Video Courses

The AudioSkills premium video library is organized into the following video series and workshops.

What’s the difference between a video series and a workshop? Video series are courses that contains multiple tutorial videos, so you can follow along step by step, at your own pace. Workshops are “all in one” courses, where a guest expert reveals their best techniques in a single in-depth video.

Beginners Series

The Ultimate Mixing Crash Course

The ultimate crash course to help complete beginners start off on the right foot with a solid foundation in the fundamentals of mixing. This series answers basic questions such as… What is mixing? What’s the difference between gain, level, volume, and loudness? What’s the difference between mixing and mastering? Learn how to shape your mixing environment, develop critical listening skills, and approach gain staging like a pro. Discover the essentials to compression and EQ, and how to apply these plugins to your mixes to get great sound. Finally, learn “The Ultimate Mixing System,” a step-by-step method that you can follow to create a fantastic mix, no matter your experience level.

The Art of Home Recording

The Art of Home Recording is designed to help complete beginners start off on the right foot with a solid foundation in the fundamentals of recording. Learn how to record vocals in a home studio, how to position a microphone in a home studio, and the benefits of following the two-position rule.

The Music Production Crash Course

The ultimate crash course for aspiring music producers! Learn the fundamentals of producing music on a computer… Get simple techniques for organizing and developing your musical ideas inside your digital audio workstation… Discover the key techniques for using tools like compression, EQ, and other audio plugins (both stock and third party)… Learn the best practices for using audio effects, pitch correction software, sampling, remixing, beat making, and more!

Ableton Live Bootcamp with Ben Runyan

Ben Runyan (AKA City Rain) is an electronic music producer based out of Philadelphia. He teaches music technology at Drexel University and Rowan University. In this video series, Ben teaches music production in Ableton Live, a popular DAW that can function as an instrument itself. Learn from Ben has he walks you through the basics of getting fantastic results.

Intermediate-to-Advanced Series

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.

The Art of Mixing Vocals

The vocal is the most important thing to get right in any mix. And it is often the most challenging to get right. This series is focused on how to mix vocals and get a great radio-ready sound that showcases the best of your music. This mini-series contains over 70 minutes of video lessons, including professional tips and tricks from Grammy Award-winning mixing engineer Trina Shoemaker, with demonstrations using ProTools and Logic Pro X (showing basic vocal mixing concepts that you can apply in any DAW).

Interview with Trina Shoemaker

AudioSkills founder Scott Hawksworth sits down for a one-on-one Q&A session with Grammy Award-winning mixing engineer Trina Shoemaker. Trina has been mixing professionally for over 20 years and her resume includes mixing the Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show. She has worked with artists such as Iggy Pop, Sheryl Crow, Queens of the Stone Age, and The Dixie Chicks, among dozens of others. Learn about how she got her start in the music industry, her favorite mixing tips, keys to mixing success, tips on gear and workflow, and much more.

Workshops

Watch top tier audio experts from around the world reveal their best techniques, in these exclusive workshop video courses.