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The Mechanics of Mixing in Logic Pro X

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Chapter 1 : Setup

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    The Mechanics of Mixing

    Get an overview of what this series is about, and hear an A/B comparison between the raw tracks and the finished mix.

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    Creating & Coloring Markers

    Listen through to the mix as it was delivered as markers are created for each section of the song.

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    Organizing the Instrument Tracks

    Follow along as the tracks are renamed, and the default channel strip setting plug-ins removed.

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    Organizing the Vocal Tracks

    The vocal tracks are bounced back to mono, and split up on to separate tracks for every verse, chorus, bridge, vocal FX, and coda.

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    Track Stacks & Signal Flow

    See how both summing stacks and folder stacks are set up to control signal flow and routing of all the tracks in the project.

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    Faders Up!

    Follow along as initial fader levels are set for a general overall blend of all the elements, while making sure to leave plenty of headroom on the master bus.

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    The Master Bus

    Watch as a duplicate Master Bus channel strip is set up for metering purposes, and some gentle compression is dialed in to catch sharp transients.

Chapter 2 : The Instruments

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    The Drums Pt. 1

    Follow along as processing is added to the overheads, kick, snare, and high hat mics.

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    The Drums Pt. 2

    See how to make the drum mix sound more exciting by setting up parallel processing for the kick tracks, snare tracks, and full drum mix.

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    Electric Bass

    Watch as Bass Amp Designer and side chain compression settings are set up, and automation is added.

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    Electric Bass Flex Fixes

    See how flex time is used for quantization and a few simple timing fixes in the bass part.

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    Intro Guitars

    Hear how the electric guitars used in the introduction and bridge are processed, and see how two hard panned electric guitars are routed through a parallel mono bus in order to process a mono image of their summed signal.

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    Intro Guitars Sweetening

    Gentle ?glue? style compression and some Mid/Side EQ is added to the Intro Guitars summing stack, in order to help them ?pop? better with the bass and drums.

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    Verse Guitars

    See how some subtle Amp Designer and Pedal Board tweaking helps differentiate the two complimentary strumming patterns. Then optical compression, mid/side EQ, and narrowing the stereo width on the summing stack is used to help glue the two together for a unified sound.

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    Chorus Guitars

    Discover a nice thickening technique achieved by routing audio in parallel through duplicate channel strips, each with unique stereo pan width & placements, and unique effects processing. When combined with the source audio, the result is a full rich sounding stereo spread.

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    Guitar Fills

    Hear how the guitar fills are processed for a wet panned stereo effect, and look at a recap of all the guitar track routing before we move on to the vocals.

Chapter 3 : Vocals

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    Verse Lead Vocal

    Watch as an ethereal dreamlike floating effect is created as the lead vocal is sent to a traditional reverb. A duplicated tuned version of the vocal is combined in the reverb return only for a thicker reverb sound, which is then processed with some EQ and stereo delay.

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    Verse Harmony Vox

    Hear how the harmony vocal part is processed and edited to fit with and compliment the lead.

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    Chorus Vocals

    Watch as a couple of small problems are dealt with getting the chorus vocals to blend and match the tonal qualities of the verse vocals.

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    Bridge Vocals

    Explore how the combination of Track Alternatives and Selection Based Processing is used to allow creative experimentation with a safety net, as the Harmony Vox bridge vocal part is processed beyond recognition!

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    Alternate Bridge Vocal Idea

    Selection Based Processing and Track Alternatives are used again, to experiment with an alternate version of the B-Vox vocal tracks in the bridge.

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    Bridge Vocal Tweaks

    Delay is now added to the dry lead vocal to compensate for what was temporarily bypassed on the reverb/delay effects return. A fade is used to clean up a bad edit, and time stretching is experimented with for an alternate timing feel at the end of the middle phrase.

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    Second Verse & Chorus

    Watch as the timing between the lead and B-Vox track is tightened up, and the pitch shifted duplicate lead vocal is again set up to run through the effects return only.

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    Filter Vox FX Pt. 1

    See how a factory channel strip setting is used in conjunction with a custom plug-in chain for a unique filtered vocal effect.

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    Filter Vox FX Pt. 2

    See how an alternate track is set up for a separate chorus effect, and hear how the central hook of the song is emphasized by doubling it on the filtered FX tracks.

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    Coda Vocals

    Follow along as some unique echo effects are set up and contrasted with a completely dry vocal phrase, and watch as cross fades are used creatively to tame some sibilants on the filtered tracks.

Chapter 4 : The Mix

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    Vocal Tweaks

    A couple of sibilant sounds are softened with fades, and region gain offset is used to smooth out the relative balance of doubled and tripled parts.

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    Automation Tweaks

    An iPad with Logic remote is now used to add some automation to the guitar and drum parts, bringing them up and down at selected places between vocal phrases.

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    Final Tweaks & Track Export

    A few final tweaks are reviewed, and all the individual tracks, including the multiple outputs from the Drum Kit Designed Producer Kit, are exported for archival purposes.

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    Mix Bus Parallel Processing

    See how a parallel mix bus is set up with linear phase EQ and multi-band compression for subtle tonal balancing. The signal is then combined with the regular mix bus, and limiting is applied to the summed signal arriving at the Stereo Output.

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    Final Playback

    Sit back and watch the Breathe For You video by Haylely Richman accompanied by the audio mix produced in this video series.

Product Overview

Learn the nuts and bolts of mixing in Logic Pro X! Eli Krantzberg takes you on a mixing journey using nothing but LPX, showing you all the features and functions, steps, techniques and theories to use to create a professional sounding product. You also get the full Logic Project and audio files so you can mix or remix along in real-time!

Eli starts with an overview of what the video series will cover, and then jumps right in with setting up your project with color markers, organizing tracks, signal flow concept, volume level mixes, using a master buss and more.

He then gets into all the individual instruments including drums, bass, and guitars, followed by extensive work on all the vocals and harmonies. Eli wraps it up with a deep focus on effects, automation, mix bus processing and other ideas.

See the individual tutorial descriptions below for more info. If you want to mix in LPX, but aren't sure where to start, or want to see how a veteran Logic user approaches mixing, look no further than "The Mechanics of Mixing in Logic Pro X".

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The Mechanics of Mixing in Logic Pro X is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 44 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Amazing as always! Thanks Eli! Eli really brings it home in this one. Thank you for this great in-depth series on mixing and mastering! Great job all around!
Date published: 2021-04-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Loved it I found this course really helpful for getting ideas on mixing guitar-based music. There's a lot of material out there for mixing electronic music but not so much for this kind of alt-rock style, so this is a massive help for anyone who wants some ideas in this area. Eli explains well and has a lovely manner about him.
Date published: 2021-02-28
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from AWESOME! VERY HELPFUL!
Date published: 2020-11-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Stuff. I love Eli's delivery in every training video I have watched him in. No exception here. Learned a lot too.
Date published: 2020-10-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Top Notch Best Logic tutorial you will come across.Real world info passed on in useful situations.Tricks I haven't come across before,
Date published: 2020-07-21
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from flawless too flawless
Date published: 2020-03-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Eli is a twofold genius I signed up here to update some Logic Pro skills in the light of the recent upgrades. Eli Krantzberg's tutorials are models of clarity and insightfulness. He understands how to use Logic like a master, but he also understands how to teach and pass on what he knows without fuss or indulgence. Serious Respect and thanks for this Eli, I'm sure I'll be back for more.
Date published: 2019-11-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful Once again, Eli provides clearly explained but advanced knowledge on Logic Pro X mixing. Theres alot of information to soak in but I will be referring to this video course in the future especially for vocal and guitar mixing strategies.
Date published: 2019-07-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from very helpful it has Helped me so much
Date published: 2019-07-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Another Excellent Series Only up to video 10 and its already worth the cost. Brilliant on detail and examples, good old Eli knows how to make it all understandable. A great help in mixing and and more importantly fine tuning the mix. Another excellent video training set from Groove 3. Thoroughly recommended.
Date published: 2018-12-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful! Eli is one of the best teachers at groove 3. Tough I'm not a novice, I still got many great ideas and inspiration to try from this series. REally enjoyed watching Eli mix and his thought processes behind what he did, and why. Would love to see more tutorials like this in the future.
Date published: 2018-02-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Tons of Great work flow info! This is the type of video that I will be coming back to again and again. So much stuff to comprehend!
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from A Bit Overwhelming I'm getting close to making the transition from GarageBand to Logic Pro X. It's a bit overwhelming all the possible tweaks that one can do. Eli has opened my eyes (well, ears) to a myriad of possibilities. When I do start using Logic Pro X, I'm sure I will have to go back and review some of the videos in this series.
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from truly amazing ! what a guy !! parallel mixing, multiprocessor, perfect pitch quantization; the astonishing demonstration helped me overcome my overlooked pieces. & taught me greater understand of the mixing universe & how it all has to hit the proper bus so the sound doesn't get lost or forgotten.
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Clear and Deep into It Simply Great!!
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Very Good Have always loved Eli's style of teaching - well paced and well explained
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from One of my favorite courses so far. Learned a ton Very helpful, beautiful song
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Awesome Tutorial I'm amazed at the power I have with my Logic Pro X. I did not realize how much I could do using factory plug-ins.
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Very Good Love the workflow and Stacks. Gives some nice ideas
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Good walkthrough to Logic mixing. Really a great way to follow along and learn to mix / learn the steps. Instructor was very knowledgeable and worked at a good pace to follow.
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great for beginners! I watch and rewatch.... and rewatch episodes as I'm learning my way around Logic. Great resource.
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from awesome !! can't wait for more knowledge
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from EXCELLENT!! If You are looking for an in depth, Comprehensive Tutorial for Mixing a song from start to finish in Logic Pro X, then, Look no further. I have learned a great deal from this Tutorial and highly recommend it to everyone. Eli has done a fantastic job as usual. This is also helpful to anyone who seeks to learn more about the Logic Pro X 10.3 update, exploring features like Track alternatives and selection based processing. Last but certainly not the least, the song mixed here is amazing and working with the session files provided is super fun. Thanks Eli, for another amazing Tutorial.
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Another great one from Eli Never saw an Eli tutorial I didn't like. He's very pleasant to listen to and he usually does not waste a word. Sometimes I have to stop the video 10 seconds in because he's already hit an important point I have to hear again. Overall he packs more into a few minutes than just about anyone - be ready to pause the video many times to soak in all the info. In this mixing series, among other things, he shows examples of complex signal setups that I would not have thought of. He opens you up to thinking outside the routine. And along the way you become an expert at Logic Pro. Also, the included project files are an incredible way to follow along and experiment.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Informative Tutorials Groove3 provides some very useful information.
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Top Notch material presented in a thoughtful and highly usable format. While Groove3 has a ton of great tutorials covering all kinds of areas and topics, the subscription would be worth it alone just for the work on Logic Pro that Eli does. He's a master Logic User and a skilled instructor.
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Eli always delivers, great series As a pro mixer myself I always love to watch other people at work and especially in view of Eli only using Logic Pro X software. So for anyone who is starting out or working on a budget, this is a must watch series! Logic is a great piece of software, jammed pack with samples, virtual instruments and plugins, everything you need to start with and more. Logic is by for the best value for money.
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent and very helpful as always. It is a great tutorial about the process of mixing a song in FCPX. A lot of wisdom.
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Nice! Very Good!
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful! Finally get to see a song from beginning to end using the latest in Logic Pro. From beginning to completion. Loved it.
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Eli's best work yet I've worked through many of Eli's tutorials and I'd have to say that this is his best work yet. Fantastic pace...brisk enough to keep your interest without being overwhelming. Great ideas for creative use of processing, especially on vocals. Also, a good general guide to how to organize tracks, signal flow, routing, etc. Finally, the content is very relevant. Nice dreamy indie pop tune with great textural layers. It also kind of grows on you after listening to it over and over. Not always the case on these tutorials. Great work Eli (and Haley).
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Concise and thorough. So direct in approach the benefits stack up! My review will have an update when I have seen all. I find no reason not to.
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Nice! Eli does great job from beginning to end of song explaining the process of mixing in Logic. The pace is quick so had to rerun certain segments but that is the beauty of Groove 3 vids. Using stock Logic plug ins is useful but it would be a appreciated addition to see Eli remix this tune with his favorite 3rd party plugs and compare result...great job Eli..and great tune!
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Impressive. Even a novice like me can follow and understand the process of mixing after watching these short videos.
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Eli is the best! I always look forward to Eli's Logic Pro tutorials. He presents concepts in clear, logical ways. I inevitably come away with some new knowledge of the program and a better way to organize the workflow. Bravo!
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Insightful Given me a new perspective on workflow
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Really Helpful Practical Insight I find Eli's tutorials always informative and easy to digest. He has a clear manner of presenting information and there's always something to learn I didn't know. Also good to have download source tracks to work with.
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very, very, very help full This site is much needed. I am not yet there, but now I can see where I am going throughout this site. Thx guys. You're doing a great job. The Mechanics of Mixing in Logic Pro X is a gold dust.
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Another superb tutorial from Eli! I always pick up very useful technical and creative tips from Eli. Wonderfully articulated and insightful tutorial. Observing your work flow and organizational skills is super instructive. Learned cool touches with flex time, flex pitch, fades for troublesome consonants, and a world of summing stacks and folders. Thanks again Eli! Out the park as usual...
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by from Very comprehensive I think this will increase my skill set.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Good overview of mixing in Logic Pro X I've been mixing in DAWS for the past 25 years (DP, then Logic), and this series by EK is excellent, especially for how it's laid out (learning how to use track stacks, etc.), creative approaches to mixing vocals, and multiple approaches to dynamics, etc. I might have made some different mic choices during the actual recording process, but EK does a good job of brightening up an otherwise somber basic recording. I learned a lot. And other reviewers are right: EK doesn't tarry, and you sometimes have to go back and take another look at which he actually did.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by from Very helpful for a beginner! I am very interested to learn mixing ...
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from View it several times. Eli is my favorite Groove 3 teacher. His stuff is so jam-packed you must not just view it, but study it. He has great ideas, very advanced use of Logic, and yet, simplicity of presentation that make his videos, my favorites among a group of other really fine teachers. You can't help but learn no matter your level.
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very good video. Really insightful as usual. Eli Krantzberg's videos are always very detailed and helpful. Sometimes he moves too fast which requires rewinding several times to catch what he really did. But I think that is because there is so much info being presented and demonstrated.
Date published: 2017-03-11
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