FabFilter Tutorial

Mixing with FabFilter Plug-Ins

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    Tutorial 1

    Preparing the Mix Pt. 1

    11:06

    In this video, Larry discusses creating a vision for the mix and making sure you have a clear idea as well as setting the correct gain staging, color coding, grouping and bussing.

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    Tutorial 2

    Preparing the Mix Pt. 2

    9:17

    Larry evaluates the tracks and removes plosives from vocals using Logic X?s region processing function.

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    Tutorial 3

    Levels & Panning

    20:17

    In this video, Larry sets the overall levels of the mix and pan positions.

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    Tutorial 4

    Filtering & Subtractive EQ Pt. 1

    7:06

    Larry uses Pro-Q 2 to remove high and low frequencies from sounds to focus them and ensure the correct sounds occupy the correct space.

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    Tutorial 5

    Filtering & Subtractive EQ Pt. 2

    20:34

    Larry picks up where he left off in the last video and increases the size and depth of the mix.

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    Tutorial 6

    Filtering & Subtractive EQ Pt. 3

    14:25

    Larry finishes up the filtering and subtractive EQ.

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    Tutorial 7

    Compression Pt. 1

    11:09

    Larry uses functional compression using Pro-C 2 to tame unruly peaks. He explores using fast attack and release times and using the ratio and threshold to dial in the correct amount of gain reduction.

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    Tutorial 8

    Compression Pt. 2 - Layered Compression

    13:27

    In this video, Larry layers compressors to increase solidity and get the most out of his sounds.

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    Tutorial 9

    Compression Pt. 3 - Positional Compression

    18:23

    Positional Compression - Larry uses fast and slow attacks to help position sounds in the front/back perspective. He also shows how to use musical release times to create groove movement in the mix.

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    Tutorial 10

    Additive EQ & Harmonic Saturation Pt. 1

    10:11

    Using Pro-Q 2, Larry pushes sounds so they reach out of the speakers or sink back in the speakers. He then creates separation between elements using additive EQ ans uses Saturn to drive certain frequency ranges to increase density.

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    Tutorial 11

    Additive EQ & Harmonic Saturation Pt. 2

    18:41

    Larry picks up where he ledt off in the last video and uses Saturn to drive certain frequency ranges to increase density.

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    Tutorial 12

    Spatial Effects Pt. 1

    9:16

    Larry explores early reflections and other ways of adding spatial effects and discusses compressing reverb returns.

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    Tutorial 13

    Spatial Effects Pt. 2

    14:49

    Larry continues where he left off in the last video and continues exploring spatial effects.

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    Tutorial 14

    Spatial Doubling Effects

    5:15

    Larry creates pseudo harmonies and tracked vocals using stock Logic plug-ins.

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    Tutorial 15

    Reverb Pt. 1

    14:25

    In this video, Larry uses Pro-R to add a sense of space to the mix. He also creates the front back perspective using verb and adding effects to accentuate this effect.

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    Tutorial 16

    Reverb Pt. 2

    13:41

    Larry Continues the process from the last video for all instruments in the mix.

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    Tutorial 17

    De-Essing

    6:27

    Larry uses Pro-DS to tame sibilant sounds. He also uses Pro-DS going into effects chains.

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    Tutorial 18

    Parallel Compression & Saturation Pt. 1

    11:08

    In this video, Larry pumps up the mix using heavy compression and saturation using Pro-C 2 and Saturn in parallel. He then EQs these parallel chains using Pro-Q 2 to add density to certain frequency areas.

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    Tutorial 19

    Parallel Compression & Saturation Pt. 2

    9:26

    Larry coninues from the point he left off in the last video.

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    Tutorial 20

    Automation

    13:34

    Larry automates the mix elements so that everything has space to breathe and he keeps the listeners focus clearly.

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    Tutorial 21

    Mix Stem Processing

    14:30

    In this video, Larry uses groove enhancing compression to draw the most amount of juice out of the mix stems using Pro-C 2.

In these in-depth video tutorials, studio pro Larry Holcombe shows you how to use FabFilter's amazing plug-ins to mix a track from start to finish. Shot in Logic Pro X, the information is applicable to any DAW and will show you how to use FabFilter plug-ins effectively and creatively.

Larry starts off by welcoming you and sets the stage for the video series, outlining what to expect, and gives you a play through of the cool 80's inspired song that will be mixed.

Larry then jumps in and covers important topics such as how to prepare your song for mixing, and setting levels and panning. He then gets into filtering and additive EQ, followed by different kinds of compression techniques.

Using spatial effects, doubling backing vocals, reverb and saturation in the mix are then all demonstrated using FabFilter plug-ins including Pro-Q 2, Pro-C, Pro-R, Pro-DS and others!

Automation and Mix Stem Processing are then shown, wrapping up the series and producing a professional mix that you can be proud of.

See the individual tutorial descriptions below for more info. If you're thinking about getting FabFilter plug-ins and want to see them in action before you buy, or have them and want a better understanding of how to use them in a real-world mix, this is the video series for you. Watch "Mixing with FabFilter Plug-Ins" today!

SamuelMantode
Submitted 5 months ago

Nothing but the best

I cannot get enough of this training. The way of explanation, the workflow and the overall vibe is so good. Most importantly, it is not just hollow tutorial following blind rules. It is practical approach and the result is quite evident in the finished mix. Great job!!

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chrILL
Submitted 9 months ago

Outstanding Tutorial

This tutorial is one of the best out there by far for mixing. Not only does he show you how to use the Plug ins he goes into explanation in why he is doing his mixing choices. You do not even have to use the plug ins mentioned in the video rather any plugin will work (although I also Fabfilter.) The instructor shows how even the smallest mixing practices are usually the secret to a solid, polished track. Excellent for anyone just starting out or seasoned pros who want to refine their knowledge.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Professional, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Studio One

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SFAP
Submitted 9 months ago

Poor video

Too much talking and minimal reference to FabFilter

I am a: Semi-Pro

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Redpony
Submitted 9 months ago

Useful Info

The tutorials on using compression are very helpful.

I am a: Musician, Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Pro Tools


JAYESON
Submitted 9 months ago

Best of all the many Groove 3 videos i've seen by a mile!! 5 out of 5

By far the best video I have seen in Groove 3. Larry Holcombe is a master of Logic and production. Everything is explained brilliantly with no unneeded fluff. Please , please please, ----let's get Larry onboard for more tutorials. And many thanks!

I am a: Sound for Film/TV

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DoNotShakeorPuncture
Submitted 9 months ago

Awesome!

The best tutorial I have watched on Groove3

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Logic Pro

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I learnt the trumpet and piano around age 12 and then guitar a couple of years later. I played in a few indie bands for a few years until I discovered the turntables and Dj'ing. I then swapped the guitar for the synthesizer and the stage for the Dj booth and the rest is history!

2. What training have you had?

I completed a diploma in sound engineering and music technology from islington Music Workshop in London. I am also level 1 certified in Logic. The most important training I have received though is sitting for hours on end at my studio making music!

3. When did you get into recording?

Recording demos for the indie bands I mentioned earlier. Then recording vocals for my tracks as DEF inc. and laterally Rebel Sonix. I also worked in London studio Rollover in around 2005.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I've remixed Coldplay, Kylie, Roots Manuva and John B. Labels I have released on include Parlaphone, EMI, Fingerlickin, Eight Fx, Quantum, Botchit and Scarper amongst others. I have composed music for Sony Playstation games, Sky tv, J&B Whiskey, Lexus cars and the BBC to name a few. I have produced online tutorial videos and have had a 1 hour production video in Music Techs magazines cover DVD. I have also Dj'ed at events such as Glastonbury festival and Miami WMC and touring extensively all over the world.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Well hopefully I have a clear and concise training method mixed with a serious passion for making music. I have previously worked for Apple teaching Logic and also regularly lecture on Logic and electronic music production. I also teach the Ministry of Sound DJ academy in London which involves teaching an introduction to Djing as well as in depth seminars on using NI's Traktor and also Serato Scratch Live. As a producer making cutting edge electronic music, I have to remain at the forefront of new sounds and production techniques. I mix my time between different areas of the music industry - production, remixing, DJing and also teaching which allows me to develop all those skills simultaneously - so I can improve my teaching ability whilst also continuing to develop as a producer (something which you never stop doing!)

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Mixing with FabFilter Plug-Ins is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 6.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Nothing but the best I cannot get enough of this training. The way of explanation, the workflow and the overall vibe is so good. Most importantly, it is not just hollow tutorial following blind rules. It is practical approach and the result is quite evident in the finished mix. Great job!!
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 0.5 out of 5 by from Poor video Too much talking and minimal reference to FabFilter
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Outstanding Tutorial This tutorial is one of the best out there by far for mixing. Not only does he show you how to use the Plug ins he goes into explanation in why he is doing his mixing choices. You do not even have to use the plug ins mentioned in the video rather any plugin will work (although I also Fabfilter.) The instructor shows how even the smallest mixing practices are usually the secret to a solid, polished track. Excellent for anyone just starting out or seasoned pros who want to refine their knowledge.
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Useful Info The tutorials on using compression are very helpful.
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Awesome! The best tutorial I have watched on Groove3
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Best of all the many Groove 3 videos i've seen by a mile!! 5 out of 5 By far the best video I have seen in Groove 3. Larry Holcombe is a master of Logic and production. Everything is explained brilliantly with no unneeded fluff. Please , please please, ----let's get Larry onboard for more tutorials. And many thanks!
Date published: 2017-05-21