Chapter 1 : Starting a Mix
Thomas welcomes you and introduces the course and discusses what will be covered, which is aimed at giving you the tools to identify and address problems in your mix.
This video covers how to properly set levels in mono and why using mono can be helpful to achieve a balanced mix. By summing a whole mix down to mono it enables you to hear volume leveling more clearly.
Learn how using EQ in mono can be helpful to find hard to hear frequencies that are creating problems in your mixes. EQ-ing in mono also has the added benefit of bringing clarity to your mixes and prevent unnecessary frequency build up.
See how to approach mixing as a musical process rather than a technical process. Thinking with this musical end goal in mind will also help you craft mixes that tell a musical story for the listener.
Chapter 2 : While in the Mix
This video covers how to analyze other mix engineer's signal chains and processing so that they can be worked into your mixing process. The example used in this video is how to deconstruct the recording process from the 1960's to help you achieve a more vintage sound.
Learn the benefits of simplifying your effects workflow to get better sounding results. This video also covers how to go about testing multiple types of effects, like compressors, to figure out which style of compression works best for your mix.
When you need a track to have added brightness to cut though a mix, additive EQ may add unwanted harshness. See how distortion and saturation can be used instead of additive EQ to make elements better cut though a mix.
Sometimes after applying EQ your mixes still lack the separation heard in professional mixes. This video covers how you can creatively use panning to achieve separation between elements so that a mix sounds clean and balanced.
Simplify your mixing process by using busses to fix problems in the mix. This not only speeds up your workflow, but enables you to address global problems in the mix with the use of EQ and parallel processing.
Chapter 3 : Finalizing A Mix
Learn how to use matching EQ and reference tracks to get different ideas of how your mixes can be improved. This method enables you to quickly try out different mix options and identify problem frequencies that you might have missed.
Explore how analyzing a mix with Mid/Side encoders enables you to get a clearer overall sound. This technique will allow you to easily identify and address problematic frequencies that you may have missed.
This video covers some next steps and final ideas on how the concepts taught in the course can be applied to your mixing process.
Studio guru Thomas Cochran presents a how to practice mixing video tutorial series! Learn to identify and address problems that can occur in your mixes, and how to remedy them quickly and easily, making for a better, more professional mix. These videos are designed for new and beginner mix engineers looking to improve their mixes, and includes downloadable wav files so you can follow along and mix in your DAW.
Thomas welcomes you and goes over exactly what you'll be learning in the video tutorials, and then starts out with the basics of getting a good mix by setting levels, as well as utilizing mono sound when doing this. Continuing on with the mono mix technique, Thomas shows you how to find hard to hear frequencies that are creating problems in your mix and eliminate them to bring out clarity, preventing unnecessary frequency build up.
Throughout the rest of the videos you'll learn important strategies such as having an end goal, implementing research to compare and dissect existing mix styles and genres, the benefit of using less plug-ins, choosing distortion instead of EQ, creative panning, making efficient use of busses, analyzing your mix with Mid/Side and much, much more.
To see what these in-depth mixing tutorials show you, and how you'll be able to diagnose and fix problems with your mixes, as well as incorporate good mix habits and techniques, see the individual mixing video tutorial descriptions on this page. Start making better, more professional sounding mixes today... Watch "Practicing Mixing Explained®" now.
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