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Pro Tools Mixing and Mastering

with Brian Lee White

Video: Welcome

Covers the basic mixing tools that every producer and engineer should know in Pro Tools, from using EQ to add clarity and focus to applying compression and limiting to control dynamics and maximize track levels within a mix.
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  1. 12m 57s
    1. Welcome
      1m 15s
    2. What is mixing? The past, present, and future
      4m 38s
    3. Exploring strategies for mixing and mastering
      5m 47s
    4. Using the exercise files
      1m 17s
  2. 47m 5s
    1. Mixing "in the box"
      4m 45s
    2. Setting up the studio: monitors
      6m 25s
    3. Setting up the studio: acoustics
      6m 42s
    4. Staying organized: labeling tracks and clips
      11m 42s
    5. Staying organized: memory locations and window configurations
      9m 28s
    6. Managing system resources during mixdown
      8m 3s
  3. 48m 42s
    1. Introducing the Pro Tools mixer
      3m 19s
    2. Understanding mixer signal flow
      3m 55s
    3. Using inserts and plug-ins
      8m 54s
    4. Working with plug-in settings
      5m 57s
    5. Using sends and creating effects returns
      9m 5s
    6. Submixing with aux tracks
      6m 4s
    7. Using groups while mixing
      5m 32s
    8. Using master faders effectively
      5m 56s
  4. 18m 12s
    1. Conceptualizing the mix and making a plan
      6m 17s
    2. Adjusting volume and pan to balance the mix
      7m 49s
    3. Knowing when to process: mix problems vs. mix solutions
      4m 6s
  5. 43m 57s
    1. Understanding the mechanics of sound
      3m 22s
    2. Learning the basics of EQ: frequency-specific level control
      3m 3s
    3. Using DigiRack EQ 3
      6m 42s
    4. Exploring EQ strategies in mixing: correcting vs. creating
      7m 20s
    5. A working example: kick drum and bass
      8m 22s
    6. A working example: filtering loops
      6m 3s
    7. Exploring mixing tips and tricks: EQ
      9m 5s
  6. 1h 23m
    1. Understanding dynamics and dynamic range
      1m 49s
    2. Working with dynamics processors
      2m 41s
    3. Using the DigiRack Dyn 3 compressor/limiter
      8m 36s
    4. Balancing and shaping track dynamics
      2m 42s
    5. Using gates and expanders
      8m 26s
    6. Using de-essers to eliminate sibilance
      6m 52s
    7. A dynamics workflow example: vocal
      12m 21s
    8. A dynamics workflow example: drums
      12m 19s
    9. Exploring mixing tips and tricks: dynamics
      10m 11s
    10. Building parallel, or upward, compression
      7m 40s
    11. Reviewing dynamics concerns: How much is too much?
      2m 45s
    12. Using Avid Channel Strip
      7m 27s
  7. 59m 21s
    1. Using time-based effects to add depth and width
      3m 49s
    2. Exploring DigiRack D-Verb
      15m 48s
    3. Using the DigiRack delays
      11m 10s
    4. Mixing with reverb
      11m 28s
    5. Mixing with delays
      10m 40s
    6. Exploring mixing tips and tricks: creating mix depth
      6m 26s
  8. 15m 14s
    1. Working with the Creative Collection
      7m 18s
    2. Building distortion and saturation
      7m 56s
  9. 56m 49s
    1. Understanding automation
      4m 10s
    2. Recording real-time automation moves
      9m 0s
    3. Viewing and editing automation
      13m 12s
    4. Using clip gain
      10m 0s
    5. Automating plug-ins
      9m 34s
    6. Exploring automation strategies for mixing
      10m 53s
  10. 39m 22s
    1. Understanding the characteristics of a great mix
      6m 23s
    2. Working with a reference track
      7m 51s
    3. Avoiding common pitfalls
      10m 59s
    4. Building healthy mixing habits
      3m 23s
    5. Crafting your mix from start to finish
      10m 46s
  11. 1h 6m
    1. Understanding mastering
      5m 13s
    2. Working with general mastering strategies
      9m 5s
    3. Using limiting and compression to maximize track level
      12m 6s
    4. Working with multiband compression
      5m 34s
    5. Bouncing the mix
      8m 4s
    6. Understanding sample rate, bit depth, file formats, and dither
      9m 0s
    7. Metering with the DigiRack Phase Scope
      7m 46s
    8. Compressing audio for the web
      10m 0s
  12. 1h 19m
    1. Evaluating plug-in processors
      6m 3s
    2. Using saturation and other analog-style effects effectively
      11m 45s
    3. Setting up side-chains
      7m 27s
    4. Master bus processing
      11m 6s
    5. Creating and using mix templates
      10m 35s
    6. Dealing with plug-in delay and latency
      12m 28s
    7. Drum sample replacing
      12m 59s
    8. Setting pan depth in Pro Tools
      6m 39s
  13. 1h 0m
    1. Mixing in Pro Tools 11: What's new
      4m 36s
    2. Understanding the AAX 64-bit plugin format
      8m 31s
    3. Configuring the Pro Tools 11 Playback Engine
      8m 36s
    4. Using new metering options in the mixer
      7m 16s
    5. Working with advanced metering options
      8m 18s
    6. Mixing shortcuts in Pro Tools 11
      5m 40s
    7. Printing a mix using Offline Bounce
      7m 6s
    8. Advanced Offline Bounce workflows
      10m 51s
  14. 21s
    1. Thank you and goodbye

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Pro Tools Mixing and Mastering
Video duration: 0s 10h 32m Intermediate Updated Feb 12, 2014


After recording and editing a session, take advantage of the lessons in Pro Tools Mixing and Mastering to refine the final mix and master of your project. Avid Certified Expert and pro mix engineer Brian Lee White covers all the basic mixing tools that every producer and engineer should know, from using EQ to add clarity and focus to applying compression and limiting to control dynamics and maximize track levels within a mix. The course stresses the importance of creating a solid mixing plan and setting up the studio before beginning any work in Pro Tools. Throughout the course, Brian lends his insights, inspirations, and studio secrets from over a decade of professional mixing to help you become a better mixer.

Topics include:
  • What is mixing? Exploring the past, present, and future
  • Mixing "in the box"
  • Setting up monitors and ensuring proper acoustics in the studio
  • Staying organized with labels, memory locations, and window configurations
  • Working with the Pro Tools Mixer
  • Building healthy and profitable mixing habits when putting together a final mix
  • Using volume and pan to balance the mix
  • Employing corrective versus creative EQ strategies to create clarity and contrast
  • Knowing when and when not to process the audio of a track
  • Working with compressors and dynamics processors
  • Using saturation effects to capture an analog-type sound
  • Adding reverb and delay to create depth in a mix
  • Working with limiting and multiband compression during the mastering process
  • Dealing with plug-in delay and latency in a mix
  • Using the bundled plug-ins in Pro Tools to add clarity, punch, and width to a mix
  • Recording and editing automation to add drama and excitement
  • Using clip based gain to control headroom and gain staging
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Hi, I'm Brian Lee White and welcome to Pro Tools Mixing and Mastering. In this course, I'll show you how to take your projects to the next level using Pro Tools to tie together all the pieces into a killer sounding mix. Together we'll explore the Pro Tools mixer and understand the basics of signal flow, plug-ins, effect returns and sub-mixing. I'll discuss the importance of setting up a solid mixing plan and give you advice on working through the critical stages of the mix.

I'll cover the basic mixing tools every producer should know. From using EQ to add clarity in focus, to effectively using dynamics processors to add impact and power to your mixes. I'll explain how to achieve that commercial, radio-ready sound during the mastering stage, by using compression and limiting to maximize the level of your mix. And if you're already using Pro Tools 11, I'll cover some of the exciting new mixing features in a special new chapter at the end of the course. So if you're ready, I'm ready.

Let's get started with Pro Tools Mixing and Mastering.

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Q: This course was updated on 2/12/2014. What changed?
A: This update includes one additional chapter that covers the latest features in Pro Tools 11, including 64-bit plugins, advanced metering options, mixing shortcuts, and offline bouncing.





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