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Mix Review with Bob Horn & Erik Reichers - Episode 2

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    Introduction

    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.

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    Vocal Intro

    Get a quick overview of the "Indiana" vocal track.

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    Vocal Pt. 1

    Bob and Erik give a brief explanation of the Pro Tools layout, followed by the breakdown of the vocal FX chain Brandon used.

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    Vocal Pt. 2

    Bob now takes the lead and discusses the Echo Bar mixed vocal and shares some of his insight into treating airy vocals.

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    Electric Guitar Intro

    The issues regarding the guitars performance and panning scheme are now outlined and alternative fixes are shown.

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    Electric Guitar Pt. 1

    Erik explains the electric guitar FX Chain and reveals the problematic resonance inherent to the recording.

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    Electric Guitar Pt. 2

    Now you?ll learn how to target resonant frequencies with a notch filter and discover some panning options for guitar.

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    Acoustic Guitar Intro

    The guys talk about mic'ing techniques and narrowing the acoustic guitar image to open up space in the mix.

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    Acoustic Guitar Pt. 1

    Brandon's acoustic guitar treatment is deconstructed and compared in his mix.

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    Acoustic Guitar Pt. 2

    Bob shows us how to keep the acoustic guitar percussive and create a lush reverb treatment.

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    Accordion Intro

    Watch and see how the accordion is approached by treating it as a synth pad.

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    Accordion Pt. 1

    The mix is starting to come together and Brandon's FX chain on his Accordion is reviewed.

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    Accordion Pt. 2

    Bob demonstrates how to treat the reeds of the accordion and create a space for the long sustain in the mix.

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    Bass Guitar Intro

    Bob and Erik now focus on the bass part, revealing the part played, and what approach to take.

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    Bass Guitar Pt. 1

    Brandon's bass is separated and evaluated, and we see how he created a amp simulation.

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    Bass Guitar Pt. 2

    Bob shows how he warms up the bass guitar sound, improving it and better fitting in the mix.

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    Cymbals Intro

    Bob and Erik now explain the unique mixing challenges of the rivet / swish cymbal.

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    Cymbals Pt. 1

    Erik showcases some interesting mic choices that Brandon used for his cymbals.

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    Cymbals Pt. 2

    Erik shows us how to get a large sounding cymbal and tame the brash frequencies.

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    Violins Intro

    The guys now talk about the violins and the importance of their dynamics in this song.

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    Violins Pt. 1

    Take a look at what was given in Brandon's session and examine at his panning choices.

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    Violins Pt. 2

    The violins get eq'd and placed in the mix while Erik explains those strategic choices.

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    Master Bus Intro

    The importance of gain staging is discussed and what Brandon achieved with his master bus FX Chain.

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    Master Bus Pt. 1

    Watch and see how Brandon got such a good level in his mix.

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    Master Bust Pt. 2

    Bob & Erik go over their master groups and the "Mastering" mind set that they apply to their mix.

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    Outro

    Wrapping it all up, Bob and Erik do a final play through of the song.

Product Overview


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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pan2c
Submitted 7 months ago

Once again you can not get better than this here at groove3

Bob and Eric are great at their in-depth analysis of mixing from scratch. Each step of the way is carefully explain for every turn on the various plugins.

I am a: Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Musician, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Cubase, Reason, Reaper


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Jeroen Simons
Submitted 1 year ago

The magic duo

Bob and Erik are such pros, with knowledge and providing us in depth value information we all can benefit from!!!! Thanks a lot!!!!!

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Mastering Facility, Cubase, Reaper


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Jay38
Submitted 1 year ago

Fun to learn other ideas

Every good mix engineer will mix a given song to sound different by making different choices, but the most important thing you can learn from this is to never get in the way of the music. Bob and Erik do a lot of tweaking, but always with the song and the performance in mind. A wonderful skill and a lesson every engineer could reinforce always. Because without the performance there is little to mix.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Audio Engineer, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Studio One


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JTP
Submitted 1 year ago

Another fabulous episode

I'm really loving this series so far and can't wait for the next one. Bob and Erik do a great job of deconstructing these mixes and explaining what they're doing. The difference between the initial submitted mix and their finished mix is really astounding. Admittedly they had some very well recorded tracks to work with, but still, it really goes to show what kind of difference world class engineers can make. The final product in this episode is a really nice sounding song that is absolutely of commercial quality. Truly magic! I can imagine Brandon, the mix submitter, has picked up some priceless tips from this. Can't wait for the next episode and I hope they work with some more genres - I'd love to see them work their magic on some electronica/synth based music.


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Nicolas Gabsi
Submitted 1 year ago

good stuff in here!

like the first episode, i like the way Bob and Erik are exploring the sessions, I've learnt a lot. Many thanks, keep going!


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pan2c
Submitted 7 months ago

Once again you can not get better than this here at groove3

Bob and Eric are great at their in-depth analysis of mixing from scratch. Each step of the way is carefully explain for every turn on the various plugins.

I am a: Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Musician, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Cubase, Reason, Reaper

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Jeroen Simons
Submitted 1 year ago

The magic duo

Bob and Erik are such pros, with knowledge and providing us in depth value information we all can benefit from!!!! Thanks a lot!!!!!

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Mastering Facility, Cubase, Reaper

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Jay38
Submitted 1 year ago

Fun to learn other ideas

Every good mix engineer will mix a given song to sound different by making different choices, but the most important thing you can learn from this is to never get in the way of the music. Bob and Erik do a lot of tweaking, but always with the song and the performance in mind. A wonderful skill and a lesson every engineer could reinforce always. Because without the performance there is little to mix.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Audio Engineer, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Studio One

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JTP
Submitted 1 year ago

Another fabulous episode

I'm really loving this series so far and can't wait for the next one. Bob and Erik do a great job of deconstructing these mixes and explaining what they're doing. The difference between the initial submitted mix and their finished mix is really astounding. Admittedly they had some very well recorded tracks to work with, but still, it really goes to show what kind of difference world class engineers can make. The final product in this episode is a really nice sounding song that is absolutely of commercial quality. Truly magic! I can imagine Brandon, the mix submitter, has picked up some priceless tips from this. Can't wait for the next episode and I hope they work with some more genres - I'd love to see them work their magic on some electronica/synth based music.

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Nicolas Gabsi
Submitted 1 year ago

good stuff in here!

like the first episode, i like the way Bob and Erik are exploring the sessions, I've learnt a lot. Many thanks, keep going!

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Bob Horn - Bob Horn is a multi-platinum, Grammy award winning Mix Engineer known for working with Artists spanning many genres; R&B, Pop, Hip Hop, Rock, Adult Contemporary, and Jazz, as well as artists from countries around the globe including Korea, Japan, Spain, Indonesia, and China. Some of those artists include: Usher, Timbaland, Michael Jackson, NeYo, Brandy, Ashanti, Dave Koz, Akon, Lupe Fiasco, Chinx, Stalley, Brian Culbertson, Everclear, Faith Evans, Brian McKnight, Trace Adkins, LeAnn Rimes, The Common Kings and many more. Bob attended Berklee College of Music in the mid- to late-'90s before relocating to Nashville in 1998 to begin his career as an recording engineer. Then in 2001 moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a mix engineer. Although Bob's career focus is mixing music, he is an accomplished musician playing drums, guitar, bass and piano, and is also involved in songwriting and production. In 2011 Bob, and a long time friend and colleague designed and built The EchoBar Recording Studios in North Hollywood, CA where he records and mixes for his clients.

Erik Reichers - With a career that spans two decades, Erik Reichers has engineered, mixed, and produced for some of the music industry’s most notable professionals including Jimmy Iovine, Ron Fair, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Bono (of U2), Ryan Tedder, Dave Stewart (of the Eurythmics) Dorothy, Herbie Hancock, The Neighbourhood, Everclear, Rahsaan Patterson, Gladys Knight, Paul Jackson Jr., DJ Quick, DJ Battlecat, Eric Benet, Lupe´ Fiasco and many more. In 2011, with the help of his friend and fellow engineer Bob Horn, Erik designed and built the Echo Bar Recording Studios in North Hollywood, California. With his keen attention to acoustics as well as his aesthetic taste Erik has garnered the attention of several industry professionals. In 2015, Dave Pensado requested that Erik design his current mix room at Fab Factory Studios in North Hollywood. Erik has also been commissioned to design and consult on the construction of a listening room for industry icon LA Reid. Erik has now designed and overseen the construction of 7 recording studios, mix rooms, and mastering houses across the United States. Erik is a consummate student. He enjoys learning new skills and techniques in all things music production and audio engineering related as well as studio design, acoustics, video production and photography.

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    Mix Review with Bob Horn & Erik Reichers - Episode 1

    Industry pro engineers, mixers and producers Bob Horn and Erik Reichers are pulling back the curtain, taking a volunteer's submitted mix and importing it side by side into their DAW, showing 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!

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    Mix Review with Bob Horn & Erik Reichers - Episode 2

    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.

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    Mix Review with Bob Horn & Erik Reichers - Episode 3

    Want to know how professionals would mix a homemade Soul Pop track? Industry pro engineers, mixers and producers Bob Horn and Erik Reichers bring you yet another series where they take a recordist's non-pro mix and import it side by side into their DAW, showing in-detail, how they would approach the mix, from start to radio-ready.

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Mix Review with Bob Horn & Erik Reichers - Episode 2 is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 5 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Once again you can not get better than this here at groove3 Bob and Eric are great at their in-depth analysis of mixing from scratch. Each step of the way is carefully explain for every turn on the various plugins.
Date published: 2019-03-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from The magic duo Bob and Erik are such pros, with knowledge and providing us in depth value information we all can benefit from!!!! Thanks a lot!!!!!
Date published: 2018-05-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Fun to learn other ideas Every good mix engineer will mix a given song to sound different by making different choices, but the most important thing you can learn from this is to never get in the way of the music. Bob and Erik do a lot of tweaking, but always with the song and the performance in mind. A wonderful skill and a lesson every engineer could reinforce always. Because without the performance there is little to mix.
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Another fabulous episode I'm really loving this series so far and can't wait for the next one. Bob and Erik do a great job of deconstructing these mixes and explaining what they're doing. The difference between the initial submitted mix and their finished mix is really astounding. Admittedly they had some very well recorded tracks to work with, but still, it really goes to show what kind of difference world class engineers can make. The final product in this episode is a really nice sounding song that is absolutely of commercial quality. Truly magic! I can imagine Brandon, the mix submitter, has picked up some priceless tips from this. Can't wait for the next episode and I hope they work with some more genres - I'd love to see them work their magic on some electronica/synth based music.
Date published: 2018-05-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from good stuff in here! like the first episode, i like the way Bob and Erik are exploring the sessions, I've learnt a lot. Many thanks, keep going!
Date published: 2018-05-03
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