Mixing Tutorial

Mix School 101

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The Basics

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    5:55

    What is mixing? What makes a good mix? How is a mix put together? Find out what goes into making a mix happen and the things that need to be considered.

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    Tutorial 2

    The Shape of a Mix

    14:35

    Russ deconstructs 3 mixes to show how the shape of a mix can make a big difference to the final result. Watch this and soon you'll be knocking your mixes into shape.

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    Tutorial 3

    The Anatomy of a Mix

    17:50

    Russ unpacks the anatomy of a mix and shows the 5 things to consider when mixing a track. Soon you'll be taking control of level, space, tone, dynamics, and effects to craft amazing mixes.

Getting Started

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    Tutorial 4

    Mix House Keeping

    8:21

    Discover how some simple house keeping can help you to mix faster and get great mixes in record time.

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    Tutorial 5

    Using Mix & Edit Groups

    20:16

    Why only do one thing at a time, when you can do ten - find out how Mix and Edit Groups can help you do the work of 10 people when mixing.

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    Tutorial 6

    Editing

    7:36

    If you want to get super tight drums, clean vocals and more, then watch and learn about editing the audio and getting it into shape, ready for mixing.

The Vocals

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    Tutorial 7

    Main Vocals

    23:14

    The core of any song is the vocals. See how to get them sounding just right, by applying EQ, Compression and Tuning. Make your vocals will really sing!

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    Tutorial 8

    Backing Vocals

    9:06

    If you want to get that nice big vocal sound, you'll need to know the backing vocal tricks used in top studios. The secrets are revealed in this video and every genre from rock to dance will benefit from these principles.

The Instruments

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    Tutorial 9

    Acoustic Guitars

    8:12

    Find out how to give your acoustic guitars that professional sheen and air that helps them sit just right in the mix.

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    Tutorial 10

    Piano & Keyboards

    6:16

    Getting a piano to sit in a mix can b e hard to those new to mixing - Russ shows you his 2 step approach to getting the piano to sit just right.

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    Tutorial 11

    Re-Tuning the Piano

    2:52

    Have an out-of-tune piano? Watch Russ take the MIDI piano on this track and replace it with a new one that's in tune!

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    Tutorial 12

    The Bass

    6:01

    Driving along under every great song is a solid bass. Find out how to get that solid, thick bass sound heard on so many tracks with tricks he learnt from some top mix engineers.

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    Tutorial 13

    Drums

    21:31

    How do you get a basic kit and give it the energy it needs? In this extended video, Russ takes a kit which needs some life and gives it smack and sparkle!

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    Tutorial 14

    Electric Guitars

    22:04

    You may not have a stack of vintage amps, but knowing what to put on your electric guitars can make the difference between them sounding thin to being fat and in your face.

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    Tutorial 15

    Beats & Percussion

    7:26

    Often back beats and percussion can be fighting the drums in a track. Find out how filtering can make them complement your drums tracks and be best friends.

Finishing Up the Mix

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    Tutorial 16

    Final Tweaks & Automation

    17:27

    If you have ever struggled to get things sitting just right in your mix, then see how automation can be the difference between a mess and a masterpiece. - Russ also throws some "magic dust" on the mix with careful use of reverb.

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    Tutorial 17

    The Final Mix

    30:39

    Stand back, we have a masterpiece to complete! See how using tape emulation and master bus compression can be the glue that holds the whole mix together.

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    Tutorial 18

    Bouncing to Disk

    8:28

    So you want to share you mix with the world? In this session find out how to get your mix from Pro Tools out in a file format you can send to a mastering engineer or share with your friends. Russ also shows that when it comes to bouncing the mix, there is more than one way to skin a cat.

Bonus Video

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    Tutorial 19

    Cleaning Up Live Drums

    27:31

    As a special bonus Russ does an extended session on cleaning up live drums.

Are you just getting into mixing music? If so, boy are you lucky you found this collection of awesome tutorials by DAW guru Russ Hughes, co founder of Pro-Tools-Expert.com! Russ helps those either new to mixing, or who just don't feel satisfied with their mixes by starting right at the beginning, looking at what mixing is, and what makes a good mix. Then Russ performs a full, in-depth "over the shoulder" mixing session, explaining it all as he goes.

This series, although shown in Pro Tools 10, will help anyone on any DAW craft and hone their mixes into much better, professional sounding tracks that you can be proud of, as the theories presented apply to any DAW.

Russ starts with a detailed introduction to mixing, shows you "shapes" of mixes, the anatomy of a mix and mix "house keeping" to better manage and increase your mixing workflow. Next Russ gets into using groups and editing your tracks to make them mix ready. Russ then focuses on main vocals and background vocals, showing you how to get that "big" vocal sound.

The instruments are next to be mixed, including acoustic guitars, piano and keyboards, bass, drums, electric guitars and more! Russ then dives into important final tweaks, using automation and adding "magic dust" on the master buss. The final mix is then performed and Russ shows you how to bounce it to disc, and or use other means to create your master stereo file to share with the world. Just when you think it's over, Russ has included a bonus video called "Cleaning Up Live Drums" for those who need how to do so.

At over 4 hours long this series is designed to give the viewer the solid basics of mixing. This is great for someone just starting out, or for those who wish to visit the basics again to see if they have missed anything important. Even though this series is shown in Pro Tools 10, you'll be able to use the practices and theories on your own mixes in any DAW. Don't wait any longer, move to the top of the class... Watch "Mix School 101" today.

Luca
Submitted 3 months ago

Not as expected

It flows good and very well explained but I do not feel I could learn a lot although I am a beginner.

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SnobNRecuvry
Submitted 4 months ago

Good info but...

The information is Good but the song being mixed is nauseating. I cant watch the video in it's entirety because of this,

I am a: Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Game Designer, Sound for Film/TV, Ableton Live, Cubase, Pro Tools, Reaper

Response from Customer Service:

Hello and thank you for leaving a review on our site! We truly appreciate our customers feedback.
I'm sorry you didn't like the tutorial. Although it is an older one, the techniques presented still hold true. The song itself was used because it was a song the author could get the licensing approved to use in this capacity. But the lessons are valuable regardless of the song being mixed.
Thank you for your support and check out some of the newer mix tutorials uploaded for even more info
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jono
Submitted 7 months ago

Very helpful

This is a very informative course that provides a good perspective on the thought process and planning that is involved in the mixing of different tracks. Both instrumental and vocal tracks are covered along with the different audio techniques to enhance the tracks so that they sound good individually and together within the mix. For someone who is not a beginner, the course might simply cover things you already know. However, for a beginner, such as myself, it was great to see someone who is really good at his craft present this material.

I am a: Beginner, Musician, Audio Engineer, Ableton Live, FL Studio, Mixcraft

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BBOBBYB
Submitted 7 months ago

AAA

AAA

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Ableton Live, Cakewalk Sonar, Reason

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jay1ner
Submitted 9 months ago

Great set of videos

Im new to mixing and this series helped me understand the basics and much much more. Great series.

I am a: Student, Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Ableton Live, Reason

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dnbguy84
Submitted 10 months ago

Pretty good basics

Pretty good overview of basics. Just one thing I noticed, he seems to be describing the 1176 the wrong way around regarding the 1176 - the faster settings are the higher numbers, not the lower.

I am a: Hobbyist, Producer, Reaper

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james c
Submitted 1 year ago

Good, not great

I suppose this is good for beginners. It is interesting to see his thought processes. However, he was a bit unorganized, and he dwelled on things too long. There was a lot of wasted time throughout this course...I don't want to see you searching for all the areas of the song that have toms in them, you should have done that prior to filming your lesson. This was average. Separately, why does Groove 3 ask redundant, irrelevant and generic questions after the end of every review?

I am a: Musician

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JEAsongs
Submitted 2 years ago

Fantastic, Inspirational, Instructional!

The deeper I delve into Groove3's vast array of instruction and examples, the more inspirational knowledge I learn. The more I learn, the better chance I have to succeed. I cannot wait to apply some of these tips and techniques to my songs. Many thanks to Groove3 and their master instructors! I highly recommend anyone, a beginner to pro, try Groove3 for a while. It's worth every penny!!

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician

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bravoestudio
Submitted 2 years ago

Very good

Very good for begginers. Show us good tricks to use in different types of songs


1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started young. My father was a Jazz piano player who would play Oscar Peterson on the piano, I would go in as a kid and sit and listen to him in wonder. When he left the room I would try and knock out tunes myself. When I was 15 I swapped my bike for a really bad electric guitar which I went home and plugged into my sister's hi-fi, she was not impressed. From there I started having bands in the garage and the rest, as they say, is history.

2. What training have you had?

As a musician, no formal training, I just picked things up by ear. Over the years I've been lucky to work and play with some of the best musicians around, that rubs off on you, playing with great people means you either get better or get a different job! As a trainer I've done a lot of public speaking, presentations and seminars to groups of anything from 10 to 3,000 people. Again, you either get good or get hungry.

3. When did you get into recording?

When I was 17 I bought myself a Tascam 244 Portastudio, that was a 4 track cassette based recording system that cost around $1800! In those days that was a miracle being able to record and mix on separate tracks. Once I got that then I was hooked, in fact I forgotten the stuff I've bought over the years, I just look music and technology and so recording ticks both of my passion boxes!

4. People you have worked with/for?

It's a long list and to name drop would sound like throwing pans down a stone staircase. I've worked with and for, in a technical and programming capacity UB40, T-Pau, Elton John, The Beat, New Order, Jools Holland, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Duran Duran, and Japan to name some of those blasts from the past... I'm old!

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I didn't know I was, perhaps it's the combination of my passion for the music and the gear coupled with a genuine desire to help people to use their gear without any barriers. I read the manual as a last resort (often because they are so badly written) so I guess that other's may feel the same, so I try to find a way of making things as simple as possible, I try not to pretend to be an expert, more a guy who's just figured it out. I also have a terrible sense of humour, which means when I train live there are a lot of laughs.

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Mix School 101 is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by from Not as expected It flows good and very well explained but I do not feel I could learn a lot although I am a beginner.
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by from Good info but... The information is Good but the song being mixed is nauseating. I cant watch the video in it's entirety because of this,
Date published: 2017-11-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful This is a very informative course that provides a good perspective on the thought process and planning that is involved in the mixing of different tracks. Both instrumental and vocal tracks are covered along with the different audio techniques to enhance the tracks so that they sound good individually and together within the mix. For someone who is not a beginner, the course might simply cover things you already know. However, for a beginner, such as myself, it was great to see someone who is really good at his craft present this material.
Date published: 2017-08-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from AAA AAA
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great set of videos Im new to mixing and this series helped me understand the basics and much much more. Great series.
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Pretty good basics Pretty good overview of basics. Just one thing I noticed, he seems to be describing the 1176 the wrong way around regarding the 1176 - the faster settings are the higher numbers, not the lower.
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Good, not great I suppose this is good for beginners. It is interesting to see his thought processes. However, he was a bit unorganized, and he dwelled on things too long. There was a lot of wasted time throughout this course...I don't want to see you searching for all the areas of the song that have toms in them, you should have done that prior to filming your lesson. This was average. Separately, why does Groove 3 ask redundant, irrelevant and generic questions after the end of every review?
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Fantastic, Inspirational, Instructional! The deeper I delve into Groove3's vast array of instruction and examples, the more inspirational knowledge I learn. The more I learn, the better chance I have to succeed. I cannot wait to apply some of these tips and techniques to my songs. Many thanks to Groove3 and their master instructors! I highly recommend anyone, a beginner to pro, try Groove3 for a while. It's worth every penny!!
Date published: 2016-08-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very good Very good for begginers. Show us good tricks to use in different types of songs
Date published: 2016-06-15