Bob and Erik introduce the song "Indiana" and review the original mix by Brandon Guyton. They discuss some of the challenges faced with the tracked material and their strategies and direction of where they took the mix.
Get a quick overview of the "Indiana" vocal track.
Bob and Erik give a brief explanation of the Pro Tools layout, followed by the breakdown of the vocal FX chain Brandon used.
Bob now takes the lead and discusses the Echo Bar mixed vocal and shares some of his insight into treating airy vocals.
The issues regarding the guitars performance and panning scheme are now outlined and alternative fixes are shown.
Erik explains the electric guitar FX Chain and reveals the problematic resonance inherent to the recording.
Now you?ll learn how to target resonant frequencies with a notch filter and discover some panning options for guitar.
The guys talk about mic'ing techniques and narrowing the acoustic guitar image to open up space in the mix.
Brandon's acoustic guitar treatment is deconstructed and compared in his mix.
Bob shows us how to keep the acoustic guitar percussive and create a lush reverb treatment.
Watch and see how the accordion is approached by treating it as a synth pad.
The mix is starting to come together and Brandon's FX chain on his Accordion is reviewed.
Bob demonstrates how to treat the reeds of the accordion and create a space for the long sustain in the mix.
Bob and Erik now focus on the bass part, revealing the part played, and what approach to take.
Brandon's bass is separated and evaluated, and we see how he created a amp simulation.
Bob shows how he warms up the bass guitar sound, improving it and better fitting in the mix.
Bob and Erik now explain the unique mixing challenges of the rivet / swish cymbal.
Erik showcases some interesting mic choices that Brandon used for his cymbals.
Erik shows us how to get a large sounding cymbal and tame the brash frequencies.
The guys now talk about the violins and the importance of their dynamics in this song.
Take a look at what was given in Brandon's session and examine at his panning choices.
The violins get eq'd and placed in the mix while Erik explains those strategic choices.
The importance of gain staging is discussed and what Brandon achieved with his master bus FX Chain.
Watch and see how Brandon got such a good level in his mix.
Bob & Erik go over their master groups and the "Mastering" mind set that they apply to their mix.
Wrapping it all up, Bob and Erik do a final play through of the song.
Industry pro engineers, mixers and producers Bob Horn and Erik Reichers return with their second episode of Mix Review! Watch as they take a recordist’s non-pro mix and import it side by side into their DAW, and show you in-detail, how they would approach the mix in real-time, from start to finish. Get priceless tips and see where the improvements can be made and how to make them, creating a true professional, radio ready mix.
Shot in Pro Tools, but applicable to any DAW, Bob and Erik start by playing you the mix of the song “Indiana” by Brandon Guyton, then discuss some of the challenges faced with the tracked material, and their strategies for improving it, as well as the direction of where they took the mix.
Bob and Erik start with the vocals, explaining what needed help and ways to go about fixing the issues. Then it’s off to the electric and acoustic guitars, and accordion, which proved to be challenging to make work in the mix.
Next, the duo tackles the bass guitar, cymbals, and violins, showing ways to improve them greatly from the original mix, giving them their own space, and that polished sound and feel.
Wrapping it up, Bob and Erik focus on master bus settings and techniques to give the mix a radio ready sound, followed by one last play through of the track “Indiana”.
See the individual tutorial descriptions for more info. If you want to sit in on a professional mix session and see how to take a non-pro mix and turn it into something modern and polished, checkout “Mix Review with Bob Horn & Erik Reichers - Episode 2” today!
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