Make your mark on the music business as a mix engineer. Discover how to produce professionally mixed audio on any digital audio workstation, and combine traditional and cutting-edge recording techniques.
Learn essential audio and recording principles.
Practice utilizing EQ and compression effectively.
Apply reverb, delay, and creative effects to your tracks.
Audio and Music Production Careers: First Steps with Garrick Chow
Learn about the jobs, equipment, DAWs, and training you need to get started down an audio learning path.
25m 10s • COURSE
Audio Mixing Bootcamp with Bobby Owsinski
Reveals industry tips, tricks, and techniques for producing professionally mixed audio.
8h 53m • COURSE
Audio Foundations: Compression and Dynamic Processing with Brian Lee White
Shows how to improve the sound of a mix using compressors, limiters, gates, de-essers, and other dynamic processors.
2h 25m • COURSE
Audio Foundations: EQ and Filters with Brian Lee White
Shows how to properly apply equalization (EQ) to improve the sound of a mix.
2h 28m • COURSE
Audio Foundations: Reverb with Alex U. Case
Explains one of the most essential ingredients in audio mixing, reverb—the time it takes for sound to bounce, echo, and decay during a live performance or recording.
3h 5m • COURSE
Audio Foundations: Delay and Modulation with Alex U. Case
The fundamentals of delay and modulation effects and how to apply these effects, technically and creatively, to improve the sound of a mix.
2h 20m • COURSE
Music Production Secrets: Larry Crane on Mixing with Larry Crane
Join Larry Crane, producer behind albums by The Decemberists, Elliott Smith, Jenny Lewis, and Sleater-Kinney, shows you how to get more life and energy out of your existing tracks.
1h 51m • COURSE
Drum Mixing: Techniques with Ryan Hewitt
GRAMMY-winning producer Ryan Hewitt explains his techniques for mixing radio-ready drum sounds with any DAW or console.
1h 39m • COURSE
Waves Plug-ins: Mixing Techniques with Dave Darlington
Learn Dave Darlington's techniques for achieving his Grammy-winning sound with Waves plugins, including EQ, compression, reverb, delay and modulation, and mastering.
2h 6m • COURSE
Mixing a Modern Jazz Track with Dave Darlington
Learn the mixing techniques Grammy-winning producer Dave Darlington uses to transform raw audio tracks into great jazz mixes.
1h 19m • COURSE
Mixing an EDM Track with Dave Darlington
Learn how to mix a solid EDM track from raw material with Dave Darlington's Grammy-winning techniques.
1h 36m • COURSE
Advanced EDM Mixing with Colin Fisher
Learn advanced mixing techniques specifically suited to the EDM environment, to make your tracks sound fat, wide, and full.
1h 49m • COURSE
Mixing Techniques for Pop Music Part 1 with Brian Malouf
Interested in producing the next chart-topping pop song? Multi-platinum producer, engineer, and mixer Brian Malouf demonstrates his hit-making song mixing techniques.
3h 19m • COURSE
You'll learn audio mixing with these experts.
Garrick Chow has authored 75+ training courses, and is a presenter at Macworld and AIGA.
Garrick Chow is a senior staff author at Lynda.com, and has authored dozens of courses, covering a diverse range of topics. He regularly leads live classes and seminars at private companies, government agencies, colleges, and universities. He has been a presenter at the Macworld conference, and at events for design associations such as AIGA and UCDA. His interests include audio and music production, digital lifestyle tools, and fitness-related apps and gadgets. When not sitting in front of a computer screen, Garrick can be found playing with the indie-rock band The Jellybricks (www.thejellybricks.com) or trail running. Visit him at www.garrickchow.com or follow him on Twitter @garrickchow.
With 23 books (and counting), Bobby Owsinski is a bestselling author and thought leader in the music business.
Using his music and recording experience combined with an easy-to-understand writing style, Bobby Owsinski has become one of the best-selling authors in the music recording industry, with sixteen books that are now staples in audio recording, music, and music business programs in colleges around the world. Based in Los Angeles, Bobby is also a producer of several music-oriented television shows and can frequently be seen as a moderator, panelist, or presenter at a variety of industry conferences.
Brian Lee White is a producer and educator. His credits span TV, film, and video games such as Halo.
Brian Lee White is a producer, educator, and cofounder of Finishing Move, Inc., an Oakland-based production company that specializes in music and sound design for games, television, and film. Brian's work has been experienced worldwide on Billboard charts, video games, network television, Fortune 500 ad campaigns, and in internationally acclaimed live acts. His most recent contributions include music production and composition for Microsoft's Halo franchise and Double Fine's Massive Chalice.
A professor and best-selling author, Alex Case leads classes and research in the art and science of sound.
Alex has dedicated his professional life to the study of aesthetics, perception, signal processing, electro-acoustics, and room acoustics for the creation and enjoyment of recorded music–from the creator to the listener, and everything in between. An associate professor of sound recording technology, Case leads classes, sessions, and research with undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. An active member of the Audio Engineering Society and a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, Case has published more 100 articles and is the author of two best-selling titles in their field, both on Focal Press: Sound FX – Unlocking the Creative Potential of Recording Studio Effects, and Mix Smart – Pro Audio Tips for Your Multitrack Mix. With degrees in mechanical engineering, music, and acoustics, Professor Case lives and works at the intersection of art and science. Drop by and join in on the conversation on audio at recordingology.com.
Famous for his recording studio, magazine, and lectures, Larry Crane also loves educating others about music.
Larry is an American editor/writer, recording/mixing engineer, musician, educator and archivist based in Portland, Oregon. More specifically, Crane is the editor and founder of Tape Op magazine, the owner of Portland's Jackpot! Recording Studio, a freelance engineer, and the archivist for musician Elliott Smith.
From 1994 to 1997, Crane ran Laundry Rules Recording, a home studio in his basement in Portland, where he recorded artists that include Versus, Stephen Malkmus and Cat Power. Since 1997, Crane has owned and run Jackpot! Recording Studio, Inc., a busy mid-sized studio in Portland, where he has worked with artists such as Sleater-Kinney, Jolie Holland, The Decemberists, Jenny Lewis, Wooden Shjips, M. Ward, The Go-Betweens, Elliott Smith, She & Him, Stephen Malkmus, Quasi, The Portland Cello Project, and Richmond Fontaine. A close friend and collaborator of Elliott Smith's, he oversaw the remixing and release of Smith's posthumous album New Moon in 2007.
Tape Op began publishing in April 1996. Tape Op has the largest world-wide circulation of any magazine devoted to music recording, with free subscriptions in the US.Tape Op also publishes books of their back issues and other music recording topics.
As an educator, he's taken on many roles. For many years Larry has spoken on and moderated panels about recording and music for SXSW, NXNW, NARAS, TapeOpCon, and CMJ. He has been a guest lecturer at various colleges discussing the recording arts and music business. In conjunction with the Tape Op Book series, he's done book readings and sessions at Wordstock and Powell's Books, in Portland, OR.
Since 2003 Larry has hosted Jackpot! Recording Studio's Weekend Recording Workshops, where he runs a ten-person group through techniques and concepts about music recording. Students all reported that they gained a lot from this workshop. He's also presented workshops in other cities, including Montreal and Austin. He does one-on-one sessions with folks to discuss their recording and mixing skills and work on understanding shortcomings and improving their work. Check out larry-crane.com to learn more about Larry and his work.
Ryan Hewitt is a Grammy-winning engineer, mixer, and producer for artists such as The Avett Brothers.
Ryan began his musical career by taking up drums and piano in the third grade, and set up his first primitive bedroom recording studio at age ten. His interest in recording prompted his father, remote recording engineer David Hewitt, to take him on the road at age twelve. Over the course of 15 years on the Remote Recording Services trucks, Ryan learned to get sessions going quickly, pay attention to details, and capture the moment on tape at all costs.
After receiving a degree in electrical engineering from Tufts University, Ryan moved to New York City to take a job at Sony Music Studios. Once there, he quickly moved up the ranks to assist and learn from some of the best engineers and producers in the business. Moving to Los Angeles in 2000, Ryan landed at Cello Studios, again moving to the head of the class and ultimately cultivating a long-term working relationship with Rick Rubin in the process.
Currently residing in Nashville, Tennessee and working out of the legendary House of Blues Studios, Ryan's recent projects include Angus and Julia Stone, Harry Connick, Jr., Clint Black, Whitey Morgan & the 78's, Third Eye Blind, and the Black Lillies.
Grammy winner Dave Darlington produces critically acclaimed music for radio, film, and TV.
With a career spanning over thirty years, Grammy winner Dave Darlington can proudly attest to being a master of many varied musical styles. From Harlem, New York City, Dave's family traded the icy New York winters for the Florida sunshine before Dave hit his teen years. Thus, his early musical education was a heady melting pot of formal (piano, bass, and theory) training and the fusion of Miami's rock and funk prevalent in the clubs and radio stations that surrounded him.
He later earned a bachelors degree in music from the University of Florida, and played stints with the Jacksonville Symphony and the Gold Coast (Tampa) Symphony Orchestra as a professional bassist. After hitting the road for three years with a Colorado-based jazz-funk fusion band, Dave settled in New York in the late '70s, determined to make it as a session musician.
Between sessions, Dave's growing proficiency as a programmer, with a multi-instrumentalist background, eventually led to a job as a part-time programmer at the venerable Secret Sound Recording Studio in Chelsea. Later, Dave presided over his own room/studio, Bass Hit, within the Quadrasonic Studios complex. He divided his time between mixing, touring with groups like Seduction and C+C Music Factory, and songwriting, notably co-penning Phyllis Hyman's #1 hit "Don't Wanna Change the World."
Taking the step to go independent in 1990, Dave opened Bass Hit Recording on 23rd St. and 6th Avenue. Dave consolidated his reputation as a versatile and capable mix engineer and programmer across the board in rock/pop/dance/R&B/jazz genres. Simultaneously, he broadened his base, drawing on his classical and symphonic background when branching out into the world of film and TV composition. Dave received critical acclaim for his compositional work for the hit HBO series Oz, which he scored for the entirety of its six-season run. Dave also won Grammys for mixing jazz legend Wayne Shorter's Alegría album on Verve Records, and Brian Lynch and Eddie Palmieri's Simpático.
Colin Fisher, aka Soundprank, is an EDM gonzo and sound designer for the video game industry.
Ontario native Colin Fisher, has worked as a sound designer, composer, mixer, and is even better known by his alias, Soundprank. No stranger to the electronic dance music scene, yet trained from a young age in classical piano and jazz, he aims to deliver a musical experience that evokes a sense of magic reminiscent of the 90's combined with the balanced, lush, and atmospheric sounds more prominent in today's EDM scene. His innovative take on retro-futurist sounds has charted him numerous times on Beatport's Progressive House and Trance Top 100, and many of his tracks have graced the decks and radio waves over the years, including hits such as "Gemini," "Atlantic, "Squared," "Flare," "Beginnings," "Animus," "The Far Side," and more. Soundprank has also remixed the likes of Andain, Velvetine, Parker & Hanson, Solarity, and Dinka, along with a bootleg he did of Sasha's luminary track from his Involver album, "Belong." Valuing quality over quantity, he is careful and highly selective of his release schedule. He's recently diversified by releasing a chillout track "Harbour" that has already reached (to some acclaim) the upper echelons of Beatport's Chillout charts on Anjunabeats recent compilation "Anjunabeats: Chilled Summer". He has also worked in the video games industry behind the scenes as part of the production team for the AAA title Thief, which was released by famed studio Eidos Montreal (known also for Tomb Raider, Deus Ex: Human Revolution). When he isn't knee-deep writing orchestral and electronic music for some of the industry's biggest sample and trailer companies, Soundprank is renowned for being a storyteller DJ, and brings the same feel in his productions to his DJ sets.
Brian Malouf is a multiplatinum producer, engineer, and mixer.Brian pursued a career in music with unwavering passion from the third grade. A first chair symphonic percussionist by the end of his university days, and later drumming for a noted LA-based rock-and-roll band (Giant City), he became immersed in sound engineering in 1980.
In 1983, his career as a world-class studio talent was jump-started when the legendary Michael Jackson, at the height of the Thriller phenomenon, tapped Brian to begin work on his next album, BAD. By 1989, Brian had risen to the top of his field as a mix engineer and producer, working independently for every major label and amassing an impressive string of hit albums, singles, and soundtracks for artists such as Madonna, Roxy Music, Prince, Seal, Pearl Jam, Tokio Hotel, Wolfmother and All Time Low. To date, Brian's album credits total a combined 53 gold, platinum, and multiplatinum albums, representing millions of dollars in sales.
Brian became vice president of A&R/staff producer for RCA/NY in 1994, where he continued to mix and produce several hit records while shaping the careers of such acts as Everclear, The Verve Pipe, Eve 6, and The Calling, to name a few. He ascended to SVP at RCA two years later under Bob Jamieson and served the company in that role until February of 2004.
In July 2004, Brian joined Columbia Records and started his own independent record label, Bandha Records. The very next year, Brian launched his recording studio, Cookie Jar Recording. His experience as a musician, producer, and senior executive provided him with the tools to fuel the success of all three of these ventures.
In January 2008, Brian joined Walt Disney Records as VP/Head of A&R. In his first year at Disney, Brian had the idea for an adult label and immediately started work on the imprint Disney Pearl. He executive produced and/or A&R'd the majority of the releases on that imprint, including Brian Wilson Reimagine's Gershwin set and the jazz retrospective Everybody Wants to Be A Cat: Disney Jazz, Vol. 1, featuring artists such as Esperanza Spalding and the legendary Dave Brubeck. Brian's chief responsibilities included overseeing his entire roster, as well as mixing for and executive producing the Disney family of entertainers: Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Jonas Brothers, Bridgit Mendler, and Billy Ray Cyrus. Additionally, Brian was executive producer for companion soundtrack pieces to some of Disney's most successful properties, such as "Almost Alice" from Tim Burton's motion picture Alice in Wonderland.
Today, Brian is back to his first love: producing and mixing music for both the best of indie and established artists.