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Mixing Pop with UAD Plug-Ins

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    Introduction

    Get an overview of what will be covered, and hear some A/B comparisons between the unprocessed and the processed mix of the song used in the series.

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    Initial Playthrough

    Listen through to the song with a static unprocessed mix in place as the song structure, important elements, and mix concerns are identified.

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    The Master Bus

    Watch as Oxide Tape, Maag EQ, and SSL Bus Compression are set up to mix into on the master bus.

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    The Drum Loops

    The three drum loops each present their own challenges with regards to sitting in the mix. See how the Precision EQ is used to clean up problem areas on each. The 1176 SE Legacy compressor is used on the loop bus to tighten up the blend of the loops, and is followed with the Brainworx bx-digital v.2 in MS mode to bring out the congas and enhance the low end.

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    Electric Bass

    See how the Ampeg B15N is used to add character and control the bass VI part.

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    Reverb Return

    Watch as the Lexicon 224 is set up using the Vocal Plate algorithm. Separate decay times for bass and mid frequencies, along with pre-delay, are timed to the song tempo.

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    Delay Return

    The EP-34 Tape Echo Echoplex emulation is set up as an effects return to add a loose flowing percolating feel to both the percussion and lead vocal.

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    The Secret Sauce!

    Follow along as automation is set up to pan the delays between left and right positions.

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    The Piano

    The Fairchild 670 is used to add character and attack to the acoustic piano part.

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    Verse Guitar

    The MXR Flanger-Doubler and LA-2A Gray processors are used to give a lustrous thick shimmering lush quality to this simple guitar part.

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    Chorus Guitars

    Hard panned supporting chords are each treated with different Massenburg EQ (MDWEQ5-3B) mid range boosts, before arriving at a bus treated with Fuchs Oevrdrive Supreme amp processing, Dytronics Cyclosonic Panner, and LA-3A compression. A third guitar part, playing fills between the vocal phrases, is then EQ???d separately before being fed to the same common bus.

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    Chorus Keys

    A doubled arpeggiated keyboard part is enhanced with the bx_digital V3 Mix and dbx 160 plug-ins.

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    Live Djembe

    A last minute multi tracked live djembe part is added to the arrangement. bx digital_v.2 and the Precision Multiband plug-ins are used to tame the lower mids and enhance the highs so they compliment the already lo mid heavy drum blend.

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    Guitar Solo

    The Korg SDD-3000 is put to work, not only for a nice slap back style delay and subtle modulation, but also for it's gain staging abilities to saturate the signal. This is followed by some additional saturation from Oxide Tape.

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    Bridge Guitars

    Several new guitar parts are added to help build the intensity in the bridge section, the climax of the song. Pre fader sends are set up to the The Fuchs Train ll and ENGL Savage 120 guitar amps, which are used in parallel to add a more aggressive, yet controlled, edge to the multiple guitar tracks.

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    End Guitars

    A final pair of guitar tracks are added for the last chorus and tag. They are processed in parallel, via pre fader sends, through Fender 55 Tweed Deluxe, followed by the Tonelux Tilt with its polarity inverted.

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    Lead Vocal

    A vocal processing chain including two compressors, an EQ, and tape plug-in, is put in in place to sweeten the lead vocal.

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    Lead Vocal Problem & Soloution

    See how the Oxford Dynamic EQ is used to compensate for the lead vocal frequency curve discrepancies resulting from microphone position and axis changes between different sessions.

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    Vocal Effect

    See how the Cooper Time Cube, along with some creative automation, is set up for a big vocal effect at the end of the bridge.

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    Background Vocals

    Hear how the grouped background vocals come to life with some warmth and air added via the Maag EQ 4 and Fairchild 670, as well as send automation to the vocal delay effect at the end of each section.

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    Automation = Emotion

    Hear how subtle volume and send automation is used to add impact and drama to the emotion of the song.

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    bx_masterdesk & the Final Playthrough

    Hear how bx_masterdek is set up and used as a "do no harm" mastering plug-in on there stereo output, and listen to a final play through of the full finished mix.

Product Overview


Eli Krantzberg brings you an in-depth video tutorial series all about mixing a Pop track with UAD Plug-Ins! See how to go from a dull, lifeless mix, into something amazing sounding and full of movement. You also get the tracks so you can mix and follow along on your own DAW.

Eli starts by welcoming you and goes over what will be covered, and then plays some A/B comparisons between the unprocessed and processed mix of the song used in the series, allowing you to hear what's really going on.

After a playthough of the mix with no processing applied, Eli hits the ground running starting with the Master Bus effects, including Oxide Tape, Maag EQ, and the SSL Bus Compression for a killer sounding master bus channel.

Then it's on to all the individual tracks including drums, bass, guitars, percussion, piano and more, and how to use a huge collection of UAD plug-ins to individually process each track into a finely polished gem.

Some of the UAD Plug-Ins used in the mix are:

Oxide Tape

Maag EQ

SSL Bus Compression

Precision EQ

1176 SE Legacy Compressor

Brainworx bx-digital

Ampeg B15N

Lexicon 224

EP-34 Tape Echo Echoplex

Fairchild 670

MXR Flanger-Doubler

LA-2A Gray Compressor

MDWEQ5-3B Massenburg EQ

Fuchs Overdrive Supreme

Dytronics Cyclosonic Panner

LA-3A Compressor

bx_digital V3 Mix

dbx 160 Compressor

Precision Multiband

Korg SDD-3000

Fuchs Train II

ENGL Savage 120

Fender 55 Tweed Deluxe

Tonelux Tilt

Maag EQ 4

Fairchild 670

bx_masterdesk

See and hear all of these in action throughout the videos with detailed explanations as to why and how they are used on their corresponding tracks.

You'll also see how Eli uses automation to create impact and add drama to the emotion of the song, as well as use a “do no harm” mastering plug-in on the stereo output for a polished, pro sound.

See the individual tutorial descriptions for more info. If you use UAD plug-ins and or mix Pop music, this video tutorial collection is a must see… Watch “Mixing Pop with UAD Plug-Ins” today!


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JulianG
Submitted 1 week ago

Not really current pop music

The music and mix are quite outdated. And even if you treat them as an older piece of music, the quality of both is not great,

I am a: Professional, Producer, Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Studio One


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JulianG
Submitted 1 week ago

Not really current pop music

The music and mix are quite outdated. And even if you treat them as an older piece of music, the quality of both is not great,

I am a: Professional, Producer, Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Studio One

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing drums in high school at age fourteen. Like most kids my age around then, I was into progressive rock. Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Yes. They rocked my world. A few short years later though, my musical life changed. While studying music in college I discovered Charlie Parker, Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, and John Coltrane. Milt Jackson spoke to me in such a profound way that it left me no choice but to take up vibraphone.

These great players, along with  drummers like Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Elvin Jones changed not only the way I thought about drumming, but also music - and by extension, life - as a whole. I realized life was meant to be a creative endeavor. The idea of improvising based on a loose set of guidelines and rules permeated into my psyche even when I wasn't holding a pair of drumsticks or mallets. But if I am going to be perfectly truthful, I have to hold Henry Miller and Woody Allen equally responsible for shaping the way I view and experience the world around me. 

2. What training have you had?

I am currently an Apple certified Logic Pro. Young and cocky, and armed with only a partial University degree, I dropped out of school and  began playing steady commercial hotel engagements and jazz gigs when I could. This went on for many years until I decided it was time to complete my degree - which I ultimately did with a major in Political Science and a minor in music. 

It was at this point that I formed my current band Nightshift. We are going in to our twenty third year now - playing commercial one nighters like weddings, corporate events, etc. Don't turn your nose up at it though - it has allowed me a wonderful quality of life. It gave me the freedom to go back to school and complete a post graduate degree in Communications Studies - all the while supporting myself by playing weddings.

3. When did you get into recording?

It was in this graduate program - in the early nineties - that I found myself drawn to the fledgling emerging universe of hard disc recording and midi sequencing. Based on nothing more than the recommendation of one of my band mates who had an old Atari, I jumped in head first and bought a Mac LC ll, along with a version 1.1 of what was then Notator Logic. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But, in hindsight, it was a decision of epic importance in my life - shaping my future as much as the music of Milt Jackson and Charlie Parker did fifteen years prior. 

I opened up my own commercial home studio in 1998 and began doing a variety of projects, working on radio jingles, artist CD projects, and whatever came my way. A couple of years later a colleague called me up - desperate. He was working at a post production house and one of the editors had just quit. They were doing audio post for a weekly TV series and needed a Pro Tools editor - and fast! And so, once again, I jumped in head first into what would ultimately open up my world even more - the world of Pro Tools. 

4. People you have worked with/for?

Focusing on Logic, I built up a small but loyal client base and my phone kept ringing for Logic tech support and instruction. Film composers and studio owners all over the city were calling me. Even the music stores were giving out my phone number at this point! This kind of stuff becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. The more of it you do, the more calls you get to keep doing it. At least that's the way it should be!

As my Logic chops kept growing, I was hired by an old buddy of mine, Len Sasso, who was then an associate editor at Electronic Musician magazine, and began writing some columns for them. I had a blast doing them - and really learned to focus and express my thoughts in a concise and clear manner. This lead to a collaboration with LA based composer Terry Michael Huud on the 2006 film called Civic Duty - which was certainly one of the highlights of my professional life as a composer. 

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I wake up every day excited to boot up, and create. Whether it's instructional videos, creating music, working with a studio client, performing with my band, or teaching at the schools - my days are filled with what I love doing. Enriched by the stimulation and creative freedom this modern music making software brings to my life. I bring that excitement and passion to each and every training product I create. My years of experience both using and teaching these programs has taught me the best way to make the user comfortable with these complex programs.

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Mixing Pop with UAD Plug-Ins is rated 2.3 out of 5 by 1 .
Rated 1.0 out of 5 by from Not really current pop music The music and mix are quite outdated. And even if you treat them as an older piece of music, the quality of both is not great,
Date published: 2019-05-16
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