Master the Art of Mixing Electronic Music
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Master the Art of Mixing Electronic Music

Learn how to take your mixes to the next level and beyond with the help of our professional mixing engineer
4.7 (10 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
39 students enrolled
Created by Born To Produce
Last updated 8/2016
English
Price: $55
30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
Includes:
  • 4.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Approach any mix with the confidence that you are making the right decisions
  • Create tight and roomy bottom end in every one of your mixes
  • Balance your mixes so the most important element is the one shouting and the other elements are not fighting for the same space
  • Choose the right elements to make mixing as effortless as possible
  • Enhance the sound stages space with reverb
  • Create space between the various elements using group / bus mixing, opposite EQ's and parallel processing
  • Create contrast between the different sections of the track to give them greater emotional depth
  • Use reference tracks wisely and make your tracks transferable onto as many mediums as possible
  • Enhance your mixes stereo field with panning and mid / side processing
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Requirements
  • A basic understanding of music production is helpful
  • A basic understanding of your DAW of choice
Description

You should take this course if you are having trouble getting your mixes to sound tight and spacious, if you are having problems getting that 'BIG' vocal/lead/bass sound or if you are starting to understand that there is more to making good sounding music than just chucking a few sounds together in your DAW of choice. It is aimed at 'advanced beginners' to intermediate skill levels.

This course is about music production; it is not DAW specific. So if you use anything from Cubase to Pro Tools to FL Studio, this course can still help you.

This course is designed so that you do not have to watch it from start to finish. For example; if you are having problems getting the low end of your mixes to sound tight and roomy then you can just go straight to the low end section and work through the steps there. Or as you work on your own mixes, when faced with a particular issue, you can just watch the relevant videos in this tutorial to help you make the right choices.

Who is the target audience?
  • If you are struggling to get your mixes to sound good, this course is for you
  • This course is for anyone who is looking to improve the audio fidelity of their mixes
  • This course is suited to intermediate beginners and upwards
  • This course is not suitable for music profesionals
  • This course is purely about music production, it does not matter which software DAW you are using
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Curriculum For This Course
25 Lectures
04:39:57
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Welcome
1 Lecture 03:20

Your tutor, Jon Merritt welcomes you to the course and talks about how to best use the knowledge contained within these lessons

Preview 03:20
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Let's Get Started
2 Lectures 24:17

In this lesson we tackle foundation knowledge of mixing like best mixing practices and tips on getting started. By the end of this lesson you will know:

  • What to do if you are having difficulty getting your mixes to sound great and the steps you can take to rectify this
  • What play back volume level is best for mixing
  • Why panning should be used after EQ and not instead of
  • Why you should always balance the input and output levels when adding plug-in effects
Preview 16:09

Great mixing is all about balance. In this lesson we look at the correct mindset and how to approach your mixes so that the main element of your mix always takes centre stage. By the end of this lesson you will know:

  • Why people can't seem to get that 'BIG' vocal / lead (main element) sound, and what to do about it
  • Why picking the right elements of your track is vital to getting a good mix
  • How to approach the mix so that all the elements work together instead of fighting each other
  • Why too many things shouting for attention in your mix will make your main element sound small, we look at how to stop this
Approach - Shining A Light On The Right Elements
08:08

Ok, let's see if you can remember the most important points from the lesson :)

Let's get started - Quiz
5 questions
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Mixing the Low End
5 Lectures 35:24

Low end can be one of the hardest things to get right in your mixes. In this lesson we look at external factors like your mixing environment to minimise unwanted acoustic feedback and how to overcome them. By the end of this lesson you will know:

  • Why your mixing environment is important for mixing low end frequencies
  • What can happen if you mix in a bad acoustic environment
  • How to use headphones, frequency analysers and reference tracks to minimise the harmful effects of a bad mix environment on your mixes
  • Where to start if you want to treat your room. Hint, start with bass traps :)
  • Why it is important to give the low end room in your mix
  • Any element that has a strong bass 'presence' should be considered part of the bass group. We look at why this is and the benefits to perceiving the low end in this way
Mixing Low End - Preface
05:49

The first step in getting a good low end mix. In this lesson we look at the importance of picking the right sub bass sound for your tracks. By the end of this lesson you will know:

  • Why not all bass sounds / patches are equal
  • Why the bass line sound / patch needs to be carefully selected just like you would for the lead sound
  • How to go about using a dedicated sub bass for your tracks and why this is such a good thing
  • The steps necessary to get the low end of a track with multiple chopped up bass lines working well together
Mixing Low End - Picking The Right Bass
07:51

Making sure the kick is in the same key as your bass line is vital to getting a good low end mix. In this lesson we look at how to check what key the kick is in, and tune it if needed. By the end of this lesson you will know:

  • How to detect and analyse what key any element in your low end is in
  • How to tune the kick instrument to get in into the right key
  • How much you need to change the key of an element by and how to decide by using the other elements of your mix
  • Whether other elements like the snare need tuning


06 Mixing Low End - Tuning
05:19

Side chaining is a fantastic mixing tool. In this lesson we look at how to create space for each element that makes up the low end of your mix. By the end of this lesson you will know:

  • What and how compression is and how side chain compression differs from standard compression
  • Why side chaining is such a great tool for mixing the low end of your mix
  • How to get a roomy but tight low end mix in any track
  • Why and when you would want to use multiband side chaining over normal side chain compression
  • How to use multiband side chaining to effect only the sub bass frequencies and leave the mid and high frequencies untouched
Mixing Low End - Side Chaining
09:54

Low frequencies have low stereo definition. In this lesson we will look at how to tighten up the low end and make it even more punchy by using selective monoing. By the end of this lesson you will know:

  • Why sub bass has a low stereo definition and what this means for mixing
  • What frequencies to 'make mono'
  • How to make any band of frequencies mono and leave the rest untouched
  • What effects monoing the sub bass has other than just reducing the stereo width
  • Where in your mix you should apply the make mono effect
Mixing Low End - Make Mono
06:31

Let's go over the most important points and see what you have learned :)

Mixing The Low End - Quiz
6 questions
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Group & Bus Mixing
4 Lectures 40:34

Good mixes need separation between the elements. In this lesson we start looking at group and bus mixing. By the end of this lesson you will know:

  • How to use advanced routing to separate the different elements of your mixes to be able to create more space
  • How much of an effect you can use at the different stages (instrument track, group track, master out)
  • How different genres of music may affect your routing
Group Mixing - Separate
09:14

EQ is a fundamental mixing tool. In this lesson we will look at how to use EQ to further separate and enhance the elements of your mixes. By the end of this lesson you will know:

  • How to prevent any other element in your mix from interfering with your low end mix
  • How to make that process dynamic for better results
  • How to create more room for certain elements by using matched opposite EQ's
  • How far to go with EQ
Group Mixing - EQ
08:56

Compression is another fundamental mixing tool but needs to be used wisely. In this lesson we will look at the different uses for compression and where to use them. By the end of this lesson you will know:

  • Whether to use compression or leave an element alone
  • What multiband compression is and why you will want to use it
  • How to get good results with multiband compression
  • Why using small amounts of extreme settings can be a really helpful mixing tool to make your mixes pop
Group Mixing - Compression
11:14

Can you ever have enough room in your mix? In this lesson we look at using a more organic way of creating space between the elements. By the end of this lesson you will know:

  • How to use side chained multiband compression to dynamically create space between elements within your mix
  • What frequencies to use to use to trigger the compressor
  • How to mix and match these space giving techniques for best effect
Group Mixing - Creating Dynamic Space
11:10

A round up quiz of all the most important points

Group and Bus Mixing - Quiz
4 questions
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Creating Space
4 Lectures 42:28

Embellishing the emotional depth of a track and making a mix interesting is one of the jobs of a mixing engineer. In this lesson we will look at why creating contrast in your mixes is so important. By the end of this lesson you will know:

  • How to create greater emotional depth and make your mixes more interesting
  • How to create contrast between the different sections of your mixes
  • How to use various techniques to achieve this
  • How to use automation to make this job easier
Creating Space - Contrast
07:33

Panning is an essential mixing tool. In this lesson we will look at the different panning modes available in most DAW's and the benefits of either. By the end of this lesson you will know:

  • What the different panning modes available to you are
  • Which panning mode to use and how this can help tie your mix together
  • Why picking the right elements in the first place will lead to a much easier mix


Creating Space - Panning
09:44

Reverb is one of the most mis-used tools in a DAW. In this lesson we will look at how to correctly use reverb to create a believable space that can be used on any instrument in the mix. By the end of this lesson you will know:

  • How to create a believable 'space' using multiple reverbs
  • How to create a space which has depth and height and use this correctly on anything from the sub to the lead synth
  • How much reverb should you use
  • What reverb times should be used for different tracks / different speeds
Creating Space - Reverb
15:47

Mid side processing has because popular in modern music. In this lesson we will look at the use of mid / side processing and how it can affect your mix. By the end of this lesson you will know:
    • What mid/side processing is and how it works
    • How to enhance the stereo width of your mixes using mid/side processing
    • The limitations of mid/side processing
    • The possible situations where mid/side processing can be beneficial in your mixes

  • Creating Space - Mid Side Processing
    09:24

    Let's see what the main points are and what you have learned

    Creating Space - End of Section Quiz
    4 questions
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    Reference Tracks and Transferability
    1 Lecture 08:29

    These days your mixes will be played on everything from phones to club systems. In this lesson we will look at how to use reference tracks and how to make your mixes sound good on as many playback mediums as possible. By the end of this lesson you will know:

    • How to use reference track wisely and not get bogged down trying to mirror another producer's sound
    • The steps needed to get your mixes to sound good on as many different playback mediums as possible
    • What to look for when comparing your mix to a reference track
    • The benefits of using reference tracks
    Transferability and Reference Tracks
    08:29

    The final quiz, let's go over the most important facts

    Transferability and Reference Tracks - End of Section Quiz
    2 questions
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    Putting it into Practice - Live Mix 1
    4 Lectures 58:53

    In this video I live mix a 'down tempo' electronic track to show you where and how the tools I have been showing you fit into the actual mixing process (part 1)

    Complete Mix 01 Part 1
    15:22

    In this video I live mix a 'down tempo' electronic track to show you where and how the tools I have been showing you fit into the actual mixing process (part 2)

    Complete Mix 01 Part 2
    16:08

    In this video I live mix a 'down tempo' electronic track to show you where and how the tools I have been showing you fit into the actual mixing process (part 3)

    Complete Mix 01 Part 3
    14:35

    In this video I live mix a 'down tempo' electronic track to show you where and how the tools I have been showing you fit into the actual mixing process (part 4)

    Complete Mix 01 Part 4
    12:48
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    Putting it into Practice - Live Mix 2
    4 Lectures 01:06:32

    In this video I live mix a busy house track to show you where and how the tools I have been showing you fit into the actual mixing process (part 1)

    Complete Mix 02 Part 1
    17:58

    In this video I live mix a busy house track to show you where and how the tools I have been showing you fit into the actual mixing process (part 2)

    Complete Mix 02 Part 2
    17:44

    In this video I live mix a busy house track to show you where and how the tools I have been showing you fit into the actual mixing process (part 3)

    Complete Mix 02 Part 3
    15:14

    In this video I live mix a busy house track to show you where and how the tools I have been showing you fit into the actual mixing process (part 4)

    Complete Mix 02 Part 4
    15:36
    About the Instructor
    Born To Produce
    4.7 Average rating
    10 Reviews
    39 Students
    1 Course
    Professional Electronic Music Producers and Tutors

    Welcome, from Jay and Jon, co-founders of Born To Produce. 
    Between us we have over 35 years experience of making and teaching electronic music production. Over that time we have had to overcome all of the problems and learn all of the skills necessary to produce music at a professional level. 
    We have experimented with the best ways of passing on these skills to our students and now have the most streamlined process possible to get the skills that we know inside out, into your head so they can be used as and when they are needed.
    Of course there is no substitution for putting the time in and experimenting your self. But with the right guidance and the right 'base' skills, you can shave years of the learning curve to becoming a professional music producer.
    We are very friendly and like to chat to our students. We offer help and support for those who need it so if you have a question or a problem then please feel free to contact us here on Udemy. We will do our best to get back to you quickly :)