The Last Mixing Guide You'll Ever Need
Are you tired of thin, muddy or quiet mixes? Learn the secrets of getting maximum punch and volume in your tracks! Get to grips with the Ultimate Guide to Mixing course.
The Ultimate Guide to Mixing
Is Your Mix Letting You Down? Our Ultimate Guide to Mixing is a 6-part digital course that takes the guesswork out of the mixing process directing your attention straight to the essentials of a professional mix.
The insights you’ll learn here will guarantee that you maintain audio quality throughout the process and produce better sounding mixes and masters that sound more dynamic, engaging and emotionally powerful.
Areas of Study
- Gain-staging – optimising the signal flow in your mix, reducing distortion and preserving dynamic range.
- Phase – dealing with offset issues as well as effects and creative use.
- Panning – Giving separation and focus to elements in the mix plus some creative tips & tricks.
- Stereo Width and Depth – Enhancing the left to right and front to back image to create better stereophonic mixes.
- Meters – Using tools to help us visually read our mix, measuring actual loudness as we hear it and the various standards used in metering tools.
By focusing on these areas when approaching a mix you will develop a more effective workflow leading to a better more consistent mix every time.
- Learn at your own pace, watch as many times as you need to learn the lessons
- 6 in-depth modules each focused on integral elements of every mix
Chapter 1 - Sounds
Before diving into the details of mixing, we need to look at some properties of sounds in general. This section is background information, but it is necessary to understand its contents in order to grasp a lot of the basic principles of mixing.
Chapter 2 - Mixing Preparation
In this section we will look at some things that you need to think about before you set out to mix a track.
Chapter 3 - Mixer Usage
Having spent some time working on prerequisites, we will now move into issues directly related to mixing.
Chapter 4 - Equalization
In this chapter, we arrive at the next big topic in mixing: that of equalization. Equalization, or EQ, is the process of changing the balance of the frequency components of sounds.
Chapter 5 - Compression
Compression is the process of shaping the dynamics of sounds. A compressor is an automated volume control. It automatically adjusts the volume of the input signal in response to changes in volume in the signal itself.
Compressors are difficult to learn to use, for several reasons. They have many different and unrelated purposes. They have complex mechanics of operation, and it is necessary to understand these mechanics in order to operate them. Their effect on the sound is not always readily audible. And finally, the specific things that one has to do to get good results out of them are routinely very different from what one would intuitively expect.
Chapter 6 - Space Manipulation
The sound in a stereo audio recording can be seen as being arranged in a three dimensional “sound stage.”
A sound does not usually occupy a single point on any of these axes; rather, it is a three-dimensional “blob” in the sound space.
The X (width) axis of the sound stage is stereo position.
The Y (height) axis is pitch, with higher-pitched sounds appearing higher in the sound stage.
Finally, the Z (depth) axis is distance, with more prominent sounds appearing closer to the front of the sound stage.
In this section, we will look at the tools that allow one to manipulate the sound stage; to move sounds forward, back, and to the sides in the mix. We will not consider how to move a sound up or down in the mix.