Mixing a Song From Start to Finish
- 8 hours on-demand video
- 7 downloadable resources
- Full lifetime access
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- Certificate of Completion
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- create a pop style mix that is ready for mastering
- edit and pitch correct vocals
- use effects such as equalizers, compressors, noise gates, reverb, delay and modulation properly
- setup submix routing
- use automation to change elements in a song
- Download the audio files (I will walk you through this in the 2nd lecture).
- You will need some kind of mixing software (i.e. Pro Tools, Logic, Nuendo, Reaper, FL Studio, Audacity, etc.) Avid's Pro Tools software is used for the lectures in this course.
- And you will need a good quality playback system (speakers and headphones) in order to mix.
Mixing music can be an overwhelming job sometimes. This course aims to break down the task of mixing in to it's basic steps. Students can follow along with the instructor by downloading the provided audio files and mixing the same song as the instructor used for the lectures.
This course should take several weeks to complete. Allow yourself enough time to digest the material before focusing on the next topic. "Mixing a Song From Start to Finish" is structured to cover the process of mixing a song from the first step to the final step in order.
If you have tried mixing before, and know the basics of audio engineering, you are the perfect candidate for this class. It's time to take your skills to the next level!
- This music mixing course is meant for audio engineers, producers, artists and musicians who are looking to take their songs to the "next level." Some prior experience mixing music is assumed. This course is probably not for you if you've never tried to mix a song before.
Welcome to "Mixing a Song From Start to Finish!" Please take a moment to check out an overview of what will be covered in the course.
This course is set up so that you can follow along in your own studio while mixing the same song as the instructor. There is a zip file included with this lecture containing the tracked out audio files for you to use. This video provides the step by step process to import the files and get started.
Delay is basically a rhythmic echo blended with a track. Yet this simple effect can create some intense results. In this video you will learn how to go about setting a delay effect.
Often times, mixing a song requires editing the audio files in some way. This section is dedicated to some of the common edits done on vocals.
One of the most common instruments found in modern music, guitars require a subtle touch most of the time. They can often get in the way of vocals (and other instruments) when mixing. This video shows some techniques for applying the basic and parallel effects for creating a good tone on electric guitars.
Mixing a song requires lots of little tweaks to your settings as you work. Coming back to the studio after listening to your work on different playback systems requires some changes to be made. This video talks about what to listen for and how to implement the changes that your mix needs.
Background vocals should stand out from the lead vocals, but not distract from the lead. You can use some different settings on your basic effects like EQ and compression to give them a different sonic quality. Then add a different reverb and/or delay setting to help them stand out from the lead at a lower volume.
Again, listening to your mix on as many different speakers and headphones as possible is always beneficial. It offers different perspectives on how the mix actually sounds. At this point it is time to reference the mix on some different playback systems again. The mix version bounced from this video is available for download for you to reference.