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Mixing Rock

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Chapter 1: Introduction

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    Introduction (10:14)


Chapter 2: Organize the Session

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    Markers (2:41)


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    Track Naming (27:53)


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    Color Coding (3:03)


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    Track Clean Up (22:47)


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    Re-Ordering Tracks (6:47)


Chapter 3: Groups, Busses and FX

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    VCA Groups / Busses (4:35)


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    FX Returns (9:49)


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    Mix Bus Compression (9:35)


Chapter 4: Technical Issues

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    Timing Fixes (14:11)


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    Tuning Fixes (7:30)


Chapter 5: Basic Vocal / Drum Mix

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    Basic Vocal Sound (12:30)


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    Basic Drum Mix (12:56)


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    Overheads & Hi-Hat (9:04)


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    Room Mics (10:13)


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    The Kick Drum (12:46)


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    The Snare Drum (13:18)


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    The Tom Sound (5:38)


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    Parallel Compression (10:40)


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    Snare / Tamb Overdub (9:32)


Chapter 6: Bass and Keys

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    Bass Guitar (19:01)


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    Wurlitzer & Organ (13:59)


Chapter 7: Guitars

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    Main Guitar (8:36)


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    High Guitar (6:29)


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    Chorus Guitar (9:22)


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    Heavy Guitars (8:48)


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    Tremolo Guitars (9:54)


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    Riff & Octave Guitars (7:26)


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    Pick & Chicka Guitars (10:57)


Chapter 8: Piano and Mutes

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    The Piano (7:43)


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    Mute Sections (6:05)


Chapter 9: Final Vocal Mix

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    The Lead Vocal (17:23)


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    Vocal Harmonies (8:37)


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    Octave Vocals (7:06)


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    Background Vocals (17:40)


Chapter 10: Automation and Final Mix

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    Automation (23:41)


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    The Final Mix (6:26)


Multi-Platinum Engineer and Producer Kenny Gioia is back with an incredible, in-depth series on mixing rock! This collection allows you to peak over Kenny's shoulder as he takes a multi-tracked rock production and mixes it from the ground up. If you want to see how a professional mixer works his magic, this series is a must see.

Kenny starts with the raw tracks and covers topics such as getting ready to mix, track preparation and correction, using VCA Groups or Busses, effects, mix bus compression, vocal and drum mixes, vocal harmonies and backgrounds, guitars, bass, automation, the final mix and so much more.

This is a rare chance to see how a professional, veteran music producer / engineer crafts a rock mix from beginning to end. What would you pay to sit in on a session and watch? Well, this is your ticket to the show.


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dasegi
Submitted 8 months ago

Great!

Typical Kenny Gioia: Efficient explanations, clear, understandable, no bla bla! Thank you for this great tutorial!

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Ableton Live, Reaper

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CasperBHansen
Submitted 1 year ago

Really good, but...

Overall, this was really good! But the thing I was looking forward to see was how he EQ'd and compressed the kick drum. The fact that he used a layered sample on the kick to finish it up was very disappointing :(

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician

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norm
Submitted 1 year ago

Detailed and thorough

Covers a whole lot of the aspects of mixing a rock song. Easy to understand too

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Reaper

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fenderbender
Submitted 1 year ago

Thanks!

Now I´m starting to get to know Pro tools and mixing much better

I am a: Beginner, Musician, Pro Tools


Keith Watkins
Submitted 1 year ago

Great Tutorial

Thanks, I really saw it all coming together at last.

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Ninscrapl
Submitted 2 years ago

This is awesome and extremely helpful.

This is the second series I've watched by Kenny and he's an awesome instructor. It's like sitting next to Kenny while he's mixing the song in a one-on-one apprenticeship session! He does a great job of explaining how to build a foundation and then keep building on that to end up with a solid mix at the end. He explains some tips and tricks, as well as pitfalls to avoid. I recommend this for anyone new to mixing, and he does things in a way that will work with any DAW. Great job, Kenny, and thanks for the priceless video library Groove3!

I am a: Beginner, Producer, Musician, Hobbyist

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Kenabiyah
Submitted 2 years ago

Next level understanding

Groove3 makes understanding the mix process ...Sooo easy... should've invested earlier.

I am a: Mastering Facility, Professional, Audio Engineer

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PhilStuttard
Submitted 2 years ago

Amazing!

This is a fantastic series of tutorials. Kenny is an amazing tutor.

I am a: Producer, Professional

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alc0
Submitted 2 years ago

Top-notch instruction!

Kenny explains how to approach the incredibly subtle and technical task of mixing, and talks about it in a way where it looks easy. It is even starting to feel easy to me as I play with the steps in my DAW, and am seeing real progress!

I am a: Musician, Hobbyist

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williamssoundstudio
Submitted 2 years ago

More Like this Please Kenny!

Great Video Kenny! I've just watched this 'firts' mixing tutorial and cannot find fault at all. Really appreciate you showing your approach for this song. Any plans to make some more mixing tutorials? Would love to see how you would approach a simpler rock based band set up -- drums, bass, one guitar, one vocal.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I've played an instrument since I was 10. Drums and Trumpet. I'm 40 now. I can play a little bit of any instrument. Master of none. Rock bands most of my life.

2. What training have you had?

I was taught trumpet classically from grade school up until I graduated high school. I went to Five Towns College for engineering and learned that you can't just learn this stuff from school. I did graduate though.

3. When did you get into recording?

I've been recording since I was 15. Two cassette players wired to a Radio Shack mixer. Eventually I got an 8 track reel to reel by Fostex. I've used just about every DAW and I started using them before they even recorded audio. Vision and Performer were just MIDI sequencers at the time. Before they became Studio Vision and Digital Performer. I got studio jobs because I knew computer MIDI and most studios didn't. I eventually moved up to Sound Tools which was two track. Then Pro Tools made a Audio Media III card which let you have 4 inputs. Gradually I moved up from there with Pro Tools D24, Pro Tools Mix to HD.

4. People you have worked with/for?

Marcy Playground
Mandy Moore
LFO
Willa Ford
Lee Ann Womack
Paulina Rubio
Hall & Oates
Bayside
Head Automatica
Cute is What We Aim For
FTSK
and many more...

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Hmmm. My Mom always said "Self Praise Stinks". I think it's because I have no ability to talk like a professional announcer, or plan out my teachings. So I teach as if you were sitting next to me. Pretty much off the cuff. I think that engages people more. We're so used to hearing everything done so properly and planned out with unnecessary explanations and proper wording that the brain will actually ignore most of it. Your brain tunes it out like you're back at your desk at school. But if the teacher grabbed you aside and just explained it to you, I believe you'd get more out of it. That is what I try to do.

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Mixing Rock is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 10.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great! Typical Kenny Gioia: Efficient explanations, clear, understandable, no bla bla! Thank you for this great tutorial!
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Really good, but... Overall, this was really good! But the thing I was looking forward to see was how he EQ'd and compressed the kick drum. The fact that he used a layered sample on the kick to finish it up was very disappointing :(
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Detailed and thorough Covers a whole lot of the aspects of mixing a rock song. Easy to understand too
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Thanks! Now I´m starting to get to know Pro tools and mixing much better
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Tutorial Thanks, I really saw it all coming together at last.
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from This is awesome and extremely helpful. This is the second series I've watched by Kenny and he's an awesome instructor. It's like sitting next to Kenny while he's mixing the song in a one-on-one apprenticeship session! He does a great job of explaining how to build a foundation and then keep building on that to end up with a solid mix at the end. He explains some tips and tricks, as well as pitfalls to avoid. I recommend this for anyone new to mixing, and he does things in a way that will work with any DAW. Great job, Kenny, and thanks for the priceless video library Groove3!
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Next level understanding Groove3 makes understanding the mix process ...Sooo easy... should've invested earlier.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Amazing! This is a fantastic series of tutorials. Kenny is an amazing tutor.
Date published: 2016-11-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Top-notch instruction! Kenny explains how to approach the incredibly subtle and technical task of mixing, and talks about it in a way where it looks easy. It is even starting to feel easy to me as I play with the steps in my DAW, and am seeing real progress!
Date published: 2016-08-14
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from More Like this Please Kenny! Great Video Kenny! I've just watched this 'firts' mixing tutorial and cannot find fault at all. Really appreciate you showing your approach for this song. Any plans to make some more mixing tutorials? Would love to see how you would approach a simpler rock based band set up -- drums, bass, one guitar, one vocal.
Date published: 2016-06-29
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