Kenny Gioia introduces this series of videos where he will go through the process of mixing a song from beginning to end.
Importing & Creating a Rough Mix Pt. 114:50
The series starts with Kenny importing tracks into his session and start organizing with naming tracks and starting a rough mix.
Importing & Creating a Rough Mix Pt. 217:54
Kenny continues his rough mix and his ‘riding the fader’ technique to get things started.
Importing & Creating a Rough Mix Pt. 314:22
In this video, the drums get reordered, renamed, and rough levels are set.
Importing & Creating a Rough Mix Pt. 421:58
Kenny finishes up the rough mix of the drums and starts to organize and set faders for the vocals.
Organizing & Trimming16:53
Now it’s time to move on to arrangement and organization including trimming dead space from each track.
Adding Color to the Tracks5:21
Once the tracks are arranged and rough levels are set, Kenny starts color coding the tracks.
Master Buss Processing19:17
Now Kenny moves on to adding effects to the master bus.
Now it’s time to start working on individual tracks and because of how this song is starting to sound, Kenny decides to start with the kick drum.
Moving on to the snare, Kenny works to not only make it sound it’s best but also to blend well with the kick.
In this video, Kenny starts working on the remaining percussion tracks.
Moving on, the bass is worked on next.
Basic Vocal Sound11:41
For this next video, Kenny works on a basic vocal sound so he can get a nice rough blend with the other instruments.
Back to the instruments, Kenny starts to work on the acoustic guitars.
Here, Kenny moves on to the electric guitars.
Kenny starts making the guitar solo and the reverse guitar fit into the evolving mix.
Kenny notices a difference in sound for the kick during the solo so he works on that, then moves on to making the keyboard tracks blend with the song.
Time to work on vocal effects tracks.
Markers or Regions9:24
Now is a good time to add markers to make it easier to jump to various parts of the song.
Background Vocals Pt. 17:57
Kenny starts working on background vocals.
Background Vocals Pt. 213:19
Here Kenny moves on to the higher pitch background vocals.
Verse Lead Vocals Pt. 112:13
Kenny’s goal here is to make the lead vocals sound good in a static mix.
Verse Lead Vocals Pt. 213:42
Continuing with the lead vocal, Kenny moves on to the second verse.
Chorus Lead Vocals15:30
Next, Kenny starts the chorus lead vocals.
Double Vocals & Throws9:50
Once the verse and chorus leads start sounding right, it’s time to work on the double vocal and vocal throws.
Ad Lib Vocals19:24
Time for Kenny to work on the ad libs.
Kenny makes a few changes here and there to the vocals before moving on to the final mix.
Broad EQ Adjustments13:44
Before getting deep into mixing, Kenny likes to apply what he calls ‘Broad stroke EQ’.
Time to start making instruments pop by using automation with FX sweeps.
Lead Vocal Automation18:57
Now Kenny will ride the lead vocals for maximum effect.
Background Vocals & Throws Automation15:15
The main vocals are done for the most part so here Kenny puts the final tweaks on the Background vocals.
Chopped Vocal & Guitar Solo15:31
Kenny automates the chop vocal and guitar solo to really make them stand out in the mix.
Now it’s time for Kenny to ride the automation for the guitars and make them sound great in the mix.
Here Kenny uses automation on the keyboards to help them find their own space in the almost completed mix.
Final 2 Busses & Fade Tweaks13:42
Almost done with the mix, Kenny tweaks the sounds for the final 2 bus and fades.
Final Mix Playthrough3:17
Listen to Kenny’s final mix uninterrupted.
Platinum producer / engineer Kenny Gioia returns with his most in-depth video series yet. Follow along with Kenny as he mixes a complete song from beginning to end, leaving NOTHING out. At over 8 hours long, you’ll hear and see Kenny’s every move, including the mistakes, thought processes, and ultimately all his secrets for getting a pro mix!
Even better, Kenny has included the all the raw audio files to import into your own DAW. Now you can do what Kenny is doing in real-time, enabling you to gain a deeper understanding of the professional mix process. You can then apply your new knowledge to your own songs and productions, and get better sounding tracks fast.
See the individual tutorial descriptions below for more info. If you want to know what it takes to craft a professional mix, including all the pitfalls and solutions, this is the series to watch. Checkout “Mixing in Reel Time” now!
Submitted 2 months ago
Interesting techniques...but some of them are very iffy.
I generally like all of the tutorials by Kenny, but this is my least favorite. First, I definitely would NOT start a mix using 4 compressors on the main bus. That seems a bit like choosing spices for a dish you're cooking, before you know what's for dinner. (Yes, I know that he worked on a rough mix first...but still!) Also, there's some artificial noise in the mix , which is intentional, for effect, in the song. However, this noise really ruins the ability to truly assess the effect of the plugins being used on MANY occasions. Sorry Kenny- I think you're great, usually, but there's a lot here that I can't buy in to.
I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Sound Designer
Response from Customer Service:
I am very sorry you did not agree with all of the techniques in this tutorial but that is the purpose of our different mix videos. They will show paths and techniques that you may not have thought of or use in your own mixes. Over time, you may decide to try some of these ideas and change your own mixing style!
Submitted 4 months ago
The only Mixing course you'll need
I really love this one! Really respect and honour Kenny for showing everything from start to finish! Such a game changer on how I approach mixing! Recommend it for everyone!
I am a: Semi-Pro, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Ableton Live, Reaper
Submitted 4 months ago
Kenny Gioia as usual!
Very helpful, interesting, very understandable!
I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Ableton Live, Reaper
Submitted 5 months ago
thanks kenny !
I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, FL Studio, Reaper
Submitted 5 months ago
Awesome Tutorial by Kenny!
As always with Kenny Gioia's other instruction, if you are a Reaper user or want to try and get to know what Reaper has to offer compared to other DAWs, I do not think there is any better instruction out there. But that is not all you get. Its a whole mindset about how to mix in general. Mixbus compression, automation, metering, its all in here... Kenny is awesome...
I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Mastering Facility, Ableton Live, Cubase, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Reason, Reaper
Submitted 6 months ago
A very informative and helpful video for any DAW user.
I am a Cakewalk Sonar user and I can truly say that I can apply everything I have learned here from Kenneth Goia toward working in Sonar Platinum to make my mixes sound 100% better. Thanks Groove3 ! This video came as part of a 5 video pack deal.
I am a: Hobbyist, Audio Engineer, Cakewalk Sonar
Submitted 6 months ago
Very well explained
Great for those who are starting in this mixing world, you'll see all the details
I am a: Student, Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Mastering Facility, Sound for Film/TV, Cubase
Submitted 7 months ago
Kenny is truly a master teacher. I commute to work on a train most days and I find myself wanting the ride to take longer and longer just so I can keep watching. I'm half way through my third pass and I keep picking up more and more each time.
I am a: Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Reaper
Submitted 8 months ago
It was good
I learned a lot from it
Submitted 8 months ago
What can I say?
Kenny is one of those very rare teachers that can communicate all the fine details of his subject without ever getting tedious or laborious - I'm not sure how he does this... It is clearly an innate talent he has, combined with a deep knowledge of the inspired creative software he presents. Always demonstrating clear, precise and logical steps for every function in Reaper with an easy listening - vocal lilt. I've been listening to Kenny everyday lately as I transition from Pro fools to Reaper - now my preferred DAW. Much Gratitude to you Mr Gioia
I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Sound for Film/TV, Cubase, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Reaper
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