This course, Mixing Techniques for Pop Music, is for people who are familiar with digital audio workstations, but are looking for a platform and methodology for doing their final mixdowns. Brian Malouf reviews the basics of creating a mix template and getting a good raw balance of the instruments in the mix.
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- Hey there, Brian Malouf here, and welcome to my course on mixing techniques for Pop music, but I don't want you to think of the mixing techniques that you're going to learn here as being specific to Pop music, but rather techniques that could be applied to Jazz, or Country, or Folk, or any other popular music genre. And it's really about applying some of the things I've learned over the years and the blending of multi-track recordings into a final two-track stereo mix in a way that's fun and exciting and easy on your brain. ( upbeat music ) So, I'm gonna be showing you things about how I begin a mix, my mix template, how to pick out individual tracks and treat them with compression and in queue, ( horn instruments ) how to give them space with reverb and echo, even how to modulate them with flangers and phase shifters, but really that's not the point.
The point is how to blend musically, artistically, and easily all the elements of your multi-track recording. For those of you songwriters and singers and producers and engineers out there, who've always wanted to mix, but have been too afraid to try. It's not as scary as you might think. So, let's get going.
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