The Private Mixing Course is a 12 week intensive course designed to guide you through each step in the mixing process. All lessons are accompanied with demonstrations of proper technique so that the student can learn the mixing process from a professional perspective.
This course was originally created with 10 private lessons included in the program. However, the information provided stands on its own as with every other mixing course on the site. Any references to 'mix submissions' should be ignored in this "Replay Edition".
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This class will provide a detailed instructional guide to the Private Mixing Course with some advanced concepts about sound and how people interpret it.
This phase of the mixing process establishes everything that is foundational to a great mix. There are many hidden secrets and important decisions to be made at this stage that will establish your approach.
Subtractive Equalization is the most powerful way to focus instruments, enhance separation, and establish height in a mix.
Functional Compression is used to help establish the front-back depth field, enhance rhythmic movement (groove), balance peak and RMS energy, and tonally balance poorly recorded tracks.
Additive EQ is used to provide sonic focus and clarity and helps to solidify the Front-Back Depth Field and Height Separation. Additive EQ can be applied pre or post compression.
Vintage Dynamics and Equalization Processing adds harmonic enhancements that add depth, clarity and focus in a way no purely digital processor can. This class will focus on those differences and how to selectively decide where each vintage piece is most effective.
Early Reflections are defined as the first reflections that arrive at the listener’s position in a space after the direct signal and define the size and shape of any acoustic space. In a mix they are a powerful way to clearly establish the front-back depth field and provide the ‘container’ for reverb and other effects processing.
Reverb and Effects are designed for the creative enhancement of a song. Effects can perform a technical function that is felt or a creative function that is heard. This class will focus on the technical and creative aspects of both.
Parallel Processing is a powerful way to enhance density, imaging and add ‘hype’ to a mix. Parallel processing techniques allow for full wet/dry balance control and usually involve exaggerated compression, equalization and distortion processing techniques.
Automation is the process of weaving all of the tracks into a well blended, finished mix. Well applied automation should guide the listener’s attention and carry their interest from beginning to end.
This class will focus on the final polishing elements of the mix including the use of tape emulations and vintage console summing plugins. Mix Stem and Mix Buss processing help to define the individual stem grouping with their effects and the final mix as a whole.
This class will focus on final mix evaluations including how to deal with client feedback. We will discuss the best way to apply updates and prepare the final mix for mastering.