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Mixing with Slate Plug-Ins

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Setup

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    4:32

    Learn about what this series is about, and hear the song used before and after processing with Slate Everything Bundle plug-ins.

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    Tutorial 2

    Calibrating the Tape Machine

    4:14

    See how to calibrate the Slate Virtual Tape Machine, and then how to introduce subtle tape saturation while maintaining a constant level.

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    Tutorial 3

    From Tape to the Console

    3:51

    Follow along as the Virtual Console Collection plug-in is calibrated, and then instantiated across all the tracks following the Virtual Tape Machine.

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    Tutorial 4

    Mix Bus Setup

    5:31

    Watch as the Console and tape emulations are set up on the master bus, followed by very gentle FG Grey, FG Red, and FG MU settings in the Virtual Bus Compressor rack.

Drums

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    Tutorial 5

    Drum Overheads

    5:58

    Hear how the Custom Series EQs and Air EQ are used on the two overhead channels to establish a blend of the full kit. The two channels are subgrouped together with FG Bomber used to subtly enhance the transients before being blended in parallel with two stages of gentle compression.

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    Tutorial 6

    Kik Drum

    3:41

    The FG-N is used to add weight, click, and saturation to the kik drum before being enhanced by the Earth EQ. It is then run through the FG-116 Modern compressor with the high pass filter circuit engaged and a quick release setting, resulting in added energy to each attack.

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    Tutorial 7

    Snare

    5:02

    The main snare track is set up with some fairly standard EQ and compression. A parallel bus is set up to add weight and emphasis to the lower end of the snare. The two are blended together on a snare bus where the Custom Series Lift EQ adds polish to both the thickness and the crack of the snare drum.

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    Tutorial 8

    Hi Hat & Toms

    6:36

    See how the hi hat and tom mics are processed and blended with the overheads for emphasis and stereo imaging.

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    Tutorial 9

    Room Mic (Controlled Chaos!)

    4:17

    Hear how a mic placed outside the drum room is treated with EQ and compression to add some "room" to the dry drum sound.

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    Tutorial 10

    Drum Bus & Reverb

    5:55

    Hear how some interesting EQ sweetening is created by first cutting and then boosting the same frequencies using two instances of the Custom Series EQ, then running it through some parallel compression. An instance of Verbsuite Classic is then used on a Bus to establish an overall room reverb for the drum kit.

Guitars

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    Tutorial 11

    Electric Bass

    4:22

    The Custom Series Equalizer is used to EQ the signal before it is fed in to the Scuffham Amp. It is then processed, post amp processing, with another instance of Virtual Mix Rack using selected bands of both the FG-N and FG-S EQs, followed by some gentle compression to control the final output level.

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    Tutorial 12

    Rhythm Guitars Pt. 1

    4:38

    Hear how the Scuffham amps are used in conjunction with Mix Rack plug-ins to blend a telecaster and a stratocaster guitar together.

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    Tutorial 13

    Rhythm Guitars Pt. 2

    6:17

    See how cleaner guitar processing is set up on these tracks to blend with the more aggressive rhythm parts.

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    Tutorial 14

    Intro & Chorus Guitars

    4:22

    A final pair of guitar parts are layered with the others, each with unique EQ and amp settings.

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    Tutorial 15

    Acoustic Guitar

    2:41

    See how a strummed acoustic part is blended with the wall of multiple electric guitars playing the main hook during the intro and chorus.

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    Tutorial 16

    Verse Guitars

    4:33

    Discover how treating three complimentary guitar parts (recorded with the same guitar, each using different pickup positions) together through a single processing chain, helps them to function as a single unified part.

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    Tutorial 17

    Pre Chorus Guitars

    5:00

    Explore the effects of routing to multiple destinations for a complex layered effect as the pre chorus guitars are fed to both the verse guitar bus and a new bus for simultaneous processing.

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    Tutorial 18

    Interlude Guitars

    4:21

    Hear how dual mono guitar amp processing is used within a single instance of a Scuffham Amp.

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    Tutorial 19

    Guitar Solo

    3:27

    See how the lead guitar is processed with an S-Gear amp and Custom Series EQ for a searing solo sound that brings the arrangement to an exciting climax.

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    Tutorial 20

    Guitar Mono Magic

    4:50

    Hear how some extreme mono parallel processing of all the guitars using EQs and Virtual Bus Compressors brings a fullness to the overall blend.

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    Tutorial 21

    Mix Check

    7:02

    The sound isn't shaping up quite the way I had hoped. Follow along and see what changes I've made to bring the guitars and snare drum closer to what I originally had in mind. Lessons learned: 1. Constantly check your tweaks in the context of the whole mix rather than tweaking them in solo mode. 2. Be careful not to use too many disparate guitar amp based reverb, delay, and modulation processes simultaneously.

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    Tutorial 22

    MIDI Tracks

    3:38

    The supporting MIDI instruments are routed to a subgroup, and treated together with some console and preamp drive, low cut filtering, and reverb.

Vocals

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    Tutorial 23

    Lead Vocals

    5:52

    Hear how the width of the vocal reverb is set up to blend with the stereo width of the guitars, and see how automation, EQ, and multiple stages of compression are used to smooth out the lead vocal track.

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    Tutorial 24

    Harmony Vocals

    7:40

    Harmony and alternate lead vocals are grouped and treated together. In addition to preamp drive, EQ ,and compression, the Eiosis Air EQ and the DeEsser are used to help the high end work in conjunction with the heavily driven guitars on the chorus. A send to Repeater is automated to add an ethereal floating quality to the vocals at specific sections.

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    Tutorial 25

    Vocal Stack

    4:10

    Hear how the stacked "oohs and ahs" are treated with drive, EQ, compression, Air EQ for sparkle on top, and finally reverb and delay to help them "disappear" into the background.

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    Tutorial 26

    Final Tweaks & FG-X

    6:42

    Learn about a few small last minute tweaks to the mix, and see how the FG-X is used on the stereo output track to bring the volume up to commercial levels.

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    Tutorial 27

    Final Play Through

    5:18

    Listen to a final play through of the finished mix along with the artist video of Will to Survive by Hayley Richman.

Bonus Videos

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    Tutorial 28

    Virtual Tube Collection

    8:17

    Learn about these three new plug-ins, and hear how they recreate the sound of classic vintage tube circuits on a variety of tracks and busses.

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    Tutorial 29

    FG-Stress

    9:00

    See and hear how this latest emulation from Slate captures the wide range of compression characteristics heard in the Empirical Labs Distressor unit. Opto and Nuke modes, along with the various detector and post compression circuits are explored.

Eli Krantzberg is your host on this epic journey of mixing with Slate plug-ins! See how a real-world mix takes shape from beginning to end, using only Slate Digital's awesome suite of plug-ins.

Eli begins with an introduction, explaining exactly what will be covered in the videos, and then gives a play through of the song that you'll be mixing together.

Eli now covers how to get ready for your mixing journey, by showing you how to calibrate the Virtual Tape Machine, routing to it, and setting up your mix bus.

The drums are next, and Eli covers every drum track in the song, showing you what Slate plug-ins to use and why. Bass and guitars are then focused on, and you'll see and hear how much better they sound with a little Slate magic sprinkled on top.

Eli then moves onto the vocal tracks, honing them to a perfect tone and blend with different Slate plug-ins. He then does some final tweaks to the mix, creating the perfect mix, ready for all the world to hear.

See the individual tutorial descriptions below for more info. If you want to see and hear if Slate plug-ins are right for you, or how a professional uses them, this series is the place to be… Watch "Mixing with Slate Plug-Ins" today!

NathanB7519
Submitted 2 months ago

Great course!

Does a wonderful job of showing you a project, start to finish (mixing-wise), using Slate's Everything Bundle. The progression through the project is logical and well explained. A bonus was seeing the work flow through ALL the tracks of a FULL song. I enjoyed this a lot and think it'll help cement some of my own practices. Oh, and I bought a month pass for $15 -- so I got almost 3 hours of instruction at $5 / hour. Makes me feel like I'm exploiting Groove3! But I'm sure I'll be back...

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Ableton Live

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RT
Submitted 2 months ago

Slate Plug-In Course

Contrary to other videos that skim over the surface, this gives in depth instruction on how to use the Slate plug-ins. Using a complex song, each instrument and vocal is reviewed and optimized. I also found the video to give new mixing perspectives as well.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Mastering Facility, Sound for Film/TV, Reaper

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jedrickj
Submitted 4 months ago

Learned Lots

Very Good! I love the Slate stuff

I am a: Semi-Pro, Producer, Audio Engineer, Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Studio One

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Landmoler
Submitted 7 months ago

Really enjoyed it!

Love Slate Digital and I love watching how Eli has put it to use. Not only do you get to see how Slate plugins can be used to great effect, you also get to see Eli's take on mixing a alternative rock track. I learned a lot! Thanks Eli.

I am a: Hobbyist

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Evan
Submitted 7 months ago

Very In-depth

Got the Everything Bundle and found out that there are not enough tutorials other than the ones at the Slate website. So glad to have found this! I immediately bought it when it went on sale!

I am a: Semi-Pro, Pro Tools, Studio One

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Theodore
Submitted 8 months ago

learned a lot from it

Helped me a lot to understand Virtual mix rack !

I am a: Student, Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Game Designer, Sound for Film/TV, Cubase, Reaper

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koziolmatol
Submitted 8 months ago

Awesome course!

I've been using slate's plugins for something like 2 years at least I think. After this tutorial series I found out, that I was using them in a wrong way sometimes. For example I used VTM at the end of the chain, while it should be at the beginning. I also like concept of adding only a little of saturation from many instances of plugins, which then sums up. I highly recommend this tutorial for every owner of slate's plugins!

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Studio One

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mixmasterpro
Submitted 8 months ago

Great Videos!

great series of videos. I'm a slate user and this helped me feel out some of the plugs I hadn't really used much

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chadfarmer1
Submitted 9 months ago

Love the Tutorial

This tutorial def upped my game on some mixing techniques. Seeing all these plugins used in new and creative ways was really informative. Looking forward to more lessons!

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Logic Pro

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Badsneakers
Submitted 9 months ago

Really great tutorials!

I have all the slate plug ins and am about to mix my album. Really useful tips, and a great song used for the tutorials for a change. Very impressed so far!

I am a: Professional, Musician, Logic Pro

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing drums in high school at age fourteen. Like most kids my age around then, I was into progressive rock. Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Yes. They rocked my world. A few short years later though, my musical life changed. While studying music in college I discovered Charlie Parker, Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, and John Coltrane. Milt Jackson spoke to me in such a profound way that it left me no choice but to take up vibraphone.

These great players, along with  drummers like Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Elvin Jones changed not only the way I thought about drumming, but also music - and by extension, life - as a whole. I realized life was meant to be a creative endeavor. The idea of improvising based on a loose set of guidelines and rules permeated into my psyche even when I wasn't holding a pair of drumsticks or mallets. But if I am going to be perfectly truthful, I have to hold Henry Miller and Woody Allen equally responsible for shaping the way I view and experience the world around me. 

2. What training have you had?

I am currently an Apple certified Logic Pro. Young and cocky, and armed with only a partial University degree, I dropped out of school and  began playing steady commercial hotel engagements and jazz gigs when I could. This went on for many years until I decided it was time to complete my degree - which I ultimately did with a major in Political Science and a minor in music. 

It was at this point that I formed my current band Nightshift. We are going in to our twenty third year now - playing commercial one nighters like weddings, corporate events, etc. Don't turn your nose up at it though - it has allowed me a wonderful quality of life. It gave me the freedom to go back to school and complete a post graduate degree in Communications Studies - all the while supporting myself by playing weddings.

3. When did you get into recording?

It was in this graduate program - in the early nineties - that I found myself drawn to the fledgling emerging universe of hard disc recording and midi sequencing. Based on nothing more than the recommendation of one of my band mates who had an old Atari, I jumped in head first and bought a Mac LC ll, along with a version 1.1 of what was then Notator Logic. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But, in hindsight, it was a decision of epic importance in my life - shaping my future as much as the music of Milt Jackson and Charlie Parker did fifteen years prior. 

I opened up my own commercial home studio in 1998 and began doing a variety of projects, working on radio jingles, artist CD projects, and whatever came my way. A couple of years later a colleague called me up - desperate. He was working at a post production house and one of the editors had just quit. They were doing audio post for a weekly TV series and needed a Pro Tools editor - and fast! And so, once again, I jumped in head first into what would ultimately open up my world even more - the world of Pro Tools. 

4. People you have worked with/for?

Focusing on Logic, I built up a small but loyal client base and my phone kept ringing for Logic tech support and instruction. Film composers and studio owners all over the city were calling me. Even the music stores were giving out my phone number at this point! This kind of stuff becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. The more of it you do, the more calls you get to keep doing it. At least that's the way it should be!

As my Logic chops kept growing, I was hired by an old buddy of mine, Len Sasso, who was then an associate editor at Electronic Musician magazine, and began writing some columns for them. I had a blast doing them - and really learned to focus and express my thoughts in a concise and clear manner. This lead to a collaboration with LA based composer Terry Michael Huud on the 2006 film called Civic Duty - which was certainly one of the highlights of my professional life as a composer. 

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I wake up every day excited to boot up, and create. Whether it's instructional videos, creating music, working with a studio client, performing with my band, or teaching at the schools - my days are filled with what I love doing. Enriched by the stimulation and creative freedom this modern music making software brings to my life. I bring that excitement and passion to each and every training product I create. My years of experience both using and teaching these programs has taught me the best way to make the user comfortable with these complex programs.

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Mixing with Slate Plug-Ins is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great course! Does a wonderful job of showing you a project, start to finish (mixing-wise), using Slate's Everything Bundle. The progression through the project is logical and well explained. A bonus was seeing the work flow through ALL the tracks of a FULL song. I enjoyed this a lot and think it'll help cement some of my own practices. Oh, and I bought a month pass for $15 -- so I got almost 3 hours of instruction at $5 / hour. Makes me feel like I'm exploiting Groove3! But I'm sure I'll be back...
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Slate Plug-In Course Contrary to other videos that skim over the surface, this gives in depth instruction on how to use the Slate plug-ins. Using a complex song, each instrument and vocal is reviewed and optimized. I also found the video to give new mixing perspectives as well.
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Learned Lots Very Good! I love the Slate stuff
Date published: 2017-11-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed it! Love Slate Digital and I love watching how Eli has put it to use. Not only do you get to see how Slate plugins can be used to great effect, you also get to see Eli's take on mixing a alternative rock track. I learned a lot! Thanks Eli.
Date published: 2017-08-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very In-depth Got the Everything Bundle and found out that there are not enough tutorials other than the ones at the Slate website. So glad to have found this! I immediately bought it when it went on sale!
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from learned a lot from it Helped me a lot to understand Virtual mix rack !
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Awesome course! I've been using slate's plugins for something like 2 years at least I think. After this tutorial series I found out, that I was using them in a wrong way sometimes. For example I used VTM at the end of the chain, while it should be at the beginning. I also like concept of adding only a little of saturation from many instances of plugins, which then sums up. I highly recommend this tutorial for every owner of slate's plugins!
Date published: 2017-06-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Videos! great series of videos. I'm a slate user and this helped me feel out some of the plugs I hadn't really used much
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Love the Tutorial This tutorial def upped my game on some mixing techniques. Seeing all these plugins used in new and creative ways was really informative. Looking forward to more lessons!
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Really great tutorials! I have all the slate plug ins and am about to mix my album. Really useful tips, and a great song used for the tutorials for a change. Very impressed so far!
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from A must have tutorial! Really excited about this one, Eli excelled and just made such good sense on everything . The Slate plugins are good but in our rush to dive and mix we might have missed some of the crucial setup stages...calibrating the plugins properly is a major issue re gain staging and maximising sonic texture. Eli lays a solid foundation for this stuff and then demonstrates what can be achieved with these great tools.
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Absolutely awesome. I think the song, artist, mix engineer are all excellent. Really liked how he set up the VTM on every track from the start. Loved the bonus video on the new Slate plugins at the end.
Date published: 2017-06-02