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- [Voiceover] Hey, we did it.…Thank you so much for watching this course…and I hope that it was as much fun…for you to watch as it was for me to make.…I really enjoy sharing the thoughts I have about mixing…and I hope you enjoyed hearing them.…I want to thank the great band, Max Liberty,…Shana Halligan, and Allen Stone for their generosity…and sharing their music with us and letting me play it…for you to illustrate some of the points we've made here.…And I want you to be sure to check out their music online…and you can hear the whole songs in the final mix…without being interrupted all the time,…and they're really great musicians…and songwriters, all of them.…
And I hope you take this course…and all the teachings in it as a starting point…and experiment for yourselves,…and let your own ears take it from here.…These are simply things that I've learned over the years…and developed my own techniques for,…but be sure to make them your own.…I found that you can't really try to copy someone else's…techniques verbatim and have it sound right.…
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