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    Introduction (3:25)


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    Importing & Creating a Rough Mix Pt. 1 (14:50)


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    Importing & Creating a Rough Mix Pt. 2 (17:54)


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    Importing & Creating a Rough Mix Pt. 3 (14:22)


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    Importing & Creating a Rough Mix Pt. 4 (21:58)


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    Organizing & Trimming (16:53)


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    Adding Color to the Tracks (5:21)


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    Master Buss Processing (19:17)


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    Kick Drums (9:28)


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    Snare Drums (8:35)


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    Percussion (17:26)


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    Bass Tracks (10:44)


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    Basic Vocal Sound (11:41)


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    Acoustic Guitars (11:18)


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    Electric Guitars (21:21)


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    Guitar Solo (10:30)


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    Keyboards (21:40)


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    Vocal Effects (10:15)


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    Markers or Regions (9:24)


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    Background Vocals Pt. 1 (7:57)


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    Background Vocals Pt. 2 (13:19)


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    Verse Lead Vocals Pt. 1 (12:13)


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    Verse Lead Vocals Pt. 2 (13:42)


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    Chorus Lead Vocals (15:30)


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    Double Vocals & Throws (9:50)


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    Ad Lib Vocals (19:24)


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    Misc. Changes (6:57)


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    Broad EQ Adjustments (13:44)


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    FX Sweeps (9:51)


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    Lead Vocal Automation (18:57)


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    Background Vocals & Throws Automation (15:15)


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    Chopped Vocal & Guitar Solo (15:31)


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    Guitar Rides (20:09)


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    Keyboard Rides (14:10)


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    Final 2 Busses & Fade Tweaks (13:42)


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    Final Mix Playthrough (3:17)


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!


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DBO
Submitted 7 months ago

Absolutely solid.

This tutorial goes on for a long time, but it shows everything in detail.

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Gypsysinger
Submitted 7 months ago

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.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Reaper

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Akmonster
Submitted 10 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:

Hello and thank you for your review! We appreciate you taking the time.
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!
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Daniel515129
Submitted 1 year 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

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dasegi
Submitted 1 year ago

Kenny Gioia as usual!

Very helpful, interesting, very understandable!

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Ableton Live, Reaper

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shirshak
Submitted 1 year ago

very helpful

thanks kenny !

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, FL Studio, Reaper

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Namin Nooman
Submitted 1 year 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

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ErnieD
Submitted 1 year 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

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Danielology
Submitted 1 year 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

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KenM
Submitted 1 year ago

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.

I am a: Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Reaper

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I've played an instrument since I was 10. Drums and Trumpet. I'm 40 now. I can play a little bit of any instrument. Master of none. Rock bands most of my life.

2. What training have you had?

I was taught trumpet classically from grade school up until I graduated high school. I went to Five Towns College for engineering and learned that you can't just learn this stuff from school. I did graduate though.

3. When did you get into recording?

I've been recording since I was 15. Two cassette players wired to a Radio Shack mixer. Eventually I got an 8 track reel to reel by Fostex. I've used just about every DAW and I started using them before they even recorded audio. Vision and Performer were just MIDI sequencers at the time. Before they became Studio Vision and Digital Performer. I got studio jobs because I knew computer MIDI and most studios didn't. I eventually moved up to Sound Tools which was two track. Then Pro Tools made a Audio Media III card which let you have 4 inputs. Gradually I moved up from there with Pro Tools D24, Pro Tools Mix to HD.

4. People you have worked with/for?

Marcy Playground
Mandy Moore
LFO
Willa Ford
Lee Ann Womack
Paulina Rubio
Hall & Oates
Bayside
Head Automatica
Cute is What We Aim For
FTSK
and many more...

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Hmmm. My Mom always said "Self Praise Stinks". I think it's because I have no ability to talk like a professional announcer, or plan out my teachings. So I teach as if you were sitting next to me. Pretty much off the cuff. I think that engages people more. We're so used to hearing everything done so properly and planned out with unnecessary explanations and proper wording that the brain will actually ignore most of it. Your brain tunes it out like you're back at your desk at school. But if the teacher grabbed you aside and just explained it to you, I believe you'd get more out of it. That is what I try to do.

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    Delay Explained

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    First Song with REAPER

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    Platinum producer / engineer Kenny Gioia now reveals a day in the life of a mix engineer, mixing a song from beginning to end, and how to handle all the common problems you'll encounter on your way to that perfect mix. You even get the session files so you can mix along in your DAW and see and hear the results in real-time!

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Mixing in Reel Time is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 39 .
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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