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Mixing with Neutron 3

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    Initial Mix Balance with Mix Assistant

    In this video, we use Relay plug-ins on every track alongside the Visual Mixer to utilize the new Mix Assistant feature to set a good balance focused around the vocal. We also investigate panning in the Visual Mixer to set our left/right balance as well.

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    Tweaking Mix Balance Using the Visual Mixer

    See how you can use the Visual Mixer to tweak the balance created by the Mix Assistant. We discuss altering volume, pan and stereo width settings of individual sounds and also using Snapshots to audition different mix settings.

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    Basic Gating with Neutron 3

    In this video, we use Neutron 3's amazing Gate Module to clean up the kick, reduce the sustain of the snare body and try out tightening up the drum loop.

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    Subtractive EQ with Neutron 3 Pt. 1

    Learn how to use Neutron 3's Equalizer plug-in to help bring into focus the frequencies of our Kick and Snare sounds. We also offer an explanation of the importance of subtractive EQ.

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    Subtractive EQ with Neutron 3 Pt. 2

    Continuing on, explore Neutron 3's Equalizer to remove unwanted frequencies and enhance the separation of the sounds in the mix.

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    Basic Compression Pt. 1

    In this video, we start off by organizing our sounds into busses and then apply Neutron 3's Compressor to the drums to allow them to sit back in the mix slightly.

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    Basic Compression Pt. 2

    We continue the process by applying Neutron 3's Compressor to other mix elements, allowing us to stage sounds front to back. This creates a nice 3D space with front back separation enhanced.

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    The Sculptor Module

    In this video we apply Sculptor to de-harsh our guitars and enhance our bass sound. We outline how you can use this plug-in to make sounds in your mix the "best version of themselves."

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    Using the Track Enhance Feature

    See how to apply the new Track Enhance Feature to create a custom preset for the lead vocal and vocal harmonies. This allows the vocals to be brought out of the mix. We tweak the preset to sit correctly within the context of our mix.

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    The Masking Meter

    In this video, discover how to use the Masking Meter feature to add separation to the 2 guitar parts, helping them to individually stand out. We also EQ the harmony vocal against the lead vocal to again enhance the separation between the two sounds.

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    Building Channel Strips from Scratch

    Explore how to build a custom channel strip for the intro drum loop, including transient shaping to enhance the kick drum. We then go onto introduce sidechained dynamic compression on the bass triggered by the kick of the drum loop to increase clarity and headroom.

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    Harmonic Excitation

    In this video, we now apply Neutron 3's Exciter Module to tame transients in the mix and also increase thickness and vibrancy.

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    Parallel Processing with Neutron 3

    Discover how to use Neutron 3 in parallel to create an area of density for the musical parts in the mix which helps bring them out and add to the loudness of the track. This is done using a combination of EQ, Excitation, Compression and Sculptor.

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    Basic Master with Neutron 3

    In this final video, we use Neutron 3 to create a basic master with some gentle EQ, Sculptor, Saturation and Compression. Finally we use the Limiter feature to gently limit the mix to get a loud version to send out to labels etc.

Product Overview


Larry Holcombe brings you in-depth Neutron mix tutorials! Download the session files and mix along with Larry using these Neutron 3 videos to get a professional, polished sound for your tracks and productions. These Neutron mixing tutorials are perfect for those just starting out to mix with Neutron 3.

First, Larry shows you how to setup and use the Relay plug-in on every track, alongside the Visual Mixer and new Mix Assistant feature to set a good balance, focused around the vocal, followed by how to use the Visual Mixer to tweak the balance created by the Mix Assistant.

Next, you'll see how to dial in perfect Compression and EQ settings with Neutron 3, including using the Sculptor Module to de-harsh the guitars and enhance the bass sound. Moving on, Larry explains and explores using the Track Enhance and Masking Meter functions to better sit elements in the mix.

Wrapping it up, you'll learn how to build custom Neutron Channel Strips from scratch, use the Harmonic Excitation Module to tame transients in the mix and also increase thickness and vibrancy, utilize Parallel Processing for making a louder mix, and giving your mix a solid pre-master so you can send your songs and productions to labels and more!

To see what each Neutron mixing tutorial shows you and how they will help you to mix better with Neutron, see the individual Neutron mix tutorial descriptions on this page. If you're ready to start mixing with neutron 3, this series of Neutron mix videos will get you on your way to solid mixes... See how to make great mixes with Neutron, watch “Mixing with Neutron 3” today.

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Mixing with Neutron 3 is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 30 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Essential for learning Neutron 3 An easy way to learn what is what within Neutron 3.
Date published: 2021-03-22
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Excellent Great Tutorial. moves at the right pace , quite clear.
Date published: 2021-01-19
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from It was great to see Neutron 3 used in context It was great to see Neutron 3 not just Explained but in used in context. It was frustrating at times, because there were plenty of occasions where I could not tell any difference between bypassed and not bypassed, but I am willing to blame my ears for that.
Date published: 2021-01-18
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful Good details
Date published: 2020-12-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Everything you need to know about using Neutron 3 Whether beginner or advanced, this series has everything you need to know about getting the best results mixing with Neutron 3. The example track is a live recording but the concepts and techniques will translate regardless of genre and whether recording live or comping digital instruments/audio. The information on how to use Neutron 3 to get the best out of both individual instruments & groups of tracks, and how to use it to master is something I can see myself coming back to time and time again. Thorough series, great work!
Date published: 2020-10-31
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from That was awesome to watch! Thank you so much for this! helped me alot and was really nice to watch and go through. gentle voice aswell!
Date published: 2020-10-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great videos! This really helps me get done what I need. I can get right to the nitty gritty. Most of my focus is on production now.
Date published: 2020-07-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great course! Lovely overview of the new and improved features in Neutron 3, as well as how versatile it is as a mixing tool.
Date published: 2020-06-19
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Very Helpful The video helped me understand how to use the different functionalities in Neutron 3 and create better mixes for my projects. The presenter did an excellent job of setting up channel levels and panning with the relay modules to creating a quick master mix using tonal control.
Date published: 2020-06-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Useful Presentation This is a good series that covers all the functions of Neutron 3 in action in a mix session. You can download the stems and follow along in your DAW. I recommend watching Larry Holcombe's other series, "Neutron 3 Explained" first for more detail on the software modules, but if you are the type to get your hands dirty without needing a lot of background info, this may be the one to watch if you only had time for one series. Go nuts kids.
Date published: 2020-05-15
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful! I've been using Neutron for a while and Neutron 3 since it was released and found lots of useful information on how to better use Neutron 3. The one thing I would have liked to have seen and didn't was using the mother ship on guitar, bass and vocals. The drum loop example wasn't that helpful since loops generally have already been processed at the source.
Date published: 2020-05-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from So far very informative I got this as a beginner to the plugin so I was skeptical on how I would adjust to using the plugin, this video tutorial so far has assuaged any skepticism I had previously been harboring, thank you so much
Date published: 2020-03-20
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Hard to understand Even if the contents of the course are not too difficult, the teacher's language (pronunciation) is difficult for a non-native speaker to understand. He does not seem to make any effort to make it easier for the listener to understand. But I am glad that I have found a course dealing with this plugin so I would purchase it again.
Date published: 2020-02-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Neutron series. Another helpful course
Date published: 2020-02-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful Starting my first mixes, and so far so good!
Date published: 2020-01-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Course Very good information, all well explained. Worth the time and money invested.
Date published: 2020-01-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great tutorial ... ... helped me to understand the product and its features as well the mixing process ...
Date published: 2019-12-31
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Absolute Gold there were a few things I was constantly struggling with this tutorial went a long way toward solving them for me
Date published: 2019-11-01
Rated 2.0 out of 5 by from Relatively basic. Everything seems to be based on subtlety with little or no regard to the application itself. This is one of those "listen to the track" tutorials that causes cringe, instead fully explaining the application in depth! It could be the instructor versus the overview of the product itself. For example, if we are trying to understand "guitar masking", let's hear the guitars! We all understand listening (monitoring or mixing) in the context of the overall mix, however when trying to deal with guitar masking while simultaneously hearing vocals, synths, bass, drums, etc, the true explanation of Neutron 3 is somewhat neglected. A solo A/B would be nice. Most explanations in this tutorial are painfully basic with little or no regard for the professional application of Neutron 3. Except for Mix Assistant, nearly everything taught in this tutorial can be achieved with a basic channel strip from any D.A.W. It doesn't give Neutron 3 it's due justice. Izotope has better tutorials for Neutron 3 compared to this one. On the contrary, other Groove 3 tutorials have been much more helpful in less time. I highly recommend comparing this to the Ozone 9 explained tutorial and you will quickly see why I took the time to write this review. IMO, this tutorial is not worth the time for semi-pros or serious hobbyists. Something told me to sign-up for the monthly membership instead of purchasing it beforehand. Boy am I glad I didn't buy it directly. If that were the case, I would demand a refund.
Date published: 2019-10-29
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from great introduction to neutron 3 its a general introduction to neutron 3, its fairly well explained. i wish the video also used some electronic music to explain some of the features, but thats all
Date published: 2019-10-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great! It`s great and really helpful. Thank you!
Date published: 2019-10-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Nicely done Great pace. Pleasant presentation from an extremely knowledgeable professional.
Date published: 2019-10-20
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Neutron in real life! A good practical hands on, apart from the track assistant plus some tweaks. Finally I understood the dynamic EQ via sidechain with internal bands :-)
Date published: 2019-10-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Short and Sweet Great overview of the key features, thank you very much.
Date published: 2019-10-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Thoroughly explained! This was an easy to follow series and goes into a good degree of detail about all the features of Neutron 3 and how you can use it to shape individual tracks, buses and your overall mix.
Date published: 2019-10-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Good in Depth Course I am really pleased with this course as I’ve always found mixing to be a bit of a mystic art. This course has really bought the subject down-to-earth and I’ve learnt so much. I shall be watching the course many times.
Date published: 2019-09-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Fine this is a good helpful for mixing
Date published: 2019-09-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from GREAT WAY TO START MIXING WITH NEUTRON 3 This course is great for learning how to mix with neutron 3.
Date published: 2019-08-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Solid Information Thorough with some great production ideas intertwined.
Date published: 2019-07-09
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent. In depth. Plenty of real world mixing examples to help demonstrate what is for most people a very subtle art. New features explained well, without all the iZotope company hype. Includes some really good workflow strategies that aren't necessarily part of Neutron but work even better with Neutron's in built inter plugin communication. I learned a lot from this course, and will be watching it again.
Date published: 2019-07-06
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