Here Brian Malouf begins an actual mix. He shows you the intricacies of the mix template and how it helps set the stage for a well-designed workflow. He describes how he forms first impressions of the music and how those impressions dictate the actions he takes in order to achieve a great sounding final mix.
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- [Voiceover] Let's begin a mix.…One of the ways I differ from a lot of…my colleagues and peers that I've asked over the years…is how I start a mix.…And I start with all the faders up,…and all in a straight line usually.…Unless I'm coming from somebody else's rough mix session,…and they might have some…pre-set levels that are helpful.…But I'm scrolling across now,…and these are all the tracks that came with this song.…Again, the band is Max Liberty,…and they've kindly let us use their music…for these courses.…And you can see it's a formidable track array.…
Lots of guitars there.…Lots of background vocals.…Let me slow down.…Lead vocals,…bass,…claps,…and drums.…No loops, no percussion on this.…So I just start with everything at -10.…My master fader around -4.…No plug-ins except for,…let me show you how I start.…I told you earlier that I always start with my template,…and this first plug-in in the…channel strip is active.…
And all it is,…it's a virtual mix bus plug-in…on the auxiliaries and master fader,…and a virtual channel…
Brian starts with the basics of creating a mix template and getting a good raw balance of the instruments in the mix. He then dives deep into signal processing techniques on many types of instruments, including drums, bass, guitar, keys, vocals, percussion, strings, and brass. He'll pick out and treat individual tracks with compression and EQ, add space with reverb and echo, and modulate the sound with flangers and phase shifters. Pro Tools is used throughout the course, but the techniques will work equally well with the DAW of your choice.
- Customizing a mix template
- Understanding the interplay of volume, panning, EQ, and dynamics
- Processing drums
- Processing lead and background vocals
- Gain processing
- Treating the bass guitar and synth guitar
- Placing piano in the mix
- Treating strings and brass