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Mixing Jazz Fusion

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    Introduction

    In this opening tutorial, Kenny sets the stage for properly mixing a Jazz Fusion song. Kenny goes over what this will entail and preview the before and after results.

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    Organizing the Session

    Next we dive in and talk about the key to mixing quickly and all of it's advantages. We begin to organize the session by re-naming and coloring tracks, cleaning up our audio and adding markers to the session.

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    Rough Mix

    Next, Kenny begins to get a rough mix while applying master buss fx and EQ to continually speed up the mixing process.

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    Basic Drum Sound & Overheads

    Kenny works on the drum tracks both globally and gets some close to final sounds for the Overhead Mics.

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    Drum Room Mics

    As we move on with the drum mics, we begin to work on the Room Mic and what it adds to the kit while dealing with the phase issues that it may add.

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    Kick Drum

    In this video, Kenny moves on to the close mic'ed drums. Focusing on the Kick Drum and adding some neat tricks to give it more low end and add sustain.

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    Snare Drum

    Kenny moves on to the close mic'ed Snare Drum and what it adds to the general drum kit sound. Compression and EQ are all discussed along with phase issues.

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    Drum Buss Parallel Compression

    To finalize our drum sound, we buss all the drums to a few different aux tracks and treat each of them differently using Buss or NY style Compression. This technique provides maximum flexibility in retaining the drum transients along with crushing compression possibilities.

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    The Bass Sound

    Next we move on to the Bass. Working with EQ, Compression and multying it to many tracks to create a unique sound while adding clarity.

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    Guitar Rhythm

    Kenny moves on to the guitar tracks focusing on the intro guitar and adding amp and cabinet simulators to re-create and sculpt the sound of a real amp.

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    Guitar Head

    Next we move on to the main lead melody guitar which plays off the Sax as we find a unique place for each of them while also creating a sound.

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    Sax

    Kenny tackles the Saxophone which plays in a few different sections. Not only do we treat each on with different processing but we also see the easiest way of accomplishing it.

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    Guitar Chords

    During the Sax solo sections, an interesting guitar chord section appears with a slight chorus effect. We re-pan this part along with adding EQ and Compression.

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    Guitar Solo

    Next we tackle the main guitar solo. Also adding guitar amp simulators but doing a bit differently this time while employing the direct sound along with EQ as well.

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    Fender Rhodes (Roland Space Echo)

    Throughout the whole song, we have a staccato Fender Rhodes tracks that stabs out the chords. We find a unique effect for this while also creating some psychedelic tape echo effects for the ending of the song.

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    Automation - Master FX

    Once all the tracks are working nicely together, we re-think our approach, make adjustments based on it and begin to automate all the tracks so they fit nicely in the mix and create interesting moments for the transitions.

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    Final Mix

    And finally, in this video we simply play the finished mix down so you can hear the final results.

Product Overview


Multi-Platinum Engineer and Producer Kenny Gioia returns with an all-new mixing series, this time showing you how to mix a Jazz Fusion song. Watch Kenny mold the mix from a raw rough mix into a release-ready diamond.

Kenny begins by welcoming you and playing the before and after mixes of the song "Salt Peter" by NYC based Jazz Fusion group Handball. Before getting down to work, watch Kenny organize the session by renaming and coloring tracks, cleaning up audio, and adding markers to the session. Kenny then gets a quick basic mix going while applying Master Buss FX and EQ, to continually hone the mixing process.

Now it's time to dive into the drums. Kenny starts with the Overhead and Room Mics, then works on the Kick and Snare, all while sharing great tips and techniques for making the drums sound awesome. Moving on, Kenny tackles the Guitars beginning with the Bass. See how he works with EQ and Compression and sends it to many tracks to create a unique sound, while adding clarity.

From here it's on to the guitars. First focusing on the intro guitar and adding amp and cabinet simulators to re-create and sculpt the sound of a real amp. Next, Kenny focuses on to the main lead melody Guitar which plays off the Sax, as he finds a unique place for each of them in the stereo field creating a "sound". After getting all the guitars sitting nicely in the mix, Kenny works on the Sax which appears in a few different sections, treating each instance differently with unique processing.

Wrapping it all up, Kenny adds Panning and EQ to the Guitar chords that play during the Sax solo sections before tackling the Guitar solo. Kenny again adds guitar amp simulators to the Guitar solo, but does it a bit differently this time by including the direct sound along with EQ. Throughout the whole song a Fender Rhodes comps chords which Kenny finds a unique effect for, while also creating a psychedelic tape echo effect for the ending of the song.

Finally, after all the tracks are working together, Kenny automates them so they gel together in the mix and create interesting transitions when moving from section to section. If you record and mix Jazz Fusion, or any other type of instrumental music, check out "Mixing Jazz Fusion" today and see how to make your instrumental mixes sing!


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Enyakb
Submitted 1 year ago

Being honest - it’s ok

I first got the how to mix drums in logic x. That was amazing. As a drummer and trying find out how mix drums like they do on jazz/fusion albums - this missed the mark a little for me. There are still some little tricks that weren’t in other mixing vids and obv the mixing of other instruments was ok. But others may disagree. I don’t regret buying it.


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Nyj
Submitted 1 year ago

As usual, Kenny rules

Another excellent series. Even if you've watched all the other mixing tutorials he does, he still reveals a few little tips or tricks you didn't know. Seriously good value.

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


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Lou
Submitted 2 years ago

Very good!

wish there was more instruments for him to mix and pan though.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Audio Engineer, Pro Tools


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Jim
Submitted 2 years ago

Nice Job

Kenny again demonstrates his extraordinary competence at the console. I found myself arguing with some of his choices in this mix, yet in the end having to say "Well Done!"

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Pro Tools


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Enyakb
Submitted 1 year ago

Being honest - it’s ok

I first got the how to mix drums in logic x. That was amazing. As a drummer and trying find out how mix drums like they do on jazz/fusion albums - this missed the mark a little for me. There are still some little tricks that weren’t in other mixing vids and obv the mixing of other instruments was ok. But others may disagree. I don’t regret buying it.

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Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
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Nyj
Submitted 1 year ago

As usual, Kenny rules

Another excellent series. Even if you've watched all the other mixing tutorials he does, he still reveals a few little tips or tricks you didn't know. Seriously good value.

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

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Lou
Submitted 2 years ago

Very good!

wish there was more instruments for him to mix and pan though.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Audio Engineer, Pro Tools

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Jim
Submitted 2 years ago

Nice Job

Kenny again demonstrates his extraordinary competence at the console. I found myself arguing with some of his choices in this mix, yet in the end having to say "Well Done!"

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Pro Tools

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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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    Delay Explained

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Mixing Jazz Fusion is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 4 .
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Being honest - it’s ok I first got the how to mix drums in logic x. That was amazing. As a drummer and trying find out how mix drums like they do on jazz/fusion albums - this missed the mark a little for me. There are still some little tricks that weren’t in other mixing vids and obv the mixing of other instruments was ok. But others may disagree. I don’t regret buying it.
Date published: 2018-07-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from As usual, Kenny rules Another excellent series. Even if you've watched all the other mixing tutorials he does, he still reveals a few little tips or tricks you didn't know. Seriously good value.
Date published: 2018-04-19
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very good! wish there was more instruments for him to mix and pan though.
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Nice Job Kenny again demonstrates his extraordinary competence at the console. I found myself arguing with some of his choices in this mix, yet in the end having to say "Well Done!"
Date published: 2017-04-30
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