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Mixing with Pro Tools

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  • Introduction 7:37


    In this video, Kenny introduces the track he's going to be mixing. He also sets up Pro Tools for mixing, imports and re-orders the tracks, and adds color and set the song tempo.

  • Rough Mix 9:53

    Rough Mix

    Next, Kenny takes us through creating a rough mix. He Adjust faders, pans and uses clip gain to normalize the audio levels for proper mixing.

  • Stereo Buss FX & Markers 8:08

    Stereo Buss FX & Markers

    In this video, Kenny sets up the stereo buss and the master fader. He adds some light compression and limiting levels before he starts mixing. Song markers are also added.

  • Basic Vocal Sound 12:08

    Basic Vocal Sound

    Next, Kenny creates a basic vocal sound for the mix. Starting with vocals makes more sense for a more vocal based productions where everything has to serve the vocal sound. EQ, compression, reverb and delay are all used.

  • Drums: Kick 7:26

    Drums: Kick

    In this video, Kenny starts working on the drums. Mainly the kick drum, but he also sets up the entire kit. Gate, compression and EQ are all used.

  • Drums: Snare, Hi-Hat & Toms 11:57

    Drums: Snare, Hi-Hat & Toms

    Next, Kenny moves on to the snare, hi-hat and toms. Gate, compression and EQ are all used.

  • Drums: Overheads, Room, Drumverb & Crush Buss 11:25

    Drums: Overheads, Room, Drumverb & Crush Buss

    Kenny finishes off the drums by bringing in the overheads, room mics, and he also creates a crush buss. Compression, EQ and reverb are all used.

  • Bass Guitar 6:05

    Bass Guitar

    Next, Kenny moves on to the bass guitar tracks; Dealing with the DI and the amp tracks. He discusses phase & polarity, and adds compression and EQ.

  • Acoustic Guitar 4:50

    Acoustic Guitar

    In this video, Kenny brings in the acoustic guitar which is a focal point of the production. He creates a more stereo effect and adds a bit of EQ.

  • Piano 4:43


    Next, Kenny moves on to the piano track. While this track is also recorded in mono, He creates a slight stereo effect to make it wider. He also adds compression and EQ.

  • Electric Guitar & Mellotron 6:39

    Electric Guitar & Mellotron

    In this video, Kenny brings in the electric guitar and the Mellotron which play lesser roles in the mix, but are also treated with compression, EQ and reverb.

  • Slide Guitar & Eighth Note Guitar 6:44

    Slide Guitar & Eighth Note Guitar

    Next, Kenny moves on to the slide guitar and the eighth note guitar, which is featured more in the second verse to give the track a lift in rhythm. Compression, EQ, reverb and delay are all used.

  • Background Vocals 12:06

    Background Vocals

    In this video, Kenny re-addresses the vocal to get a more finished sound. He uses clip gain to maintain a constant level into the compressor and puts the final touches on the effects; Including delay throws in the choruses.

  • VCA Groups 5:13

    VCA Groups

    Next, Kenny sets up VCA groups to make working with automation easier, and creates the ability to trim the fader rides he makes.

  • Automation Pt. 1 9:54

    Automation Pt. 1

    In this video, Kenny gets down to actually riding the faders. Up until this point, he created a static mix, but in this video, he creates moments in the mix. Where things pop out or sit back to fully engage the listener.

  • Automation Pt. 2 9:48

    Automation Pt. 2

    Kenny continues working on the automation. And finally, he runs down a final mix of the song from beginning to end for a reference and so we can finally hear the finished product.

Product Overview

Kenny Gioia brings you a collection of mixing with Pro Tools tutorials! Learn how to mix music using Pro Tools 2019 and get a professional sound. These Pro Tools 2019 mixing videos are designed for the person who knows their way around Pro Tools, but wants to see and hear how to use Pro Tools to mix a song and get that "radio ready sound". You also get the Wav files so you can follow along and mix on your DAW!

Kenny welcomes you and introduces the track you’re going to be mixing, "Scars" by Lybrandt. He then shows how to set up Pro Tools 2019 for mixing, import and re-order the tracks, add color to them, and set the song tempo. Next, Kenny takes you through creating a rough mix by adjusting faders, pans, and using clip gain to normalize your audio levels for proper mixing.

Moving on, you'll learn how to setup Stereo Buss FX & Markers, dial in the vocal sound for the song, make the drums sound great, how to mix the Bass DI and Amp tracks together with proper phase, create great guitar tones, craft the different keyboards to fit in the mix, use VCA Groups and Automation to make things pop out and fully engage the listener, and much more!

To see what each mixing tutorial shows you and how it can help you mix music in Pro Tools 2019, see the individual Pro Tools tutorial descriptions on this page. If you're new to mixing in Pro Tools, or just want to see another engineer's approach, this series of Pro Tools 2019 mixing videos will help you mix music like an expert... See how to make great mixes with Pro Tools, watch “Mixing in Pro Tools 2019” today.

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Mixing with Pro Tools is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 15 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great tutorial! Just what I needed!
Date published: 2021-05-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great way to mix This tutorial makes me be regretted buy all my useless plugins . A easy way to mix a song, great song , thanks.
Date published: 2020-09-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Awesome mixing tutorial! This is a great tutorial for mixing in Pro Tools using stock plugins. The instructor was easy to understand and offered useful examples to improve your mix. I followed along using the included stems and now I have a finished mix that I can use as a sample of my mixing skills. Thanks!!!
Date published: 2020-06-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful! I'm not a Pro Tools user but I still got a lot out of this video series. I skipped the drum parts because I don't deal with drums that often. The rest seemed to include plenty of detail and explanation of the intent for each change or addition without dragging. Well done!
Date published: 2020-05-17
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Helpful But... I I'm really liking this product. It's great for understanding many essential mixing tips for music ,however, I would like to see more mixing for post film production(dialogue mixing, SFX mixing, etc.).
Date published: 2020-02-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Strong, easy to understand Does a good job explaining what he is doing, and going slowly enough so you can easily follow what menus he is accessing, what he is clicking etc. Well worth the time and the $! Thanks!
Date published: 2020-02-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent and right to the point. Thoroughly, yet without a wasted word, Kenny Gioia guides us through a complete mix of a basic pop song. He shows us how to set up a rough mix, then digs into the individual tracks, explaining how to EQ, compress and add reverb to create each instrument's unique voice in the audio picture. He then takes us through a final mix, deploying grouping and automation to build the interest and drama of what he calls "moments" in the mix. Though I'm an experienced ProTools user, I still picked up a lot of helpful ideas, tips and shortcuts I'll immediately be able to use in my projects. And one more thing- the production values of the video itself are exceptional; clearly, a lot of care and thought went into its creation. Kudos! This is top-notch training.
Date published: 2020-01-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Kenny rocks! Another homerun by Kenny! This guy is definitely an awesome instructor!
Date published: 2019-08-13
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from A fine walkthrough of PT19 A thoroughly introduction to the software.
Date published: 2019-08-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Inspiringly good The trainer did a great job walking through the whole process of mixing. Good prep work of tracks, organization etc at the beginning sets up for fluid mixing! I watch and listen while on the road a lot. I just have to go through downloading and adding to my iPad in cases where I have no internet
Date published: 2019-07-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very GOOD SOLID
Date published: 2019-06-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Kenny superb as always Excellent - it doesn't matter how often I watch Kenny's mixing tuts, there's always something new
Date published: 2019-06-22
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Mixing, in Pro Tools Not so much focus on teaching Pro Tools 2019 and the new features, but how to mix music in Pro Tools if that is the DAW you want to go with. If you have used Pro Tools for some time, there isn't much to learn about using the DAW.
Date published: 2019-06-19
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Kenny!! I haven't even watched this yet but Im so stoked to now since I see you're teaching this course! I been waiting for you to do some Pro Tools tutorials for about 5 years now bro (if not longer..lol). Bout to dive in now! Thanks for your service!
Date published: 2019-06-18
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Brilliant after 2 years of trying and watching 100 of hours on youtube on how to record in protools this video came up trumps for me, I have now put this video into practice and have come up with the best sounding mix I've ever had, it was so informative and so easy to follow, a big well done to Kenny who was speaking on the video "Mixing with Protools 2019"
Date published: 2019-06-17
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