Mixing Tutorial

R&B Master Series II

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21 Videos | Length: 3hr 42min 1sec
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Chapter 1 : Tracking and Mixing

  • Intro 1:13


    Welcome to Tony Shepperd's R&B Master Series II!

  • Artist Introduction and Hardware Setup 6:30

    Artist Introduction and Hardware Setup

    Tony introduces you to the vocal artist Shelea Frazier and discusses the project you will be working on. Tony also shows the hardware chain that will be used while tracking the vocals.

  • Tracking Background Vocals 16:09

    Tracking Background Vocals

    Watch as Tony and Shelea record multiple layers of background vocals. See how Tony and Shelea work together creatively to achieve the best possible results!

  • Vocal Outro Harmonies and Lead Vocals 19:11

    Vocal Outro Harmonies and Lead Vocals

    Tony and Shelea continue recording vocals. Watch as they lay down both the outro harmonies and lead vocals.

  • Vox Wrap-Up 0:54

    Vox Wrap-Up

    Now that the Vocals are tracked, Tony and Shelea discuss what comes next in the process of building the song.

  • Soundchain and Drums Pt 1 11:14

    Soundchain and Drums Pt 1

    Tony starts this video off by discussing inserting analog processing into the stereo buss and its benefits as well as the rest of his audio chain before jumping into the kick drum.

  • The Drums Pt 2 9:39

    The Drums Pt 2

    In this video Tony continues working with the kick before moving on to the snare and its processing.

  • The Drums Pt 3 11:40

    The Drums Pt 3

    Here Tony moves on to the hi hat and shaker, and how each element can be positioned in the stereo mix through processing and panning.

  • Tympani and Bass Guitar 15:48

    Tympani and Bass Guitar

    In this video Tony adds the final drum element the tympani and adds the processing for this element. Tony then moves on to the Bass Guitar.

  • The Lead Vocal 10:02

    The Lead Vocal

    Now it's time to work on mixing in the lead vocal!

  • Lead Vocal Pt 2 and Acoustic Guitar 9:30

    Lead Vocal Pt 2 and Acoustic Guitar

    In this video Tony continues working on the lead vocal trying to add more dimension. Next, Tony moves on to getting the acoustic guitar fitting nicely in the mix during the chorus through more processing.

  • Acoustic Guitars Pt 2 Keyboards and Pads 12:24

    Acoustic Guitars Pt 2 Keyboards and Pads

    Tony adds more acoustic guitar to the track, discussing where they are placed in the stereo spectrum. Tony then moves on to adding keyboards to the prechorus and adding synth pads such as bells to the track

  • The Background Vocals 14:21

    The Background Vocals

    Now it's time to mix the background vocals that were tracked in an earlier video.

  • Vocal Automation 11:42

    Vocal Automation

    Tony adds automation to the the lead vocal, such as volume rides and delay automation.

  • Strings and Summary 10:07

    Strings and Summary

    Tony discusses the final element in the track, the strings. After showing how the four stereo tracks of strings are placed and processed, before giving a final summary of the the mix.

Chapter 2 : Insights

  • Alex Teamer - Drum Programming 5:47

    Alex Teamer - Drum Programming

    In this video you will get an insight of what Alex programmed, what his philosophy was and how he did it.

  •  Reggie Hamilton - Bass 17:08

    Reggie Hamilton - Bass

    In this video Tony introduces us to Reggie Hamilton, the very talented bass player on the track. Reggie discusses the two bass guitars he used on the track as well as how he goes through the creative process.

  • Randy Emata - Keyboards 9:49

    Randy Emata - Keyboards

    Randy Emata joins Tony to discuss the keybord synth and pad parts he layed down on the track and gives insight to how he likes to work.

  • Michael Nielson - Acoustic Guitar 17:20

    Michael Nielson - Acoustic Guitar

    Michael Nielson talks with Tony about the guitar parts he contributed to the track, the way he likes to set up, and the different ways he plays to achieve different sounds.

  • Raul Ferrando - String Orchestration 8:47

    Raul Ferrando - String Orchestration

    Tony gets some insight from Raul on how he put together the orchestration for the song as well as his creative process.

  • Credits 2:46


    Series credits

Product Overview

Mega producer Tony Shepperd has worked with superstars like Whitney Houston, Madonna, Quincy Jones, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Kenny Loggins, Boyz II Men and many, many more. Sit in on a real-world session where Tony tracks vocals and then mixes a modern R&B song to perfection.

Shown in HD video, Tony Shepperd begins by recording the talented singer Shelea Frazier, producing both her lead and background vocals, and then roadmaps how he will proceed to finish her R&B masterpiece production. Tony then focuses on the drum tracks, utilizing EQ and compression, mixing them so they're fat and punchy. The bass is up next, and Tony explains how to tame it and fit it just right into the mix.

Mixing the vocals are next on Tony's list and he demonstrates how to blend them with EQ, compression and reverb so they have that professional polished vibe. Acoustic guitars and keyboards are then explored and Tony explains how to give them that wide stereo sound. The background vocals are then examined and Tony shows how to better fit them and the lead into the mix utilizing automation and more. The strings are then worked on, and Tony demonstrates how to make them larger than life, and finishes the whole mix.

Just when you thought it was over, Tony interviews all the different musicians who played on the track including Alex Teamer (Drum Programming), Reggie Hamilton (Bass), Randy Emata (Keyboards), Michael Nielsen (Guitar) and Raul Ferrando (String Arrangement). All the players share their techniques, theories and insights when working on the track featured in this series.

Regardless of what genre you're working on, the knowledge passed on by studio great Tony Shepperd deserves to be heard. You will take things from it and use them on your productions guaranteed... Watch "R&B Master Series II" today.

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