Mixing Tutorial

Mixing with FabFilter Plug-Ins

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    Preparing the Mix Pt. 1

    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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    Preparing the Mix Pt. 2

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

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    Levels & Panning

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

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    Filtering & Subtractive EQ Pt. 1

    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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    Filtering & Subtractive EQ Pt. 2

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

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    Filtering & Subtractive EQ Pt. 3

    Larry finishes up the filtering and subtractive EQ.

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    Compression Pt. 1

    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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    Compression Pt. 2 - Layered Compression

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

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    Compression Pt. 3 - Positional Compression

    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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    Additive EQ & Harmonic Saturation Pt. 1

    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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    Additive EQ & Harmonic Saturation Pt. 2

    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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    Spatial Effects Pt. 1

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

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    Spatial Effects Pt. 2

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

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    Spatial Doubling Effects

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

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    Reverb Pt. 1

    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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    Reverb Pt. 2

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

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

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    Parallel Compression & Saturation Pt. 1

    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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    Parallel Compression & Saturation Pt. 2

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

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

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    Mix Stem Processing

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

Product Overview

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!

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Mixing with FabFilter Plug-Ins is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 16 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Brilliant course!! Loads of mixing gems Learnt so much and applying the techniques has really improved my mixes. Liked the way the instructor didn’t just focus on the plugins themselves but took us through the mix thinking process with loads of helpful mixing tips whilst making the most of the fabfilter plugins. Highly recommend the course.
Date published: 2021-05-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Extremely good concepts. A great lesson in gain staging This was a great learning for me. Great approach to mixing and getting the gist of how fabfilter plugins work. I would get the lesson just for the concepts even without fabfilter
Date published: 2021-01-09
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very detailed walkthrough of the mixdown process. I learned a ton. Larry's attention to detail and musicality is inspiring. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2020-11-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Best so far... Very informative and entertaining. I enjoyed it so much that I found the song he was mixing and bought it. Very mellow groove to this particular tutorial. I was able to watch from beginning to end and will watch it again and take notes next time. It is relatable to any DAW with similar plugins.
Date published: 2020-09-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from This is SO GOOD! It can be dreadfully difficult navigating the new music industry (the old is blown up, for better and for worse). I have been so blessed in my life to have crazy great engineers sitting in the chair next to me making me sound better than I am. They are no longer there. Larry is the perfect muse for all of the rest of us who hear something in our heads but haven't the first clue what knobs to twist or faders to pull to release those sounds. What I love about his process is he is always engineering and instructing with the purpose of releasing the heart of the song in a musical way. And Fab Filter should be very happy he did this series. After watching these videos I want to buy everything they sell...
Date published: 2020-07-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very high quality course I’m really impressed with this mixing course. The instructor clearly knows their subject matter and is clear and concise in explaining their methods. There’s a lot of material covered in the course most of which is applicable to any DAW or set of plugins. I particular enjoyed the focus on front-to-back placement (and the multiple techniques for placing tracks on a soundstage).
Date published: 2020-02-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from I've watched three videos, and it earns 5 stars... The compression segments changed everything. I am familiar with FF products. I love them. I came here to get more insight on the products, but in the compression videos, I ended up learning a general concept that I can't wait to try out. Larry is always great.
Date published: 2019-10-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from A lot more than just a plug-in review. I am so pleased with this video. First something is stressed here as to importance that, in my opinion, needs desperately to be more frequently addressed. It is the concept of getting a great front to back dimension in mixing. Too much music sounds flat these days with everything "in your face". Do I agree with each and every choice? Of course not. But the goal is stated at the beginning and is achieved. Well done. In fact if the project were started over by the same person, it might well be that some different choices would be made even to get nearly the same result. FabFilter plug-ins are the most musical on the market today and I learned a bit about a couple of the plug-ins that I don't have. There are some very clever methods of creating space in a three dimensional mix that I will definitely steal. The attention to detail is extremely professional and I would not have any trouble letting this man mix my songs. His thinking is very concise and goal oriented. It is hard to get a better course in mixing that this. Thank you Groove3 and Larry.
Date published: 2019-08-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful Highly impressed. This course has assisted me tremendously in furthering my skills in Mixing. When one considers depth, height, width and balance, this course has encouraged me to improve my Mixing skills. Thank you Groove 3.
Date published: 2019-03-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from You'll learn how to mix! I'm a beginner, so this course was excellent for me, since the teacher not only uses fabfilter plugins, he do it in a complete mix session!
Date published: 2018-10-11
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
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