Mixing Tutorial

Mixing Synths Explained®

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  • Fixing Harshness on Synths 14:51

    Fixing Harshness on Synths

    Learn how to reduce harshness and resonances on synth patches though the use of EQ. After taming the harsh frequencies, you can add back in clarity and detail with a harmonic exciter.

  • Thickening Up Synths with Saturation 14:00

    Thickening Up Synths with Saturation

    In this video, Thomas demonstrates how synths can be enhanced though saturation and distortion. This allows for fuller sounding synth patches and gives you the ability to better sculpt the frequency content to help them best fit into a track.

  • Making More Polished Synths 11:13

    Making More Polished Synths

    Discover how to adjust your synth patches to get more out of the sound before using effects and processing. This creates much cleaner sounding synths and makes your entire mix feel more balanced.

  • Compressing Synths 15:14

    Compressing Synths

    Learn how extreme parallel compression can be used to create synths that are fuller and more balanced. Thomas also shows how compressors can be used to sculpt the transients of a synth bass.

  • EQ-ing Synths 9:36

    EQ-ing Synths

    Explore how to best use EQ when sculpting your synth sounds. This process can be split into two segments: a general sound sculpting phase and then a more surgical approach, in which individual ranges are fixed via cutting or boosting frequencies.

  • Adding Width to Synths 12:12

    Adding Width to Synths

    In this video, Thomas covers various ways of adding width to synth patches. This creates parts in your mixes that are more engaging for the listener and fill out the stereo spectrum.

  • Mixing Synth Delays 10:07

    Mixing Synth Delays

    Next, learn how delay can be used in a different way to add stereo width, fullness, and detuning to a synth patch. This lets you create depth in your mixes without washing out sounds using reverb.

  • Mixing Synth Reverb 11:51

    Mixing Synth Reverb

    Finally, Thomas shows how reverb can be setup to add lush stereo wideness to a synth part. Learn also how reverb can be used as a melodic and compositional element in a production though the use of granular and pitch shifting reverbs.

Product Overview

Synth pro Thomas Cochran presents a series of comprehensive video tutorials on mixing synths! If you've struggled with flat, lifeless synth sounds that don't sit nicely in the mix, this video series will show you step-by-step how to do it. In this course, Thomas lays out a myriad of strategies to deal with common issues, including harshness, lack of clarity, and lifeless tone, among many others. Each strategy is illustrated with revealing audio examples so you can hear these concepts in a musical context. These videos are for novice mixing engineers.

Thomas welcomes you and begins with the all-important topic of EQ, explaining how it can be used to tame the harshness that's common in some VST synths. He also illustrates how a harmonic exciter can be creatively used after the EQ to help restore any detail or clarity that may have been lost in the EQ stage.

Next, discover how to enhance certain synth tones with saturation and distortion, lending weight and character to dull or lifeless sounds. You'll also learn how to adjust the patches on your synths from the get-go, assuring that you'll be working with the best possible sound before applying any effects or other processing.

Throughout the rest of the course, you'll learn many more valuable tips, such as using parallel compression to fatten up tones or shape transients, specific EQ treatments for various sounds, adding width to synth tracks, and using delays and reverbs for creating depth and space!

Throughout the videos Thomas uses the following 3rd party plug-ins, but the info can be applied to virtually any plug-in equivalent:

3rd Party Plug-Ins Used in Videos:
Soundtoys Devil Loc
Soundtoys Micro Shift
Brainworx HG-2
FabFilter Pro Q 2
Soundtoys Sie-Q
Neutron's Harmonic Exciter
Valhalla Super Massive (Free plugin)

To see what these in-depth mixing tutorials show you, and how they will transform your synth mixes from lackluster to polished gems, see the individual Mixing Synths Explained video tutorial descriptions on this page. Make your synth sounds shine and shake today... Watch “Mixing Synths Explained®” now!

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