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Producing Modern Country

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Chapter 1 : Getting Started

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    DrFord welcomes you and lets you know what to expect from the series. The final mastered product is showcased.

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    This video runs down the contents of the finished product and details audio / visual setup and preferences to maximize your workflow and productivity.

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    Setting Up the Song

    Starting with an empty session, a pre-recorded 'scratch guitar' is used to place markers and set our arrangement. The session is then prepared for multi-track recording live drums (off-camera).

Chapter 2 : Multi-Track Drum Editing and Mixing

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    Editing Drums

    Learn DrFord's method for 'quantizing' multi-tracked drums to the grid without loosing feel or creating 'out of phase' problems.

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    Mixing Drums Pt. 1

    DrFord shows you the importance of the 80hz high-pass filter, talks about the basics of compression and types of compressors, and begins the mixing process for the live drums on kick, snare, and live claps.

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    Mixing Drums Pt. 2

    DrFord mixes the hi-hat, stereo overhead mic’s and toms. Two special reverbs are set up just for the drums.

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    Mixing Drums Pt. 3

    Bus compression is added to the live drum group, several effects are 'printed' with bus routing to save processor power, and our drum section is visually 'cleaned up' in preparation for recording bass guitar.

Chapter 3 : Instruments

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    Bass Guitar

    DrFord edits, and mixes the direct input (D.I.) bass guitar.

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    Rhythm Guitar

    DrFord edits and mixes the multi-tracked Les Paul Custom electric guitar through a Genz Benz Black Pearl amplifier, playing the backing riff and chorus parts.

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    Lead Guitar

    DrFord edits and mixes the multi-tracked G&L semi-hollow Telecaster Electric guitar through a Genz Benz Black Pearl amplifier, playing the stage rhythm and lead guitar parts.

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    Organ & Fiddle

    DrFord records and mixes the genre specific 'Country' instruments.

Chapter 4 : Vocals

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    Vocal Tracking & Theory

    DrFord reveals the secrets to professional sounding vocals by divulging the custom 'Expanded Country Scale', and gives a brief introduction to the 'Nashville Number System'.

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    S.T.E.P. (Tuning)

    Using the 'Expanded Country Scale' and Melodyne Editor, vocals are properly tuned to maintain Country performance bends, flips, and vocal tricks without 'Auto-Tune' like sound artifacts.

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    S.T.E.P. (Vocal Editing)

    Post-tuned vocals are now timing adjusted for feel, and sections are composited together to create the best possible total performance.

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    S.T.E.P. (Sibilance & Plosives)

    DrFord shows you how to properly remove harsh 'S' sounds (De-Essing), and hard 'P' sounds (Plosives) by hand with gain and EQ plug-ins. No expensive third party plug-ins needed.

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    Lead Vocal Mixing

    Lead vocal is properly mixed to control volume changes, compression is applied in series, and the Waves 'Vocal Rider' plug-in is used.

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    BGV Vocal Mixing

    Background vocals (BGV’s) are recorded, edited using the S.T.E.P. system, and mixed to create 'lift' and harmony.

Chapter 5 : Final Mix, Master and Delivery

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    Volume Automation Pt. 1

    DrFord shows you the basics of recording automation, and begins writing volume changes to the guitar and vocal sections.

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    Volume Automation Pt. 2

    Off-camera volume automation work is shown and the mixing phase is completed. Preparations for the mastering phase are also made.

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    Mastering Pt. 1

    DrFord’s mentor, Grammy nominated engineer Derek Jones, is invited to help master the track where his choices are explained and demonstrated.

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    Mastering Pt. 2

    The second half of the mastering processors are explained. The series of EQ’s, compressors, and parallel compression adds volume, punch and excitement to the final mastered project.

Product Overview

Want to learn how to produce the radio-quality modern country music heard on today's airwaves? After watching this awesome series by DrFord, you'll know how to get that huge, kickin' sound out of your county productions. Also, you can apply what's shown to any genre of rock, so don't think this series is for country folk only.

Nashville and Los Angeles producer DrFord takes you step by step through the series starting with showcasing the Hannah Anders Band's final mix of their rockin' track "Turn It Up". DrFord then breaks it all down from the beginning showing you how he arrived at that mix, covering topics such as session setup, multi-track drum editing, drum sub-mixes, bass, guitar, organ and fiddle editing and mixing, vocal tracking and scale theory, the S.T.E.P. vocal system, Final Mix, Master and delivery and much, much more.

If you're ready to get serious about your Country or Rock productions, this collection of videos paves the way. Learn the secrets to creating those big, radio-ready mixes now... Get "Modern Country Production" today.

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Producing Modern Country is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 7 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Extremely worth every penny ! I buy a lot of videos on mixing and this was one of the best and helpful things to watch
Date published: 2019-03-30
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by from Hard to Review: Nuggets and Pebbles ... I have seen other tutorials by this presenter and I am personally uneasy with his "I am the guru, you have to adore me"-attitude that he is showing in this (old) video as well. Your mileage may vary and maybe you are a fan, so I apologize for any doubts I may have.
The series begins with the presenter telling his audience that the tool he is going to use it absolutely not up to the job. Odd? Well, it seems that he believes in "industry standards are to be used, even if they are bad, fail you and make your work harder than necessary". I have dumped quite a lot of "industry standard" software tools because of their bad programming, lack of stability/performance, bad Q.A. and have never looked back. There are alternatives - starting a tutorial by telling you that the tool is known to fail is ... weird.
The presenter builds up the production the "standard way", starting with a sketch, creating a drum track, bass, guitars, vocals. This is fine and easy to follow along if you have got some basic understanding of how your tools work.
However, the presenter seems constantly unfocused. I consider it a didactic misconception to just open a ready-made project and explain "what you've done". People can learn more if you build something from scratch (which he claims he's doing, but in fact, he is only redoing some of the steps he did before, he is not EXPLORING the project but blindly repeating. That's where he's losing focus!). He is making minor, unimportant mistakes that probably irritate the beginner without ever going back and correcting himself. He repeats marketing claims by software vendors without thinking about what he's repeating (example: his beloved 10 microseconds on 44.1kHz sampling is HALF a sample. Telling the audience that this is "the fastest attack you can get" is just missing the point, since these 10 microseconds just have no meaning on the frequency he is sampling at - he's often confusing digital workflows with analogue workflows, where I am absolutely certain he knows EXACTLY what he is talking about, but chooses to ignore it because he doesn't take his audience seriously).
He ends more than every second sentence by "right?" or "OK?", starts with "I want you to do this ...", as if he's speaking to school kids, which I find highly disturbing.
Yes, I am bragging about the tutor, not the content - that is because TEACHING is an art, just like producing is. If the teaching style gets in the way of getting the content across, something's wrong.
The content IS GOOD. I can recommend watching this - and other videos by the same tutor - for the knowledge (despite the lack of focus), if you can get around his know-it-all-attitude.
That is why I find it hard to review this course. I am getting old. My skin is getting thinner when it comes to being treated like I am stupid.
(I am giving lower ratings on the viewing quality because the videos only show a very small part of an actual screen - partially due to the age of the videos, obviously.)

Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Great Job This Section On Country Music Helped Me Immensely, I Cannot Thank Them Enough.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Awesome video! Really helpful Explaining everything in detail has really improved my mixing!
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Finally A Country Mix Tutorial! No Complaints. It's a little old but ideas still apply.Very thoughtful delivery and I picked up a ton of Protools tips. I think anyone looking to learn about Country Mixing will enjoy. I especially liked the theory on Vocals and tuning. Thx Doc..
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Some really Interesting Ideas and applications. This video gives some great insight into modern production. I really enjoyed the series.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Good content with a spattering of errors The general content and stuff that is presented is good. He has plenty of good tips and techniques that are applicable to many styles. He tends to make mistakes quite often like mistaking a tom hit for a snare hit, missing some cross fades, 3dB at 4Hz to a high pass filtered high hat? Generally good but some of the technical things he says just don't make sense.
Date published: 2016-07-17
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