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Mixing 101 - Mix Session from Hell

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    Introduction (1:47)


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    Track Management (11:04)


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    Rough Mix with Markers & Tempo (16:22)


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    Clean-Up, Clip Gain & Split Mono (11:18)


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    Master Buss FX (14:18)


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    Basic Vocal Sound (16:28)


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    Guitar Amp Sims (18:14)


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    Basic Drum Sound - Ride Mic (14:17)


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    The Drum Overheads (6:49)


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    The Room Mics (7:37)


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    Kick Drum (16:03)


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    Snare Drum Pt. 1 (9:40)


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    Snare Drum Pt. 2 (10:26)


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    Drum Reverb (8:19)


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    The Toms (9:38)


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    The Ride Cymbal (4:57)


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    Drum Buss EQ & Parallel Compression (9:46)


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    The Bass Sound (17:29)


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    The Guitars Pt. 1 (11:59)


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    The Guitars Pt. 2 (16:29)


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    Acoustic Guitars (6:45)


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    Lead Vocals & Clip Gain (7:51)


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    Lead Vocals / EQ & Compression (5:03)


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    Lead Vocals & De-Essing (10:13)


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    Bridge Vocal FX (3:55)


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    Background Vox (4:44)


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    Dividing Tracks & Panning (14:44)


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    Automation Pt. 1 (11:13)


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    Automation Pt. 2 (7:46)


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    Final Mix (3:41)


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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Nyj
Submitted 6 months ago

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

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Mastering Facility, Sound for Film/TV, Pro Tools

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dasegi
Submitted 10 months ago

Great!

Typical Kenny Gioia: Efficient explanations, clear, understandable, no bla bla! Thank you for this great tutorial!

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Ableton Live, Reaper

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kevinwhittenburg
Submitted 1 year ago

Great session!

Thoroughly enjord the breakdown of the parts and why each change was made.

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Ronald
Submitted 1 year ago

Amazing mixing tutorial!

Another excellent mixing tutorial by Kenny Giogia.

I am a: Student, Musician, Reaper

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Chris78
Submitted 1 year ago

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.

I am a: Hobbyist, Producer, Ableton Live

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10K
Submitted 1 year ago

Helpful

Nice, and detailed

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Tooonzzz
Submitted 1 year ago

Basic but essential

It contains basic information, but it is very essential to start a good mix, and contains some tips and tricks.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Cubase

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VenEmuS
Submitted 1 year ago

Interesting

As always... Kenny does an awesome job..

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer

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Amanichai
Submitted 1 year ago

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!

I am a: Hobbyist, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Reason

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Ogee
Submitted 1 year ago

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!!!

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I've played an instrument since I was 10. Drums and Trumpet. I'm 40 now. I can play a little bit of any instrument. Master of none. Rock bands most of my life.

2. What training have you had?

I was taught trumpet classically from grade school up until I graduated high school. I went to Five Towns College for engineering and learned that you can't just learn this stuff from school. I did graduate though.

3. When did you get into recording?

I've been recording since I was 15. Two cassette players wired to a Radio Shack mixer. Eventually I got an 8 track reel to reel by Fostex. I've used just about every DAW and I started using them before they even recorded audio. Vision and Performer were just MIDI sequencers at the time. Before they became Studio Vision and Digital Performer. I got studio jobs because I knew computer MIDI and most studios didn't. I eventually moved up to Sound Tools which was two track. Then Pro Tools made a Audio Media III card which let you have 4 inputs. Gradually I moved up from there with Pro Tools D24, Pro Tools Mix to HD.

4. People you have worked with/for?

Marcy Playground
Mandy Moore
LFO
Willa Ford
Lee Ann Womack
Paulina Rubio
Hall & Oates
Bayside
Head Automatica
Cute is What We Aim For
FTSK
and many more...

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Hmmm. My Mom always said "Self Praise Stinks". I think it's because I have no ability to talk like a professional announcer, or plan out my teachings. So I teach as if you were sitting next to me. Pretty much off the cuff. I think that engages people more. We're so used to hearing everything done so properly and planned out with unnecessary explanations and proper wording that the brain will actually ignore most of it. Your brain tunes it out like you're back at your desk at school. But if the teacher grabbed you aside and just explained it to you, I believe you'd get more out of it. That is what I try to do.

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    Mixing 101 - Mix Session from Hell

    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!

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Mixing 101 - Mix Session from Hell is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 36 .
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
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from HELPFUL VERY GOOD AT TELL YOU HOW TO SET UP SESSIONS FRO THE START
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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