Mixing Music: Learn how to get an awesome sounding drum mix!

Mixing Music for Beginners: Learn some of the BEST techniques in the industry used on multiple platinum selling records!
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  • Lectures 16
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 3/2014 English

Course Description

Beginners, take this course and start creating awesome sounding drum mixes for your personal music projects - sound better and get noticed more - or if you're an experienced engineer, refresh your skills and knowledge - keep your reputation and identity as a pro mixing engineer!

We've been recording and mixing music professionally for over 2 decades, learn from the pro's. 30 day money back guarantee, no questions asked. It's our personal promise that this course will improve your mixes.

About this course:
This class is a step by step guide to mixing an acoustic drum set for beginners. The videos for this class will walk you through the thought process of an audio engineer as he edit's and mixes a drum kit. Within this class we'll explore mixing buses, phase issues, quantizing and sampling, and mixing techniques using plug-in effects. In no time you will have the skills and knowledge to start getting great sounding drum mixes

We highly encourage student/teacher interaction, so If at any point you have questions or would like to start a discussion, don't hesitate to ask the instructor. This class is recommended for beginner to intermediate engineers and/or producers using any type of DAW.

The class is divided into 3 Sections:

Section 1 explores session preparation, an essential first step to any mix. Buses and auxiliary channels are used to organize and simplify the mix. Phasing issues between drum elements - which can kill the power of a drum kit - are identified and resolved. Finally, a rough mix is built by panning and balancing levels between tracks, establishing a solid foundation for the progression of the mix.

Section 2 explores the next crucial step to a professional sounding mix: editing. The drums will be quantized by using Beat Detective in Pro Tools - manual quantizing will also be examined. The drum sound will be beefed up through the use of sampling, a popular technique used in modern mixing. Then the sound will be cleaned up by "gating" some of the drum elements using Strip Silence in Pro Tools, creating a professional, polished sound.

Section 3 gets into the actual mixing part of the process. Balance, space, and power are added to the drums through the use of compression, equalization, reverb, and parallel compression.

By the end of this course you’ll be able to

  • Use Aux tracks and buses to sum tracks.
  • Identify and correct phase issues.
  • Quantize drums to the grid.
  • Add triggered drum samples.
  • Gate tracks using modern non-linear editing techniques.
  • Use compression to shape the sound of the each part of the drum kit.
  • Use equalization to enhance the tone of each part of the drum kit.
  • Use reverb to add space and depth to the drum kit.
  • Use parallel compression to enhance the sound of the drum kit.

What happens if you don't get professional help?
Well ask yourself this, 3 months from now how much better will my music sound? The reality is without proper training it won't sound much different. Yes, you can spend hours, days, and weeks trying to find YouTube clips online, but they only do so much. This mixing class has over 1.5 hours of instruction from a professional Recording Studio with over 25 years of experience servicing some of the biggest bands in the world. Invest in something that matters, your passion in creating music! We're the answer to help you get better.

P.S The final sound of a mix is very subjective. For example, some may love a big roomy sound for the drums, others might prefer a dryer, tighter sound. With that in mind, the reasoning behind each mix move will be explained so that you can take the techniques learned here and apply them to your own mix.

What are the requirements?

  • Basic understanding of Computer Recording
  • Basic understanding of Audio Signal Flow
  • Basic understanding of Equalization, Compression, Delay, and Reverb
  • Pro Tools is recommended but not required

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 25 years of experience and expertise from a professional recording studio that has serviced bands such as U2, Blink 182, Switchfoot, Icona Pop and many many more.
  • By the end of this course, you will be able to create a professional sounding mix of an acoustic drum kit.

Who is the target audience?

  • Beginner and Intermediate levels.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Preparation

Introducing "Preparation" our 1st section of this class, which consists of creating busses, checking for phase issues and balancing our sound.


Creating master busses for drum groups, for making mixing adjustments easier in the future.

Important Blog Links:
Auxes and Buses


Correcting phasing issues between our drum tracks, so our sound will not be weakened.

Important Blog Links:
Phase Coherence


Panning the tracks along the stereo spread to find a good starting balance for our levels

Important Blog Links:


A quick summary in regards to the preparation performed for our drum mix.

Section 2: Editing

Introducing "Editing" our 2nd section of this class, which consists of quantization, sampling, and strip silence.


Quantizing our drums so that they are in-time, giving us a tighter more professional sounding performance.

Important Blog Links:
Properly Editing Audio


Sampling to reinforce our drum kit sound to give it a more contemporary feel.


Essentially gating to get a cleaner more polished sound.


A quick summary in regards to the editing performed on our drum tracks.

Section 3: Mixing

Introducting the last section "Mixing", which consists of compression, equalization, reverb, and effects.


Adding power and definition to the sound.

Important Blog Links:


Shaping the tone of the drums.

Important Blog Links:


Gluing the sounds of the drums together while giving it space and depth.

Important Blog Links:
Effects: Reverb and Delay


Adding parallel compression to our final drum mix.

Important Blog Links:
Parallel Compression


A quick summary of all the techniques and tools used to achieve our drum sound.

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Instructor Biography

Signature Sound, Discover Your Signature Sound

Signature Sound has been in business for over 25 years servicing Artists/Bands such as U2, Blink 182, Switchfoot, Akon, and Producers such as Jerry Finn, Steve Churchyard, Vincent Di Pasquale, Kiko Cibrian and many more. Signature Sound's commitment is to share our vast experience and expertise on a global scale. Learning from working professionals who record & mix on a day-to-day basis and who are up to date with the latest and most effective recording and mixing techniques is an outstanding resource to learn from. We believe Music is a very subjective, but we also believe diversity is crucial because not only does it allows you to expand your clientele or improve your bands recordings, but it also helps you Discover Your Signature Sound.

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