Mixing Foundations

8-week Live Training or Self-Study Video Course

The course teaches how to use compression and EQ, saturation and limiting, how to organize mix and route audio signal, how to use reverb and many other techniques. Throughout the course, we will analyze most modern mixing plugins and the way they are used by professional audio engineers

Next Live Training sessions start: September 12th, 2017; November 14th, 2017

Syllabus

Week 1:

  • Orientation
  • Reference Tracks
  • Fletcher-Munson Curve
  • Monitoring

Week 2:

  • Intro to Saturation
  • SoundToys Decapitator
  • Saturation Types Analysis
  • Console Emulation
  • Tape Saturation
  • Saturating Mix Elements

Week 3:

  • Intro to Equalization
  • FabFilter Pro Q2 tour
  • Low frequency, Mid Frequency, High Frequency
  • EQ practice: Kick, Bass, Snare, HiHat, Lead, Pad
  • Vocal Reductive EQ

Week 4:

  • Intro to Compression
  • Basic compressor controls
  • Musical Compression
  • Vintage Compressors
  • Technical Compression
  • FabFilter Pro-C2 Overview

Week 5:

  • Limiting
  • FabFilter Pro-L
  • Sidechaining
  • Additive EQ vs Reductive EQ
  • Slate Virtual Mix Rack

Week 6:

  • Intro to Reverb
  • History of Reverb
  • Types of Reverb
  • Room Reverb
  • Hall Reverb
  • Plate Reverb
  • Ambience
  • Basic Reverb Matrix
  • Reverb as you go
  • Basic Reverb Editing
  • Convolution Reverb

Week 7:

  • Starting the mix
  • Mix Buss Workflow
  • Mix Buss Saturation
  • Mix Buss Compression
  • Kick Anchor
  • Gain Structure

Week 8:

  • Reviewing practice sessions
  • Course Review
  • Q and A
  • Next Steps Discussion