Join Evan Sutton for an in-depth discussion in this video Basic mix considerations while composing, and using channel strip presets in Logic, part of A Prolific Music Producer's Workflow for Finishing Tracks.
- Okay, so we've got some basic variations down,…and we've got some sections that we like working with.…It's time to start talking…about some basic, basic mix stuff.…And when I say basic, I mean basic.…I don't want to put too much thought into this,…but, again, it's all about keeping yourself inspired,…and at this point, once I've got a handful…of instruments in there, it's a good thing…to start to think about doing a little bit…of processing to keep things tight and fun-sounding.…So, let's start off with the drums.…I'm going to go ahead and split out…a couple of channels for my drums,…and I could've done this in my template,…but I didn't, and now I'm paying the price.…
Snare and then cymbals.…There we go.…So, now, I'll go over to Battery,…(snare drum beats)…there we go, turn off the auto,…and kick is going to the right place.…(synthesized music plays)…Here's my snare, I'm going to change it…to Output 3 and 4.…Again, this is different on every DAW,…but it's a nice thing to do, once you are…starting to think about your mix a little bit.…
Evan starts with the music production tools that can make it easier to see a song through to completion, such as templates, presets, and foolproof hardware setups. Next, he gets into the heavy lifting, mixing both songwriting and production techniques with tips for dealing with the psychological factors that may trip you up when completing a song. He wraps up the course with techniques that help to clear the final steps of song completion, including building transitions, adding ear candy, mixing strategies for increased efficiency, and simple mastering techniques, whether you choose to master your tracks yourself or hire a professional.
- Planning your track with a problem-solving mindset
- Prepping to record vocals and music
- Using DAW song templates
- Getting basic musical ideas down
- Making decisions that serve the song
- Using channel strip presets
- Creating sections and structure
- Building better transitions
- Adding FX, ear candy, and automation
- Mixing and mastering