Interested in producing the next chart-topping pop song? Multiplatinum producer, engineer, and mixer Brian Malouf demonstrates more of his hit-making song mixing techniques.
- Hi Brain Malouf here and welcome to part two of my mixing techniques for pop music, where we're gonna take a somewhat deeper dive into the plugins I commonly use and the methods I employ to get from point A to point B. (energetic music) But I wanna start by telling a story I'll never forget. And it was with Patrick Landers, the famous producer at his studios in Burbank Johnny Yuma. And we were recording a band for a song and the band was Toto with a couple of extra players. And I noticed as I was getting sounds that Pat was standing behind me and kind of breathing down my neck a little bit and I finally turned around and I said hey man you're making me uncomfortable.
What's going on? He says, wow. I'll never forget this, he says, I watched Bill Petrel last week do the same band, same studio, and what he was doing was completely different than what you're doing. But yet what's coming out of the speaker sounds exactly the same to me. And it blew my mind. And I'll never forget that story and it's something that we should none of us ever forget you really can't get sounds the same way somebody else does, you can get the same sounds but you gotta do it in your own way.
That's a great lesson for all of us to remember. And in this course we're gonna cover mixing techniques that you can use in your own mixes but remember you have to use them in your own way. After you absorb the lessons in these movies go out and make them your own. (energetic music)
- Choosing the right reverb
- Adding digital delay
- Tuning your mix
- Phase shifting and flanging
- Increasing drum power and presence
- Driving home the groove with acoustic guitars
- Adding sheer volume to your mix
- Affecting the effects
- Making the chorus "pop"
- Knowing when your mix is done