Build a strong foundation in Mixing with this course for beginners.
A Powerful Skill at Your Fingertips
Learning fundamentals of mixing electronic music in Pro Tools puts a powerful and very useful skill at your fingertips. Pro Tools is the Photoshop for professional music production and mixing. EDM genres are plentiful, and being able to learn mixing will give you a strong background to more easily pick up new projects.
Content and Overview
Suitable for beginners, through this course you’ll learn the fundamentals of mixing. Included are quizzes to enhance our video training.
Starting with the basics on setting a new mix session, we touch on the importance of proper gain staging, as well as keyboard shortcuts for a speedier workflow.
Our focus is not a tutorial, but a comprehensive course of what you need to know.
Students completing this course will have the “know-how” to mixing in Pro Tools for any music project.
What are the requirements?
What am I going to get from this course?
What is the target audience?
Welcome to this course. In this video we lay out the course objectives. This is what you will expect to learn for the rest of the series. Hope you enjoy!
In this chapter you'll learn how to analyze your files prior to importing them to your session. It's important to keep a consistent file format through the project.
In this chapter you'll learn how to properly set the gain levels on your audio before you hit the mixer to ensure proper mixing levels.
Setting up your tracks to a certain order will help you avoid confusion when you start mixing. Using color coding also helps as a visual cue to address instrument sections in the mixer.
Let's test your noggin!
In this chapter you'll learn how to approach balancing the mix. Before diving into EQ and compression its best to have a static mix that sounds balanced. This is necessary before any automation or buss processing.
In this chapter you'll learn how to setup markers to easily navigate through the song. Most DAW have markers to setup for parts of the song (intro, verse, chorus, etc...)
Let's start mixing the drums. This is where we spend the bulk of our time ensuring we have a strong foundation. This foundation will give way to mixing the rest of the instruments.
A deeper dive into plugins. Here we begin to use EQ, compression, and parallel processing techniques as well as choosing the right types of processors for enhancing our drums.
Finalizing the drums with buss processing. As a broader sonic stroke, we can affect all the drums being sent to a buss.
Getting loud and clear sounding drums
With EDM the lead synth is the star of the track. If there are no vocal singers then the lead synth is usually the main hook of the song. Ensuring its not harsh we walk through the steps for applying EQ and compression.
Once the initial track processing is in place, the real magic happens in the buss track by enhancing the synth even more with wideners.
In this chapter we take a basic sounding horn section and make it fit into the mix to where it has more punch and clarity without it sounding muddy.
Advantages of using subtractive EQ.
Vocal samples and fx have been a staple of EDM music and in this video we learn how to process them so they pop out of the mix as a crucial part of the production.
The sound effects fill out transitions between song sections. These are sometimes used instead of drum fills or crashes but can have a tendency to be harsh, so using EQ and buss processing is very important.
Single band vs multi-band
Finally, the master buss processing. This stage helps to glue your mix using parallel distortion and bus EQ as well as limiting for DYI mastering.
Proven techniques for finalizing your mix.
A veteran in the Industry, Alex has worked for major companies including Avid, Digidesign, M-Audio, Akai Professional, just to name a few. Obtaining a B.A. in Music Technology, Alex has since become an effective product trainer and evangelist.
Alex has gained his popularity in the social network providing cunning videos online. Whether it’s explaining mixing concepts or showing the latest tools in digital audio, his ability to educate the online community is one worth watching.