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Mixing Urban Pop

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    Preparing to Mix (17:57)


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    Setting Levels & Faders (18:27)


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    Drums & Bass (15:53)


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    Synthetic Elements (21:41)


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    Vocal Elements Pt. 1 (23:29)


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    Vocal Elements Pt. 2 (26:23)


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    Track Tweaks 1 (18:50)


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    Track Tweaks 2 (15:48)


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    Final Changes (32:57)


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.


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Jordy McFly
Submitted 3 days ago

So far so good

Only a few vids in but a lot of new things about mixing already learned

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, FL Studio, Pro Tools

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Mjames4208
Submitted 9 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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McCool
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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Garbell
Submitted 1 year ago

Love it

Very helpful

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PhilStuttard
Submitted 2 years ago

Some Interesting ideas

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

I am a: Producer, Professional

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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 4.2 out of 5 by 5 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from So far so good Only a few vids in but a lot of new things about mixing already learned
Date published: 2018-09-22
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
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