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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.
If you are Premium member of the lynda.com Online Training Library, or if you are watching this tutorial on a DVD-ROM, you have access to the Pro Tools session file I use in this title. In the Exercise Files folder, you will find the Take Me Down - Clean session. Inside that folder, you will find the Pro Tools 10 version of the session, as well as a PTF that should work with Pro Tools 7 through 9. This session has been completely zeroed out--no inserts, no sends--and is ready for you to mix on your own.
If you are a Monthly member or Annual member of Lynda.com, you don't have access to the Pro Tools session, but you can easily apply the techniques and ideas I am going to share with you on any project. Let's get started.
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