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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.
The core goal of this course is to give you a first-hand look at the real-time thought process that takes place during mixing. While I will describe many of the steps I take to achieve the final mix, this course is not intended to be a primer on Pro Tools or the basic signal processing used during the mix process. If you are still confused about topics such as equalization, dynamics processors, or even the Pro Tools Mixer, I highly encourage you to watch the following courses on the Online Training Library before watching this course.
I'll be mixing the session in real time using headphones, so I can narrate the process step by step. So what you see in here throughout the course is what we end up with in the final bounce. While watching the course, keep in mind that the end goal is not so much the specific set of steps I take, or even the finished mix I end up with, but rather to inspire you to craft your own original mix and find a unique voice as a mixer.
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