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Mixing Techniques for Pop Music Part 1

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Overview

Interested in producing the next chart-topping pop song? Multi-platinum producer, engineer, and mixer Brian Malouf demonstrates his hit-making song mixing techniques.

Interested in producing the next chart-topping pop song? Or simply using classic pop techniques to blend the many different elements of today's modern multitrack recording sessions into one seamless song? In this course, multi-platinum producer, engineer, and mixer Brian Malouf demonstrates his hit-making mixing techniques. These lessons can be used on pop, jazz, country, folk, or any other recordings you want to turn into solid two-track stereo mixes.

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.

Syllabus

Introduction
  • Welcome
  • What you should know before watching
1. The Basics of Pop Music Mixing
  • Beginning a mix
  • Customizing your own mix template
  • Volume, panning, EQ and dynamics basics
  • Ambience, modulation, and harmonics plugins
  • Achieving a good raw balance
2. Signal Processing Techniques for Pop Music
  • Understanding signal processing order
  • Kick drum processing techniques
  • Snare drum processing
  • Tom toms and cymbals processing
  • Drum room mics processing
  • Lead vocal processing techniques
  • Background vocal processing techniques
  • Gain processing using EQ and dynamics
  • Treating the bass guitar
  • Treating synth bass sounds
  • Making electric guitars sing with compression, EQ, and reverb
  • Placing acoustic grand piano in the mix
  • Carefully crafting the keyboards
  • Choosing the right EQ for the acoustic guitar
  • Taming and then featuring percussion
  • Mixing real and sampled strings
  • Treating real live brass
  • Parallel compression techniques
Conclusion
  • Next steps

Taught by

Brian Malouf

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