Mixing Genres Tutorial

Mixing Urban Pop

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    Tutorial 1

    Preparing to Mix


    Michael talks about mixing in general, his gear, how to setup and use a template for mixing, routing, using different monitors and more.

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    Tutorial 2

    Setting Levels & Faders


    Michael runs through the song and shows you how to get a rough mix going while focusing on keeping your gain structure healthy and safe.

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    Tutorial 3

    Drums & Bass


    Michaels starts to mix the drums, perc, FX and bass elements first in this song. Watch him hone these instruments in using EQ, compression, reverb, delay and get the mix going.

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    Tutorial 4

    Synthetic Elements


    Michael now focuses on the numerous synth parts of the song and blends them into an interesting 3D soundscape using advanced EQ'ing and routing to various effects.

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    Tutorial 5

    Vocal Elements Pt. 1


    Michael breaks down all the vocal tracks and figures out the role that each plays in the song. Michael then starts to carve and shape them using his various DAW tools.

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    Tutorial 6

    Vocal Elements Pt. 2


    Michael now turns to the rap vocal tracks and gets them seated in the mix properly while continuing to work on the main vocal parts and harmonies.

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    Tutorial 7

    Track Tweaks 1


    Michael now starts to jump around the mix fine tuning different things. Tuning vocals, adding special effects such as distortion, grouping vocals for better mixing control and much more are shown.

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    Tutorial 8

    Track Tweaks 2


    Michael focuses on more needed refinements in the song such as vocal level placement, EQ and compression. The bass sound is also revisited and further massaged into shape.

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    Tutorial 9

    Final Changes


    After a long 'ear break' Michael made many changes to the mix off camera. In this video he reveals all of them and exactly what he did to arrive at the final mix.

If you're looking to learn how to mix urban pop, look no further. Australian mix master Michael Costa is going to show you the tricks of the trade. Michael starts with a raw mix of "Doin' Ma Thang" by upcoming super artist Tessa Cattanach, and goes through it all ending with a professional sounding radio mix that gets your head nodding.

See how Michael sets up his session, uses templates, creates routing, uses EQ, compression and effects to create a 3D space, banging drums, fat bass, "in your face" vocals and more. You'll see both mistakes and revelations happen as they occur, in this real-world mix session.

After watching you'll have knowledge that usually takes years to gain through much trial and error, and your mixes will greatly improve by applying Michaels techniques and tricks to your productions. The info is shown in Pro Tools 8, but is all about mixing, so it can be applied to any DAW. Get your mix groove going, check out "Mixing Urban Pop" today.

Submitted 3 months ago

This is just what the Doctor ordered

This tutorial was amazing. I only wish that it was done in Logic Pro X.

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Submitted 1 year ago

I liked it

I found thins video interesting and complete.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Mastering Facility, Ableton Live, Digital Performer, Logic Pro, Pro Tools

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Submitted 1 year ago

Love it

Very helpful

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Submitted 1 year ago

Some Interesting ideas

The series has some interesting ideas. It is not one of my favourites but there are some useful ideas included.

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I was classically trained in piano from the age of 7 and had a strong obsession with popular music right throughout my youth. I played keyboards in various rock bands in the mid 80's but found a pronounced leaning towards the technology and computer side of music as samplers and computers became more attainable in the late 80's.

2. What training have you had?

In 1989 I completed my Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Music Technology from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. Much of my tech knowledge in those pre-internet days came from devouring issues of Keyboard, Mix and EM - monthly, without fail.

3. When did you get into recording?

I started getting into recording in 1984 with a Tascam 244 4-track cassette system. In 1989 I moved to a Digidesign Sound Tools II system - a true random access 2 track editor - and that was the beginning of a long association with Digidesign products. I married this hardware up to Opcode's Studio Vision for many years as well as getting in at the ground floor with Pro Tools v1 in 1991. I've been a Pro Tools user since then right up to the current day.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I've been lucky enough to work with a huge cross section of talent within the Australian music scene. Names like: INXS, Little River Band, John Farnham, Kasey Chambers and Richard Clapton. Plus music editing on breakout movies like Shine and Strictly Ballroom with Oscar nominated composer, David Hirschfelder.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I think I'm good at training because I really love this stuff - I genuinely want to show people how cool these tools are. Even as a fully grown adult, I still find myself getting excited like a little kid about the magic we can do with our systems these days and wondering how far it can go in the years to come. I hope that enthusiasm is contagious!

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Mixing Urban Pop is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from This is just what the Doctor ordered This tutorial was amazing. I only wish that it was done in Logic Pro X.
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 2.5 out of 5 by from I liked it I found thins video interesting and complete.
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Love it Very helpful
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 2.0 out of 5 by from Some Interesting ideas The series has some interesting ideas. It is not one of my favourites but there are some useful ideas included.
Date published: 2016-11-12