Record & Mix Music like a Pro - Acoustic Guitars and Vocals!

Recording & Mixing Music: Start learning the BEST techniques in the industry used on multiple platinum selling records!
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  • Lectures 19
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 9/2013 English

Course Description

UPDATE: Course updated on September 15th 2014. Audio files downloadable so you can practice mixing the same song used in the course. Send us your final mix and we'll provide feedback.


Take this course and start creating professional sounding recordings and mixes for your personal music projects - sound better and get noticed more - or for your clients - build your brand and make more money!

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:
In this class we'll teach you some of the best recording and mixing techniques used to get professional sounding acoustic guitar and vocal productions. You'll have access to the raw tracks of the song used in the class, so you can start putting everything you learn into practice right away.

We also 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. Once you finish send us your mix and we'll provide you with some feedback (its ok to send us more than one final mix). This class is recommended for beginner to intermediate engineers and/or producers using any type of DAW.


Whats covered in this class?

This is an in-depth step by step guide to what you need to know to get a great sounding recording and mix. The videos for this class will walk you through the thought process of a professional audio engineer as he records and mixes a singer/songwriter playing acoustic guitar. As we lead you through the recording and mixing process, we'll explore the basics of acoustics and sound treatment, microphone types, polar patterns, mic'ing techniques, ways to avoid sound leakage, and the best way to use effects, including EQ, compression, reverb, delay, and saturation. Two major recording styles are shown: live recording and multi-tracking.


The class is divided into 3 Sections:
Section 1 covers the pros, cons and considerations taken into recording a song live. Many fundamentals of recording are covered here, including acoustics, microphone types, polar patterns, and a mic'ing strategy that will give you the best sounding recording.

Section 2 introduces a different recording style -- multi-tracking using overdubs. New musical elements are added and several different mic'ing techniques are introduced. There is a greater focus on using effects while mixing including EQ, compression and saturation.

Section 3 is all about vocal harmonies -- not only how to record them, but how to write them even if you have no musical training!

1 week to get great sounding recordings and mixes
Working 30 minutes a day will allow you to finish this course in 1 week. If you want to improve your recordings and mixes and build new skills and incorporate new techniques this class will allow you to do that.


IMPORTANT!! What happens if you don't take this recording and mixing class?


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 2+ 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.

What are the requirements?

  • Basic understanding of Computer Recording
  • Basic understanding of Audio Signal Flow
  • Basic understanding of Equalization, Compression, Delay, and Reverb

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 the course, you will be able to record, edit and mix a singer/songwriter playing acoustic guitar using a live recording or a multi-tracking set-up.

What is the target audience?

  • Beginner and Intermediate levels. Advanced levels may gain extra insight into recording and mixing as well.

What you get with this course?

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Curriculum

Section 1: Recording and Mixing a Live Performance
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Thank you for purchasing Introduction to Recording & Mixing. Here are some things to look out for while taking this course. Enjoy!

10:01

In this lecture we will introduce key concepts you should understand before you begin recording. Those key factors are the artists's recording preference/recording styles. Microphones Options/Types & What is Sound Pressure Level (SPL). Polar Pattern Options & how they work. Leakage & how to manage it.

Additional Resources Links:

  1. Dynamic Microphones
  2. Condenser Microphones
  3. Ribbon Microphones
  4. Musical Acoustics
11:49

In this lecture we'll discuss a set of ways to attain good levels for a singer/songwriter performing live. We'll also show how to attain a signal that is loud enough to mask the noise floor, but not so loud it distorts. An important tool used to achieve this is compression.

Click Here and read more about Compression.

7 questions

This quiz covers the recording basics, primiarly the key concepts before you start recording.

03:28

We're ready to start recording. When recording the artist listen for the best performance. Have the artist perform the song several times, recording each pass. You’re listening for the best and most emotionally compelling simultaneous vocal and guitar performance.

18:26

Before we dip into mixing the song for this section we want to cover a few steps and guidelines we recommend that will help you throughout the mixing process. The "Perfect Mix" is a final product that you're happy and/or that your client is happy with.

13:20

In this lecture we will be discussing the major mix elements and concepts of a mix that will help define our sound for a singer/songwriter who recorded live. We will start by applying these elements to the guitar, then we will apply them to the vocals.

Additional Resources Links:

  1. Equalization
  2. Reverb and Delay
  3. Automation
03:33

Make sure to listen to the changes we've made. One of the most important parts of audio recording is training your ears!

7 questions

Overview of Mixing a singer/songwriter playing an acoustic guitar who we recorded live.

Conclusion: Revise the Mix
00:52
Section 2: Multi-Track Recording and Mixing: Guitar Layering
04:22

Before we start multi-tracking, In this lecture we're going to discuss room acoustics and how it can affect your sound. It's very important to be aware of your acoustic surroundings.

Click Here and read more about Musical Acoustics.

08:49

As opposed to Lesson 1 we'll be multi-tracking instead of capturing a live performance. So in this section we'll be recording the guitar twice, capturing two different passed with two differential tonal sounds, while ensuring our recordings are phase coherent. This will end up giving us more mix options later. We'll be demonstrating a specific microphone technique and the microphones and polar patterns used to capture each pass.

Click Here and read more about Phase Coherence.

04:02

Since the beginning of this class we've been using the same song. We started out recording a live performance and at this point we're now multi-tracking, which gives us the option to had additional production to our song. In this lecture we will be recording the lead guitar with the Mid-Side-Technique, along with explaining what microphones we used and why.

05:07

In this lecture we'll be discussing specifics techniques used to record vocals for this song. Microphone choice, acoustics/isolation and positioning.

Click Here and read more on Vocal Production.

6 questions

In this quiz we will overview a few recording concepts and techniques used to multi-track a singer/songwriter with an acoustic guitar.

02:02

Quick explanation of a DeEsser and how to apply it to your mixes.

09:23

Our goal is to maximize separation and contrast between parts while blending all parts together into one compelling mix. We began this during tracking by recording each element separately and cleanly. As in lesson one we'll be adding some of the major mix elements to achieve our desiered sound. Note: This mix will be handled differently than lesson 1. Mixes change anytime you record differetly or add any extra production.

16:00

Our goal is to maximize separation and contrast between parts while blending all parts together into one compelling mix. We began this during tracking by recording each element separately and cleanly. As in lesson one we'll be adding some of the major mix elements to achieve our desiered sound. Note: This mix will be handled differently than lesson 1. Mixes change anytime you record differetly or add any extra production.

Click Here and read more about Finalizing Your Mix.

03:25

Make sure to listen to the changes we've made. One of the most important parts of audio recording is training your ears!

8 questions

Overview of Mixing a singer/songwriter playing an acoustic guitar who we multi-tracked.

Section 3: Multi-Track Recording and Mixing: Adding Vocal Harmonies
03:22

In this lecture we're introducing additional production to our song by adding vocal harmonies. This will be the final touch to our song.

Click Here to read more on Harmonies.

12:46

In this lecture we'll be using some mixing techniques to make our vocal harmonies mesh with the rest of our mix. We will acheive this by using the same mixing elemnts discuessed in the previous sections.

03:25

Make sure to listen to the changes we've made. One of the most important parts of audio recording is training your ears!

9 questions

We will be overviewing how we recorded and mixed the vocals into Section 2's mix.

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Instructor Biography

Deborah Reeves, Audio Engineer, Educator

Deborah Reeves is an audio engineer, voice over artist, and educator. A graduate of UC San Diego, Deborah teaches college courses in the audio department at The Art Institute of California - San Diego. She regularly engineers for Voice Over classes and produces a weekly radio program. When she's not teaching or working in voice over, she's producing music or hanging out with her dogs.

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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