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Mixing 101 - Mix Session from Hell

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    Kenny welcomes you and introduces you to the video tutorials. You'll run through all the tracks and procedures for how you're going to go about mixing the song and what specific methods you'll be using in the tutorial. All tracks in the song are also briefly reviewed, followed by the song being played as a before and after.

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    Track Management

    In this video, we break the tracks down into sections and Re-order them, add Color and give them useful names that can be spotted in a much quicker way.

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    Rough Mix with Markers & Tempo

    Kenny now shows the benefit of making a quick rough mix to get an idea of what will be needed in the final mixing process. He also adds Markers for each song section and finds the correct song tempo.

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    Clean-Up, Clip Gain & Split Mono

    Going further into the pre-mixing process, watch Kenny clean up tracks where music isn't playing, add gain to tracks with low levels, and split stereo and mono tracks into their most useful form.

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    Master Buss FX

    In this video, Kenny sets up a master buss track and adds FX and plug-ins that are most useful in this application.

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    Basic Vocal Sound

    As we dig in and start the actual mixing process, we start by getting a basic vocal sound that can be built around, in the rest of the mixing flow, as we always consider this most important aspect of the final mix.

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    Guitar Amp Sims

    Many of the tracks are just a DI or direct injection signal straight from the guitar, so together you'll sculpt the best guitar tones for this specific track.

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    Basic Drum Sound - Ride Mic

    As we move on to the drums, see how to quickly get an overall drum sound without getting lost into every specific instrument in the kit.

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    The Drum Overheads

    In this video we begin getting the overall drum sound from our overhead mics. The goal is to make this the sound or centerpiece of your kit and build around it. EQ, compression, reverb are also applied.

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    The Room Mics

    In this tutorial you'll dig in to the room mics on the kit and see how big and distant we can actually make the drums sound. In addition, we add EQ and compression to re-shape the drum mics.

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    Kick Drum

    As we begin to zero in on the close mics on the kit, we notice how much presence and thump can be applied by adding samples to the kick drum. Not only do we add Samples to enhance the sound but we also find quick ways to make those triggers sample accurate.

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    Snare Drum Pt. 1

    In this video we address the Snare drum and see how much crack we can create from it by using EQ and compression.

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    Snare Drum Pt. 2

    In this video, Kenny continues with the snare mix and adds a sample to create some extra character in the snare.

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    Drum Reverb

    Next we focus on getting the right room treatment for the drums by adding Reverb and making just the right preset for this song.

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    The Toms

    In this tutorial we go through and adjust the tom track using EQ and compression.

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    The Ride Cymbal

    In this video, Kenny focuses in on the ride cymbal to make sure it too cuts thru the track.

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    Drum Buss EQ & Parallel Compression

    In this video we go thru and add a parallel compression buss and then add EQ and compression effects to really create an aggressive drum sound.

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    The Bass Sound

    Next we dig into the bass sound. See how to use multiple sub-mixes, VCAs and effects to create that modern Bass Sound.

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    The Guitars Pt. 1

    Moving on to the guitars, we now start to blend these into the mix finding the perfect place for them regarding panning and a bit more edgy EQ.

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    The Guitars Pt. 2

    Kenny continues working on the guitars utilizing different plug-ins and techniques to get that polishes pro sound.

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    Acoustic Guitars

    In this video, Kenny checks out the acoustic guitars in the song which come in a bit later, but do play an important part in creating dynamics in the overall arrangement.

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    Lead Vocals & Clip Gain

    Next we come back to the vocals and start to fine tune the level of each phrase in each lyric. This makes things easier down the line, but also makes each word sit at the right volume along with getting the right amount of compression.

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    Lead Vocals / EQ & Compression

    As we start to dig in deeper to the vocals, we can now add some final EQ and compression to really make the vocal pop out in the mix.

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    Lead Vocals & De-Essing

    As a final step, we can now De-Ess the vocal so that those high frequencies don't jump out in an un-natural way. Also see how to create a tighter more polished vocal treatment.

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    Bridge Vocal FX

    Next we check out the bridge vocal which has some similarities to the lead vocal but also needs to be treated in its own special way.

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    Background Vox

    In this video, Kenny works on the background vocals and how to find a unique supporting place for them while adding EQ, compression, reverb and delays.

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    Dividing Tracks & Panning

    In this tutorial, we go back to separating tracks into useful groups and sub-groups, and finding spatial left and right panning for each section. Automation and dynamics are also used.

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    Automation Pt. 1

    As a Final step to tying the whole Mix together, Kenny breaks out automation and really digs in and rides every instrument that needs finessing on a section by section basis.

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    Automation Pt. 2

    Kenny finalizes all his automation choices and dials in just the right moves to add movement and excitement to the mix.

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    Final Mix

    In this last tutorial, we play the whole song from beginning to end, highlighting the changes in each section. Enjoy!

Product Overview

Platinum producer / engineer Kenny Gioia now reveals a day in the life of a mix engineer, mixing a song from beginning to end, and how to handle all the common problems you'll encounter on your way to that perfect mix. You even get the session files so you can mix along in your DAW and see and hear the results in real-time!

Kenny covers it all, from an intro to the song you'll be mixing together, setting up to mix, cleaning tracks, rough mixes, buss effects, getting the perfect vocal sound, crafting killing guitars, drums, bass and so much more. There's also dedicated videos on dividing tracks, panning and automation, that will make your mixes stand out from the rest.

See the individual tutorial descriptions below for more info. If you're ready to see how to make pro mixes of your songs and productions, watch "Mixing 101 - Mix Session from Hell" now!

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Mixing 101 - Mix Session from Hell is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 45 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Stellar Job Kenny does a stellar job in turning this track around. Nicely presented series of tutorials offering many insights into mixing considerations.
Date published: 2020-12-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Helpful! I enjoyed eating this, I learned a few things which is always good... lol
Date published: 2020-12-14
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from I loved the tutor's workflow. I gained some new wisdom in music production process. I feel grateful to the tutor of this tutorial.
Date published: 2020-12-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Enlighting Great tutorial, well explained, though I would have appreciated the final export phase at the end of the session with recommendations for mastering prep. Great anyway thank you !
Date published: 2020-10-21
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great! It's well named, The Mix Session From Hell, as it was pretty hellish. But as always, Kenny guides you through it all and by the end sounds fantastic. It's a bit tricky, but I stuck with it, and along the way learned so so much. Thanks!
Date published: 2019-12-11
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Very good. Learning a lot It has helped me to understand mixing in a new way. But Kenny could talk more slowly because as not native English language talker it is bit hard for me to follow very fast talking.
Date published: 2019-09-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from very good very good.
Date published: 2018-11-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from I want some more Kenny you're the best. I love your explanations, your way of thinking a mix and all the little tip & tricks you share. Thanks a lot and hope to see soon something new; I hope something about production next time. Roberto
Date published: 2018-11-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Pro Tools Signal Flow Explained® I’m very grateful for what Kenny Gioia has taught me. He has demystified Signal flow in Pro Tools and helped me understand with great depth how to route signals not jus in Pro Tools but I can apply the knowledge/ concepts learned when working from other Daws ???? Having come from Adobe Audition where I never utilized Busses,Sends, real time effects etc; Pro Tools was very daunting to me! But with studying Kenny Gioia’s video tutorials that has changed. It’s now joy working in Pro Tools. Thank you Kenny!
Date published: 2018-10-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Kenny rules I've watched three of Kenny's mixing tutorials now, and yet he's still so amazingly easy to listen to, and I still learn so much
Date published: 2018-04-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great! Typical Kenny Gioia: Efficient explanations, clear, understandable, no bla bla! Thank you for this great tutorial!
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great session! Thoroughly enjord the breakdown of the parts and why each change was made.
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Amazing mixing tutorial! Another excellent mixing tutorial by Kenny Giogia.
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Absolutely fantastic! This tutorial is very in-depth, easy and pleasant to follow. Generally, all of Gioia's tutorials are very good, but this one has everything: tips on phase, panning, EQ-ing, compression, vocals, delay, reverb so that the 5 hours of this course will pass quite quickly and pleasantly while learning a lot.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by from Helpful Nice, and detailed
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Basic but essential It contains basic information, but it is very essential to start a good mix, and contains some tips and tricks.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Interesting As always... Kenny does an awesome job..
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Awesome Tutorial This is an awesome tutorial. I feel like I've learned so much. Highly recommended that you follow along with the session files in your DAW of choice! The section on mixing live drums has improved my mixes considerably!
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from I love Kenny, man. He has helped me over the years. This video, i'm sure will take my mixes over the top. I can see and hear how this video has answered some questions for me. Right on!!!
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Just finished the series - outstanding! There is so much in this video series to digest - I have to watch it again and apply it to my own productions. Great job Kenny!
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful This. Vid showed the mixers thought process and method! Awesome
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Kenny does it again. Awesome! It was really helpful watching a whole mix come together. You learn so many of the little details from Kenny that really make your mixes stand out and sound professional.
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Very Helpful! I learned the the basic skills necessary to mix a record for start to finish. the information was presented clearly with detailed explanations for why the choices were made
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Really interesting seeing how a pro mixes It was interesting to see how Kenny went through and mixed the various elements of the song. A lot of the changes were subtle and really hard for me to hear, but made a huge difference when they were all combined.
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from A Good Start for a Novice I'm relatively new to computer-based recording. I've been using GarageBand and various plug-ins. This course has helped me understand the important aspects of mixing. I've mixed individually recorded tracks but didn't realize how much more I could be doing. Kenny presents the information in a useful and practical way.
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from LOTS of material! This is, as advertised, a complete mix from raw tracks yo finished product. Kenny works quickly and accurately and cuts ahead on some of the repetitive processes so there is very little wasted time on screen/ Very worthwhile.
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by from Cool I like Kenny's delivery and work flow.
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent Tutorial This tutorial was very well explained I was able to learn some more tricks to add to my arsenal lol
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 2.0 out of 5 by from A Few Good Ideas There were a few good ideas in this video, but it was wrong--or at least very odd--about several things. For example, why pull up the gain on all your tracks, then group them and pull down all the faders when it hits the 2-bus too hard? That doesn't make sense. Better to gain stage it properly from the beginning, so that you're not blowing out your 2-bus and you can have your faders closer to zero--where fader movements have much finer resolution--when you start. Similarly, putting the multi-band compressor on the 2-bus might make sense if you were using different settings for each of the bands, but using precisely the same settings on each bands renders the multi-band functionality moot.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great tutorial I really enjoyed this one and it was really insightful to see how the magic of mixing can really transform a song from start to finish
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 2.0 out of 5 by from SO, SO. This may be ok for beginners, however, more experienced engineers will check out early. Also, the song is not my kind of music, so I lost interest because it was hard on my ears; e.g. raspy out of tune vocals, to much distortion, dynamics are one dimensional.
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Great mixing class I really enjoy watching and learning from these videos. Thanks!
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 2.0 out of 5 by from Good content I like the content but the trainer is very hard to listen to due to all the pauses he does during the presentation.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from very much needed this is just what the upcoming generation of audio mixers need. respect to kenny.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Interesting Stuff I found this very helpful. I really enjoyed seeing how Kenny dialed up all of the tones in the session.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Quite Good. Good overview.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Mix session from hell Really good and very interesting . Even though I use Cubase . Some great techniques that one can use in any DAW you are using .
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Kenny is so helpful when he creates a video series! His style is unique! Kenny tells you what he does and why. He focuses on the more important things, things I might not have thought of myself. Clear instruction keeps me wanting to soak up every detail.
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Extremely useful information Really great presentation of what is required to take a song from raw to final production. I learned a lot of very practical techniques & workflow.
Date published: 2017-03-11
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Kenny does it again Always enjoy Kenny's tutorials, especially ones like this about mixing. I learn more watching his tutorials that many of the others (like the whole 'Explained' series.
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent-Thorough Kenny left no stones unturned in this excellent piece. Fantastic clip gain section for vocals. Thanks Kenny!
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from This is a great learning tool. I've taken a lot of training classes but this course was excellent. This was just like being there throughout Kenny's mixing session. You get to see every decision he makes which was really valuable.
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Mixing 101 Excellent investment provides the opportunity to get multiple perspectives.
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Clear and thorough Great detail on mixing vocals, guitars, bass, drums, as well as useful overviews of the FX plugins
Date published: 1969-12-31
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