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Watch professional mixer Brian Lee White take a rock song from the raw recorded tracks to a great-sounding, polished mix in Avid Pro Tools. The course moves at a quick pace, showing how to establish a workflow for a particular song and make mixing decisions on the fly. Watch as Brian quickly sets initial levels, sculpts the individual tracks with EQ and compression, uses spatial and special effects to create depth and interest, balances the lead vocal and rhythm section, and adds the finishing touches before bouncing down the mix. Brian also stresses the importance of "thinking like a mixer" by being creative and serving the song, exploring ideas that inspire you, and breaking away from the template mindset.
Hi! I'm Brian Lee White and welcome to Mixing a Rock Song in Pro Tools. In this advanced course, we'll work our way through a mix from scratch. Starting with the raw tracks, I'll walk you through getting basic levels and pan settings. Next, I'll move on to the drums and bass to set up a solid foundation. I'll then add in the vocals and get the singer sounding like a star, all before bringing in the guitars, keys, and percussion to round out the track.
Using automation, I will optimize levels, add drama, and build excitement from section to section. Finally, I'll touch up any loose ends with a mix revision and bounce out to finish mix to a stereo master. So if you are ready, I am ready. Let's get started.
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