Mixing Tutorial

Mix School 101

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19 Videos | Length: 4hr 25min 20sec
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Chapter 1 : The Basics

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    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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    The Shape of a Mix

    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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    The Anatomy of a Mix

    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.

Chapter 2 : Getting Started

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    Mix House Keeping

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

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    Using Mix & Edit Groups

    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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    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.

Chapter 3 : The Vocals

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    Main Vocals

    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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    Backing Vocals

    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.

Chapter 4 : The Instruments

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    Acoustic Guitars

    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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    Piano & Keyboards

    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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    Re-Tuning the Piano

    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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    The Bass

    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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    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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    Electric Guitars

    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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    Beats & Percussion

    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.

Chapter 5 : Finishing Up the Mix

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    Final Tweaks & Automation

    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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    The Final Mix

    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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    Bouncing to Disk

    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.

Chapter 6 : Bonus Video

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    Cleaning Up Live Drums

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

Product Overview

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.

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Mix School 101 is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 12 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful I am a real beginner and this was extremely helpful to understand the fundamentals of a good mix. The videos are a bit dated now, but the core concepts are still the same.
Date published: 2020-06-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Found a lot of good detail here. Whilst I don’t necessarily agree with some of the settings, that is my taste. The presentation and detail delivered was truly excellent. It is always good to checkout others opinions. Thanks for a great series.
Date published: 2019-11-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Helpful Learn a lot of new things
Date published: 2018-10-07
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
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