Erik and Bob introduce the Chris Love mix and discuss their opinion of some of the mixing decisions Chris may have made along with mixing trends and the importance of acoustical room treatment.
The submission questions are reviewed and Bob imparts incredible insight into choosing reference mixes and its pitfalls.
The guys overview the drums and highlight some of their choices to accentuate the sounds and subdue some of the mid-range buildup.
Starting on the Kick Drums the duo compare and discuss Chris Love's Neutron effects used on his sounds and then show The Echo Bar Kick processing in contrast.
Continuing with the Kick Drums, the layers are starting to develop the foundation for the song and Erik shows how he created a sample to enhance the qualities lacking in the original sound.
Wrapping up the last of the Kick Drums with a Harmonic Exciter and Transient Designer.
Delving into the snares we have a look at the original samples and how the guys sculpt the sound to the song.
Moving onto some of Chris Loves "Clack Sound" and "Claps" sounds used in the production.
Erik and Bob clean up the original "Clap" samples and demonstrate what to be cautious of in those types of samples.
Approaching the Hi Hats we are introduced to "THE FLANGE HAT" and Bob discusses the challenges frequency-wise and some advanced plugins that reduce harsh frequencies.
Diving deeper into the remaining Hi Hats and finding their place in the mix.
Looking at the remaining percussion and fills Erik and Bob add creative treatments to create some dramatic tension to the song.
Concluding the last of the percussion tracks the guys demonstrate "How to get more energy" out of a sampled sound.
Here, Bob and Erik talk about the variety of bass sounds in Chris Love's production.
Bob takes the lead and shows us the bass elements of this song and his approach to some of the sounds commonly used in these types of productions.
Bob shows how he got a more aggressive and dark sound to fit with the 808's and shares some wisdom regarding compensating for bass room nodes in your listening environment.
With all the foundation elements in place Erik and Bob talk guitars and how they wanted to use them.
Chris Love's guitars are demonstrated first followed by Bob explaining some of the creative liberties he took to make the guitars more aggressive to cut through the mix.
The remaining guitars are covered and the guys show how their treatments varied depending on the arrangement of the song sections.
Very briefly the keyboards and synths are discussed and how they are mainly supporting elements in this song.
Since the foundation has taken shape the synth elements get treated to create depth and Bob shows how to cut the frequencies that are building up from these layers.
The exotic synths are put on display and processed to fill in the spaces remaining in the song creating even more atmosphere.
We have finally arrived at the vocals now Erik and Bob breakdown the types of vocals featured on this song and some of the gain staging issues/challenges within the recordings.
Kicking it off right into the Special Effects Vocals and Rap sections Bob explains a few changes they made to the arrangement of the vocals to improve the sections of the song.
Moving further into the Rap sections Erik and Bob improve upon the special effect treatment Chris created in his mix and demonstrate how they achieved that.
The male rap section feature is in the spotlight now and the guys show us how to get that vocal ready for its showcase.
It's lead vocal time and Erik explains the challenges with noise and gain staging on these tracks and how use a de-noise plugin. Bob also imparts some info on how to manage your noise floor and tips for gain staging a vocal tracking session.
Now that the lead vocals are cleaned up Erik and Bob explain their treatment and plugins for their final vocal sound.
Continuing on the lead vocals, we are at reverb and delays on the chorus section of the song.
The background vocals are now brought into the mix and we see how they get spaced and treated to support the lead vocal.
Wrapping up the background vocals.
A conversation about what Chris Love had on his master bus and what Erik and Bob used to get their final sound.
Focusing on the Chris Love's Master Bus signal chain Bob makes some suggestions for recuperating gain being lost from "Rouge transients".
A breakdown of the Echo Bar "Sub Master" signal routing is explained and the logic for its setup in controlling the mix.
Bob starts breaking down the Echo Bar master bus explaining in great detail what each plugin is doing to reign in the mix.
We have reached the last of the plugins on the master bus and Bob explains one of his favorite compressors for gluing the mix to get the final sound.
The guys say goodbye and play out their mix of "Little Taste".
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.
Shot in Pro Tools, but applicable to any DAW, Bob and Erik start by playing you the mix of the song "Little Taste" by Xandra Lee and mixed by Chris Love, then discuss some of the mixing decisions Chris may have made along with mixing trends and the importance of acoustical room treatment.
Bob and Erik then review Chris' answers to their submission questions and Bob imparts incredible insight into choosing reference mixes and its pitfalls. Then it's off to the mix, and the guys start with the drums, offering extensive advice and fixes, making the drum sounds into something truly special.
The variety of Bass sounds in the production are now discussed, including the more aggressive and dark sound they have, and how to make it fit with the 808's in the song. Bob also shares some wisdom regarding compensating for bass room nodes in your listening environment.
Guitars and Synths are then dissected and optimized over the course of 6 separate videos, followed by 8 videos focusing on the all important vocal parts, making them shine and fit perfectly in the mix. The series is then wrapped up with an in-depth look at Master Bus processing, and a playback of their final mix of the song.
See the individual tutorial descriptions for more info. Get invaluable mix information and see where all the improvements are made, and how to make them, and step up your mixing to create a true professional, radio ready mix... Watch "Mix Review with Bob Horn & Erik Reichers - Episode 3" today.
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