready as possible for mastering in the first part of the 108th episode of Into The Lair from Pensado’s Place.

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    Mix Tips from a Mastering Engineer, Part 2

    Mixing engineer Dave Pensado and Gene Grimaldi, chief engineer at Oasis Mastering, offer tips on how to make your mix as ready as possible for mastering in the second part of the 108th episode of Into The Lair from Pensado's Place.

Product Overview


Curated from the free Into The Lair (ITL) video tutorial series, Grammy Award–winning mix engineer Dave Pensado shows you awesome tips and tricks on the art of mixing. With so many specifics to mixing, it’s sometimes better to take a broad-stroke approach to mixing as a whole. In these general-mixing-focused ITL episodes, Dave goes through the essentials to get your mixes starting on the right foot.

Dave starts with the top ten mistakes someone makes on a mix and how to avoid making them, training your ear to hear certain frequencies, mixing a song based on its style, how to properly use reference mixes and dissecting a mix and learning from the original sonic choices.

Dave then covers compression ratios and characteristics, taming low frequencies and getting them sounding balanced in your mix, and applying master techniques for better dynamics. Mixing is truly an art form and Dave is a master.

Moving on, Dave covers mixing a song based on style and sonic decisions, training your ears to identify frequencies for EQing, and identifying the top five things to do for every mix. Wrapping it up, Dave reveals how to get your stereo tracks sounding wide, enhancing elements of a mix, and adjusting you mixes to be better suited for the mastering process.

These Into The Lair episodes will make sure you know where you’re going as you start to pull up the faders on your mix!


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Into The Lair - Dave On General Mixing is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 8 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from You can't get enough of Dave. I love Dave's laid back style of presenting, he suits my laid back style of listening :) So much here of interest. Fabulous stuff. Demystifying the arts of recording/mixing and mastering, thanks to Groove 3 and such quality training as this.
Date published: 2020-10-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great tips from a legend Dave Pensado is a rare beast - he's got form as long as your arm, but in addition, he's great at conveying what he does, likeable, and not an ego about it. His videos are engaging and informative, and I've learned more in watching 5 of his videos than I have in weeks of courses by others. They fly by, rather than dragging on, and I have ideas I can take away to use on my music - even though it may not be a genre covered here - straight away.
Date published: 2020-07-23
Rated 2.0 out of 5 by from Sleepy, unclear. TERRIBLE choice of music to demonstrate the mixes. That more than anything needs improving since we have to listen to so many repeats of it. Could really benefit from zoomed screen shots, more variety in camera angles. Just dull, overly conversational. Not for me.
Date published: 2019-08-12
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from very helpful but... I like a lot this videos, but I was trying to see if you had an app where I could watch this videos while I´m going on the subway and I did not find any, or maybe I just couldn´t find it. So it will be nice to have an app where I could do that . Thank you
Date published: 2018-10-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Thank you so much for your gift to us of limited talent. Just starting these, but grateful for the info that you impart.
Date published: 2018-08-31
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Tips From A Legend Enhancing the emotion and energy of the project as well as staying focused on the "theme" of the project is what i took away from Dave's legendary wisdom.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Dave provides a different perspective to mixing Most of the tutorials I've seen about mixing have been 'how-to's, but few have provided a philosophy. This series does provide a different way to look at mixing. I think it's great. And Dave's easy going style makes it a pleasure to watch and learn.
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Charming and informative I like the Into The Lair series. It feels different to most other courses on Goorve3. Dave's teaching manner is both relaxing and enjoyable.
Date published: 2016-02-20
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