The Master Mixing Course is specifically designed to hone the skills acquired from the Basic and Advanced Mixing Courses. The lessons learned in this course will define the master mix engineer’s mental and technical approach to the most common problems encountered in the mixing process on an instrument by instrument basis.
What separates a master mix engineer from the rest is not secret information, expensive gear or loads of plugins. It is their mastery of the basic principles of mixing. It is also important to understand the approach different genres of music. This is much more than just ‘liking’ a style of music, it is about understanding the engineering principles and approach that creates that sound
Historically, engineers have always been defined by their ability to get great drum sounds. This measure was created due to the many challenges of getting great sounds with acoustically recorded drums. These lessons will teach you the essential elements for getting great acoustic drum sounds.
Programmed Drums have the advantage of isolated sounds, but also offer many challenges that are not obviously apparent. These lessons will teach you how to work with programmed drums and also cover mixing acoustic percussion.
The foundation of a rhythm section is defined by the way bass and guitar sounds are blended in with the drums. Guitar and Bass may actually be the most difficult of instruments to mix effectively because of the complexity and range of frequencies they occupy. These lessons will cover the broad spectrum of challenges that come with getting great sounds for guitars and basses.
Keyboard Instruments cover an extraordinarily wide range of sounds, tonal colorations and frequencies. This means that they serve many different roles in a mix from occupying the basic rhythm section, to groove generating melodic rhythms, to atmospheric pads and all the way up to solo or lead instruments.
Orchestral Instruments are widely used in almost all styles of music. The wide range of sounds and rich history offer many challenges to the mix engineer’s ability to clearly define each instruments unique character and sound.
There are many instruments that fall between the cracks of most songs. But their unique nature and sound require special treatment in order to preserve their authenticity and character in a mix.
No single instrument is featured more in music than the lead vocal. Because the human ear is more sensitive to the human voice than any other instrument, mixing vocals requires extra special attention.
Mixing background and group vocals also offers many challenges in the mixing process. Panning, balancing harmonies, correcting timing and pitch issues are just a few.
The final lessons in the Master Mixing Course are designed to focus your approach on the fundamental elements that make a mix into a finished record. Without these basic elements any mix, no matter how good the sounds, will never come to life.