Mixing Tutorial

Mixing Jazz Fusion

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  • Introduction 6:06


    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.

  • Organizing the Session 13:16

    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.

  • Rough Mix 12:41

    Rough Mix

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

  • Basic Drum Sound & Overheads 5:31

    Basic Drum Sound & Overheads

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

  • Drum Room Mics 6:35

    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.

  • Kick Drum 13:01

    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.

  • Snare Drum 5:14

    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.

  • Drum Buss Parallel Compression 6:22

    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.

  • The Bass Sound 10:53

    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.

  • Guitar Rhythm 9:05

    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.

  • Guitar Head 8:02

    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.

  • Sax 12:28


    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.

  • Guitar Chords 6:39

    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.

  • Guitar Solo 10:02

    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.

  • Fender Rhodes (Roland Space Echo) 11:57

    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.

  • Automation - Master FX 12:50

    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.

  • Final Mix 2:59

    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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