The Ultimate Mixing Blueprint

This is the total mixing blueprint to follow for any song, in any DAW, in any style to get great results with the gear you already have. This series covers both the foundations of mixing as well as key mixing secrets. The video tutorials demystify the concepts of compression, equalization (EQ), and audio effects with streamlined step-by-step instructions and demonstrations. Learn the secret tricks that the pros use to get amazing sound of of their mixes and simple techniques to help improve your mixing skills faster so you can create radio-ready mixes.

Mixing Fundamentals

The Mixing Fundamentals sub-series covers the pillars of mixing. Improve your mixes by learning an approach to mixing the right way or rethink how the approach you’re currently taking. The video tutorials in this sub-series cover acoustic treatment, monitoring setup and best practices, guidance for perfecting your workflow, and staying organized.

EQ Fundamentals

Understand the capabilities of equalizers and rethink the basics to approach them the right way. Get key techniques for creating more separation between tracks, reducing mud, and discover the best frequencies to emphasize or cut for any instrument. Explore how to best use high-pass and low-pass filters for addressing mud or harshness, respectively. Using linear phase EQs, contextual and solo EQing, and EQing virtual instruments are also covered.

Compression Fundamentals

Improve your compression skills by re-thinking attack and release times and compression settings for any track. Learn how to create a pro mix with parallel compression, multiband compression, and limiting (including when not to use it), and how to start on the right path with compression from the beginning.

Audio Effect Fundamentals

Get guidance on how to avoid ruining your mix through over-processing, also getting instruction in using inserts vs sends for any effect. Explore how to use reverb effectively, and how to use delay well (and how to calculate delay times for any mix goal). Lastly, explore how to utilize lesser-known effects (phasers, tremolo, vibrato, flanging, and chorus) to add color and character to mixes.

Mixing Secrets

Key tips, tricks and shortcuts that help you get better sound in any project. Learn how to save on your CPU load while mixing, effective shortcuts for panning schemes, and how to approach gain staging and create adequate headroom so your mastering engineer won’t hate you. You’ll also get guidance in building height, width, and depth into your mix through the use of EQ and the Haas Effect. Lastly, I share a step-by-step way to get KILLER low end balance.

EQ Secrets

Learn how to utilize EQing techniques like EQ sweeping (to find tonal essence and problematic frequencies), EQ flipping/swapping (for track separation), and how to De-ess with equalizers. Discover new ways to use equalizers to explore your own creativity, while also getting a new step-by-step system to EQ literally anything.

Compression Secrets

Discover more detailed tips and techniques for using compression. Learn how to give your tracks and mix more “glue”, how to compress vocals (and other instruments, including bass) without ruining them, and how use compression to make your mix even more radio ready. You’ll also learn compression techniques the pros use to make their mixes shine (like using NYC compression tricks, sidechain compression, and multiband compression for added energy).

Audio Effect Secrets

Learn how to create reverbs that achieve a variety of mix goals such as blend, size, sustain, tone, and spread. Discover how to layer effects like a pro, while using delay for extra depth and thickness. Ever wonder how a Grammy Winner approaches effects, or ways in which distortion can benefit ANY mix? That’s covered as well.