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    Kenny Gioia introduces this series of videos where he will go through the process of mixing a song from beginning to end.

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    Importing & Creating a Rough Mix Pt. 1

    The series starts with Kenny importing tracks into his session and start organizing with naming tracks and starting a rough mix.

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    Importing & Creating a Rough Mix Pt. 2

    Kenny continues his rough mix and his ‘riding the fader’ technique to get things started.

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    Importing & Creating a Rough Mix Pt. 3

    In this video, the drums get reordered, renamed, and rough levels are set.

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    Importing & Creating a Rough Mix Pt. 4

    Kenny finishes up the rough mix of the drums and starts to organize and set faders for the vocals.

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    Organizing & Trimming

    Now it’s time to move on to arrangement and organization including trimming dead space from each track.

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    Adding Color to the Tracks

    Once the tracks are arranged and rough levels are set, Kenny starts color coding the tracks.

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    Master Buss Processing

    Now Kenny moves on to adding effects to the master bus.

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    Kick Drums

    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.

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    Snare Drums

    Moving on to the snare, Kenny works to not only make it sound it’s best but also to blend well with the kick.

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    In this video, Kenny starts working on the remaining percussion tracks.

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    Bass Tracks

    Moving on, the bass is worked on next.

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    Basic Vocal Sound

    For this next video, Kenny works on a basic vocal sound so he can get a nice rough blend with the other instruments.

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    Acoustic Guitars

    Back to the instruments, Kenny starts to work on the acoustic guitars.

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    Electric Guitars

    Here, Kenny moves on to the electric guitars.

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    Guitar Solo

    Kenny starts making the guitar solo and the reverse guitar fit into the evolving mix.

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    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.

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    Vocal Effects

    Time to work on vocal effects tracks.

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    Markers or Regions

    Now is a good time to add markers to make it easier to jump to various parts of the song.

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    Background Vocals Pt. 1

    Kenny starts working on background vocals.

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    Background Vocals Pt. 2

    Here Kenny moves on to the higher pitch background vocals.

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    Verse Lead Vocals Pt. 1

    Kenny’s goal here is to make the lead vocals sound good in a static mix.

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    Verse Lead Vocals Pt. 2

    Continuing with the lead vocal, Kenny moves on to the second verse.

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    Chorus Lead Vocals

    Next, Kenny starts the chorus lead vocals.

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    Double Vocals & Throws

    Once the verse and chorus leads start sounding right, it’s time to work on the double vocal and vocal throws.

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    Ad Lib Vocals

    Time for Kenny to work on the ad libs.

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    Misc. Changes

    Kenny makes a few changes here and there to the vocals before moving on to the final mix.

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    Broad EQ Adjustments

    Before getting deep into mixing, Kenny likes to apply what he calls ‘Broad stroke EQ’.

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    FX Sweeps

    Time to start making instruments pop by using automation with FX sweeps.

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    Lead Vocal Automation

    Now Kenny will ride the lead vocals for maximum effect.

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    Background Vocals & Throws Automation

    The main vocals are done for the most part so here Kenny puts the final tweaks on the Background vocals.

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    Chopped Vocal & Guitar Solo

    Kenny automates the chop vocal and guitar solo to really make them stand out in the mix.

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    Guitar Rides

    Now it’s time for Kenny to ride the automation for the guitars and make them sound great in the mix.

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    Keyboard Rides

    Here Kenny uses automation on the keyboards to help them find their own space in the almost completed mix.

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    Final 2 Busses & Fade Tweaks

    Almost done with the mix, Kenny tweaks the sounds for the final 2 bus and fades.

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    Final Mix Playthrough

    Listen to Kenny’s final mix uninterrupted.

Product Overview

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.

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Mixing in Reel Time is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 46 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from I highly recommend Kenny's work. Nothing more to say other than what I have already said in the TITLE. I sincerely mean it.
Date published: 2021-07-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excelent tutorial on Mixing like a Pro! Really a good tutorial. Probably one of the best mixing tutorials out there.
Date published: 2020-12-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great stuff This is just amazing to me. It's what I needed to fill the gap between single wav files and a true song. Which is what music production is about, right? Beeing able to do it on my own by following what Kenny is doing is unvaluable.
Date published: 2020-12-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Advice and Tips!!!! Awesome instructions and guidance on how to get that professional sound. Thanks Kenny!!
Date published: 2020-09-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Love it! Most courses from other companies and tutorials on YouTube leave you feeling like you didn't get to see all the steps. In this course, Kenny does everything in real time. He's thorough, takes his time and explains his choices. Awesome.
Date published: 2020-02-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from All-Encompassing Mixing Course This course by Kenny Gioia is truly top-notch. I never knew there was so much to be learned about mixing. Even though my genre is different than the Pop song he mixed in the course, there are plenty of techniques I can use in my own music. Don't hesitate to check this course out. You'll need years to learn the craft; luckily, Kenny will be right by your side to guide you along your way.
Date published: 2019-07-05
Rated 1.0 out of 5 by from Shows how but not why I really want to learn why you turn a knob this way or that but it he just states what he's doing which is pointless.
Date published: 2019-02-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Absolutely solid. This tutorial goes on for a long time, but it shows everything in detail.
Date published: 2018-04-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Having all the tracks while you mix along with Kenny is Brilliant!! As usual Kenny is Awesome! Such a brilliant resource for the Reaper community. His clear explanations of what he is hearing in the mix and then walking you through each detail, step by minute step is going to make mixing a lot easier for a lot of people. Also, thanks Kenny for NOT using a bunch of fancy plugins but rather showing people all you need are the basics. Oh and a shoutout to the writer/arranger of Hair Down. It's a pleasure to mix something where all the tracks are actually adding something to the mix.
Date published: 2018-03-31
Rated 2.5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from 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!
Date published: 2017-11-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Kenny Gioia as usual! Very helpful, interesting, very understandable!
Date published: 2017-10-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from very helpful thanks kenny !
Date published: 2017-10-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from 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...
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very well explained Great for those who are starting in this mixing world, you'll see all the details
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Addicting 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.
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from It was good I learned a lot from it
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from 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
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Gioia is the BEST !!! Made pretty simple like Kindergarten
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Amazing tutorial! This was one of my best investments in the music world! A true and very complete tut about mixing and the best DAW REAPER. A big thanks to Kenny Gioia.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from The tutorials are very helpful and nicely detailed. The tutorials are well narrated and easy to understand. The prices however I feel are a little too much and you should work on more offers on these bindles.
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Just jumping in!... Reallly value in these trainings
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from A Difference Maker! Extremely helpful and professionally produced from start to finish. Many eye-opening tips & tricks that can can used on a daily basis for great sounding mixes. Kenny is easy to follow and makes learning new methods fun.
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from By far the greatest mixing tutorial out there. Title says it all.
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from As always, Kenny Gioia Rocks it Big fan of Kenny and his work. He has a way of showing exactly what you need to see in a very organized straight to the point manner. This is no exception. I pretty much bought a subscription to this website for Kenny's videos, thank you.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Excellent value for money Kenny's teaching method is clear and logical. His experience and knowledge is invaluable for those of us who have had minimal exposure to the world of music production.
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Video, It's done on a Reaper DAW. Great Place to help me learn my DAW and other items I've found videos for. Yeah!
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 2.5 out of 5 by from Interesting` i think there is some good workflow information in this tutorial, however i have some questions regarding the signal flow that seems to avoid bussing, & relies heavily on the 2 track compression that will just be switched off pre master. im well experienced but was surprised to have my mix of the track sounding larger than the video or final sample by the time i got to tutorial 8. If Groove3 would like an Austin born but australian engineer to run a course id be happy to take people into some details on processing that arent based on trial plugins ;) Res[ect
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from helpful Thans for the course love you
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent! I thought the course was pretty awesome. You'll learn a lot about Reaper and mixing in general. I picked up several tips and tricks that I have not seen in any other training. Kenny is awesome.
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from mixing in reel time This is one of the best videos i have seen to date. The knowledge and detailed walk-thrus it provides to the average person like myself is amazing. I am extremely happy with this information. Thank you.
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Mixing in Real Time Excellent & thought provoking. Just the right flow and commentary to work along side Kenny within your DAW of choice. Frankly, it's as if you are in the control room with Kenny as he's mixing the record.
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from A good test to see if you have the stamina to mix! What is good about this video is that you see every single step in real time-over 7 hour-in the process of mixing a single song, not just the highlights
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great tutorial ! A fantastic look at mixing from start to finish, Kenny was great as usual and as a Reaper user it gave me a lot of great info about that program too.
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Valuable It's important for useful video to show the mixers thought process and this video does that . I highly recommend this video!
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Another Great Mix Tut from Kenny! Kenny has always been one of my favorite engineers to learn from. I enjoy his passion for sharing his skills with others. His techniques really bring out the groove i this awesome song. Thanks again Kenny!
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great stuff Kenny Gioia is a very good Instruktor. His Tutorials are excellent!
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Awsome !!! This is really something else... To be able to sit through a complete mix performed by a pro is priceless. So that's how they do it!! Briljant !
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Every detail covered. Lots of details given so you can know what was done and why. Some of the details were too specific to Reaper DAW, but the point was clear anyway. I would have preferred that it would've been done in Pro Tools.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Nice video series This is a great practical mix guide. Watch a pro mix a song from start to finish.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Diamond! Kenny's come through again. His videos have improved my mixes and work flow by leaps and bounds. We get the files as well with his latest. One word. Awesome! Keep them coming Kenny. Do a R&B mixing tutorial please.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Awesome Video!! Awesome Job Kenny!! Makes me wonna try out reaper. Keep it up. I
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Kenny welcome back .., I missed you ! A much welcomed return of Kenny Gioia , who IMO has the best tuition style of all the presenters . I really hope to see more of Kenny on G3. I hope to see Kenny do an 'all new' detailed series on Pro Tools 12.7 which shows in detail the new features that have been added to Pro Tools that takes up where Kenny left off from his last Pro Tools series of videos.
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Dream tutorial Reaper is my DAW of choice, and this tutorial is *exactly* what I've been dying for. I recently got into mixing, having been a full time composer and sound designer for some time. So I sign up for Groove 3, and what do I find? Kenny Gioia doing a full mix, in Reaper, in real-time, with not a single step skipped. It's well-presented (I've been working through all his other tutorials and Kenny is legitimately amazing), and full of useful tips and shortcuts. Best of all, it uses a lot of stock plugins, which means anyone could download the fully functional trial version of Reaper and get started immediately. Seriously, what more could you want?
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 2.0 out of 5 by from Not my favorite... Kenny, first of all, I'm a big fan of all your tutorials. I understand you change your DAW from Protools to Reaper, that is fine... But in my opinion you should use more generic plug ins in general because most people don't use Reaper and its boring watching you adjusting Reaper's ugly plug ins and parameters that only that DAW use.
Date published: 2016-12-25
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