The Official Guide To Mixing
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The Official Guide To Mixing

Techniques and tips to make your mix sound professional
4.3 (171 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.
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Created by Doctor Mix
Last updated 11/2016
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  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Develop the skills necessary to prepare, execute and finalise a mix to a professional standard
  • Make your drum sounds punchy and powerful
  • Use parallel compression in order to achieve a consistent sound and increase loudness
  • Mix your bass effectively and make it blend with the kick drum
  • Learn the secrets for getting a prominent, commercial vocal sound
  • Use analogue and plugin compressors and eq's
  • Make your mix more three-dimensional
  • Make space for the important elements of your mix
  • Use pads and strings as a means of making your mix wider
  • Mix strategically to achieve maximum loudness
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  • You should know how to use a PC/MAC and audio editing/recording software.

About this course:

Mixing is one of the most important stages of music production. It's the point where all elements of the music come together, and are modified and enhanced to achieve the best possible sonic result. 
On this video we show you all the steps, techniques and principles  for accomplish a powerful, balanced, punchy and dynamic sound. 
You will also see all the secrets you need to know, in order to make your mixes sound professional and ready to compete with the high standards of commercial releases.
Filmed at the Doctor Mix studios in London, our professional engineers walk you through every step of their process using high quality analogue gear and plugins.

In this class you'll learn...

  • How to prepare, organize and get your material ready for mixing
  • A/B comparison to commercial releases or demo mix
  • Gain Staging
  • Filtering The Low End
  • Bus Routing
  • Kick Drum
  • Parallel Compression
  • Increasing The Kick Impact
  • Sine Wave Trick
  • Transient Enhancement
  • Enhancing The Snare
  • How To Balance The Drums
  • Bus Compression
  • How To Mix The Bass
  • Bass Sidechain
  • Basic Vocal EQ & Compression
  • Vocal Correction With Dynamic EQ
  • Adding Reverb And Delay On Vocals
  • Mixing The Acoustic Guitar
  • Mixing Pads and Strings
  • Mixing the Horns
  • Mastering Techniques

You will also learn how to strategically setup your mix so that you get the maximum loudness before you even get to the mastering stage.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for music producers who want to learn to mix professionally.
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Curriculum For This Course
24 Lectures
7 Lectures 38:14

Introducing the Doctor Mix team and the aim of the course. Mix a song from beginning to end with Claudio and Dom.

Preview 01:07

Begin your project by getting the basics right. Make your project easy to navigate by organising your audio channels and renaming them with short, easily identifiable names.

Renaming Your Audio Channels

Navigate easily to your project by having clear colour coding. Assigning a specific colour to each instrument groups makes them easy to identify and saves you time while mixing. 

Colour Coding Your Tracks

A/B testing against another track or the demo mix is a great way to keep focus on what you are doing. On this video we show you how to do A/B testing by using Cubase's Control Room facilities with no additional software.

A/B Testing

On this video, we explain one of the most important steps when preparing a mix. Getting the Gain Staging correctly is the key for a good mix. 

Preview 06:17

On this video, we demonstrate how to filter out the unnecessary low end. How to take the correct decisions for your filter settings. 

Filtering The Low End

On this video we explain how to group instruments together into buses. Why is this so important when mixing. 

Bus Routing
8 Lectures 51:23

On this video Claudio and Dom show you the different elements of the kick drum and how to process it to get a punchy, fat sound.

Kick Drum

Parallel compression is a process that allows you to add additional amount of body to your kick drum without compromising your original sound. On this video we show you the steps necessary for parallel compression.

Preview 08:10

On this video we show you a great trick that will help you enhance the impact of your kick drum and make it cut through the mix. 

Increasing The Kick Impact

On this video we demonstrate an effective way to reinforce the low end portion of the kick drum using a triggered sine wave. This trick can really make a difference if you want to add more bottom end to any kick drum sample. 

Sine Wave Trick

On this video we show you how to enhance the attack and tighten up your kick drum using transient designer processors. 

Transient Designer

Claudio and Dom explore different ways of enhancing a snare sound using Eq, Envelope Shapers and Multiband Saturation.

Enhancing The Snare

Here we show you how to get the perfect balance for your drums. We polish every sound individually so that we enhance the groove of the song.

How To Balance Your Drums

On this video we show you how to treat your drum bus so that all elements are glued together in one entity. For this we fire up a classic: The SSL Bus Compressor.

Preview 03:47
2 Lectures 15:44

How to treat the bass so that it works in conjunction with the kick drum to build the foundation of your mix. Eq, compression, parallel compression and parallel distortion are some of the ingredients for a great bass sound.

How To Mix The Bass

On this video we use sidechain compression on the bass to help it blend with the kick drum, unify the low end and preserve headroom on our master bus that will allow for a louder master.

Bass Sidechain
3 Lectures 38:27

Treating probably the most important element of your song: the vocals. We start with de-essing, compression and eq and ensure that the vocals cut through the mix with parallel compression and distortion. 

Basic Vocal EQ And Compression

Sweetening the female vocals with dynamic eq, a very forgiving technique to make the vocals sound more polished without altering the singer's tone. 

Vocal Correction With Dynamic EQ

On this video we give the vocals a three-dimensional quality with some clever reverb and delay techniques- extremely useful if you're looking for a wide, open pop vocal sound. 

Adding Reverb And Delay On Vocals
Other Instruments
3 Lectures 26:30

Here we address the acoustic guitar with corrective EQ and add warmth with a Neve compressor. We also apply spatialising techniques to make its sound wider.

Mixing The Acoustic Guitar

When it comes to pads and strings panning and stereo width are crucial to the mix. Here we show M/S techniques, as well as ways to enhance the harmonic content.

Pads And Strings

Horns can take a lot of attention in a mix: using a side-chain to control the mid frequencies allows for the vocals and the horns to coexist in the mix without clashes.

1 Lecture 15:58

In this section we explain some mastering techniques that can be used to finalise your mix, make it loud and full of character without killing dynamics.

Mastering Techniques

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Essential Gain Staging Knowledge
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Doctor Mix is a division of BBC-acclaimed music label Sunlightsquare Records (London). Specialising in online mastering and mixing services, Doctor Mix is now entering its eleventh year of operation, with an ever-growing client base.

Claudio Passavanti is the founder of Doctor Mix and Sunlightsquare Records. A long-established producer, pianist and DJ, his career has taken him from LA, where he studied Orchestral Composing and Arranging, to London and all around the world. Previously in-house producer for techno label Almighty Records, he has engineered and produced commercial releases and film music covering just about every genre

Dom Sigalas is an in-demand producer, multi-instrumentalist and composer for film, TV and video games. His credits include Universal Music, StudioCanal and the National Geographic and Animal Planet channels. Alongside his work as a media composer and arranger, Dom also writes and produces songs for pop artists and teaches a course in Orchestration and Music Creation at the SAE Institute.


Established in 2006, Doctor Mix’s London studio complex includes three top production rooms and a group of producers, sound engineers, session musicians and DJs. Our core team of 4 mixing and mastering experts creates also our popular video content. We love music and equipment, and we get a lot of both! Our production studios are equipped with great analogue and digital gear: Thermionic Culture Fat Bustard Tube Summing Mixer, Studer A80 Master Tape Recorder, Neve 33609 JD compressor, Thermionic Culture Phoenix Mastering compressor, Empirical Labs Distressor, SSL XLogic G Series compressor, Universal Audio Solo 610, TC Electronic Finalizer, Yamaha, KRK, Adam and PMC monitors, and GIK Acoustic sound treatment in all rooms. Our collaboration with the top equipment manufacturers and distributors in the UK gives us access to some of the best outboard gear available on the market today, from brands including Lynx, Prism Sound, Thermionic Culture, Shadow Hills, Chandler Limited, Tube Tech, Neve and more.


At Doctor Mix, we have a long history in professional music production, with a client list that includes some of the most notable names in the music and film industry. For these clients, we have become the go-to online mixing and mastering experts.

Our credit list includes: BBE Records (Germany), Big Talk Productions, Brownswood Recordings (UK), CCRE CO (Japan), Club Star (Germany), Decca Records, Dome Records (UK), EMI Virgin, Film 4, Freestyle Records (UK), George V Buddha Bar, Jazz FM (UK), Kudos Distribution, Pschent Music (France), Rambling Records (Japan), Sony Bmg, Studio Canal, Sugar Music (Italy), Universal Music Group, Wavemusic (Germany), Working Title Films (UK).