Here Brian Malouf gives a detailed explanation of his own personalized mix template into which he imports the audio files for each new mix he does. He explains the routing scheme and how it provides discreet effects returns for each grouping of instruments. Learn how this discreet routing provides for instant creation of mix "stems" that are increasingly demanded by clients.
- [Voiceover] Here we are, at the heart of the mix process,…the mix template I've built.…This is the product of years of refinements,…and if you haven't built yours already,…and are looking for some guidance,…this might be a great place to start.…Let's go left to right.…Starting here at the very top of this window, Tracks,…which is not showing here.…These are a group of recording tracks,…so you know how it is.…You're doing a mix and the singer suddenly says…"I gotta do that line over again."…So I have myself some tracks to accommodate that.…
The first useful one that I have activated,…is this piano instrument track.…That's so that I can play the piano…and figure out what key the song is in,…if it's not given to me, in case I want to set…a tuning program on an autotune.…Alright, let's scroll down a little bit,…you're going to see quite a number of tracks.…I'm going to take my time to try go go through…this template with you.…The reason I have all of these tracks…is so that I don't have to make new ones when I'm importing…
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