Episode 64, Winner number 1

Hello all,

Congratulations to Mike and the band “Troubleshot” for taking the first batch of prizes from the 2015 Home Recording Weekly Song Writing Contest. They killed it with their song titled, “Some Days”, a song that I can totally relate too. What a great song and a job well done!

For a complete list of prizes and entry rules, please follow this link or click on the image logo below.

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Here is todays reader question,

Hello Kern, 

I have a question for your podcast

In my tiny little 8X9 room, i have bare walls except for on the wall behind where i mix. It has a very thick duvet hung up. 

I have about $300 to invest in sound treatment and I’m wondering…am I best served by buying some Auralex foam for my walls? Or getting a SE Reflection Filter?  I would sing with my back to the duvet and sing towards the reflection filter.  There is no other treatment in my room whatsoever.

Most of my mixing is done in headphones.  I don’t know if I am better served by the Auralex foam or the SE reflection filter. 

Thoughts?”

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“Mixing with EQ”, by Matt Weiss and The Pro Audio Files, reviewed

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EQ is super important. The concept of applying EQ to a track is easy enough for even a beginner to grasp, but that never seems to be the case when I try to apply EQ. I struggled with EQ because how could something so easy be so difficult to work with? Besides, how are we supposed to know what our tracks are supposed to sound like after they are EQ’d? You can see how some well placed training can help all of us. Especially if the training is from “Mixing Ninja”, Matt Weiss.

I have been tweaking EQ’s since high school. I found it very pleasing to slide the faders up and down on my 16 band graphic equalizer, that rested just below my cassette player, in my Chevy Chevette. I would constantly dial the 16 bands of that old EQ up and down as each song began to play. It was probably comparable to the of problem of texting while driving, but for back in my day.

But that EQ wisdom didn’t seem to translate at all into the world of recording and mixing. The more I learned about applying EQ, while mixing, the more I felt confused. The confusion lies with everything that comes with EQ concepts the different types of EQ designs, the different ways in which EQ’s seem to work, High and Low Pass filters, Notch filters, comb filtering, Additive and Subtractive EQ, “Q”, and then there is just so much more.

Let me add that I have not ever hit my goal of yielding an EQ like a pro. I closely listened to and then fell in a deep love with a certain drum tone, a particular drum sound, and have not been able to ever even come close to replicating it. The drums I am trying for are on the Beastie Boys “Grand Royal” CD. Those drums are some of the best sounding drums that I have ever heard. They just sound fat yet punchy to me. That is my personal goal and benchmark. I have hopes of using what Matt has to share about EQ and then applying that to my goal of one day being able to replicate these amazing drum sounds.

This is where it is wise to let Matt Weiss take the wheel. Matt Weiss is not only one of the hottest professional mixing engineers of our time, he also understands EQ’s to an extreme level, and he knows how to teach. Combine these assets and you have one heck of a powerful training series, “Mixing with EQ“.

I have interviewed Matt Weiss on The Home Recording Weekly Podcast, Episode ??, and I have reviewed other titles from Matt, including the mind blowing “Mixing with Compression“, the mix changing “Mixing EDM“, the surgical-like vocal helping “Mixing Rap Vocals“, “Mixing Hip Hop“, and the awesome “Maio Collection” Drum Samples, recorded by Matt Weiss himself.

Before I dive into a “video by video breakdown” of what you can expect from “Mixing with EQ“, let me tell you a little bit about “The Pro Mixers Playbook“, a video training series that I will give to you just for using the links provided for you in this very review when making your purchase of “Mixing with EQ“.

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Learning how to mix like the pros can be the most rewarding thing we ever do. It can also be the most frustrating thing we ever do. Why does learning how to mix have to be so difficult?

The truth is there is a lot of information out there, broken up into quick little video chunks, some over here, and some over there, and, well, in a lot of different places. Learning just one brand new mixing technique can take you to many different places that all seem to have somewhat competing information.

For this very reason, I have been hard at work, putting something rather special together that I call “The Pro Mixers Playbook“. I have made over 4.5 hours of training videos together, in one easy to download PDF file. I have listed, and then made corresponding videos for the most powerful, the most “mix-shaping” 15 Pro mixing plays that have had the most impact (hands down) with my own mixes. This is a mixing foundation just waiting to happen. There is something new and rewarding, for new mixers and pros alike, inside in “The Pro Mixers Playbook“.

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This is just my way of saying thank you for using any one of my links to purchase any one of the training videos that I have reviewed for you, right here, on Home Recording Weekly. Please click on the product images, logos, or text links to learn more about “The Pro Mixers Playbook“.

So, if you are interested in learning the best of the best mixing techniques (over 4.5 hours worth) in video training form, that will totally transform your mixes, then let me help you get your own copy of “The Pro Mixers Playbook“. When you use any of the links that I have provided for you to purchase any training video series  or any membership sites (Dueling Mixes, Mix Coach Pro, The Mix Academy), I will allow you a download code for “The Pro Mixers Playbook“, absolutely free.

All you need to do is send me an email (kern@homerecordingweekly.com ) with “free pro mixers playbook” in the subject line. Tell me the product that you have purchased, using my link, and I will send you a free copy.

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I hope you all enjoy the Pro Mixers Playbook. I put it together in hopes of showing mixers (new and old) something true, something real, and something helpful. These are the best 15 mixing plays that have taken my mixing over the top, and rocketed my mixing skills to the best it has ever been.

If you are thinking about purchasing any of the training video products that I have reviewed, and have links to, than now is the time to make that purchase!

OK, back to the review at hand……

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Mixing with EQ” downloaded onto my hard drive with three easy downloads. I love this style of purchase because I will forever own a copy, in my external hard drive, for future reference sake. The videos in the series are broken up into the three downloads.

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“Introduction video”

Matt welcomes the viewer and quickly details what you can expect in the video series that is “Mixing with EQ“.

Video 1, “EQ and how it works

After a brief history of Equalization, Matt Weiss gets into quickly showing the viewer some of his favorite, and most commonly used, EQ’s and their parts. Matt opens up the Fabfilter ProQ first and details the curves and filters. Were talking about bell curves, notch filters, high and low pass filters, tilt shift curves, band pass filters, and “pass and stop bands” here. The learning is already beginning for me. I had not heard about a few of these filters, but I can already see the uses that I could come up with. It is obvious that Matt knows more about EQ’s and their designs than anyone that I have ever come across in my life. He quickly goes over my head, explaining filter designs, but then he comes back with loads of practical information. Matt is concerned with giving the viewer all that he has, and he wants the viewer to know EQ on his level. I am going to buckle up my seatbelt, now, as it is going to be a bumpy ride. I am about to “get my learn on”. We are only about one third of the way through the first video.

The next part of the first video is about capacitors and inductors. Matt wants us to understand how these things work so that we can better understand how an EQ does what it does. I trust Matt 100 percent, so here we go.

Matt actually explains how circuits are used to make up the filters found in EQ’s. I am following this information, as Matt talks about it, partly because I have a background in electricity. At best it is basic, but I do have a sweet spot for electronic circuits. I have been known to solder a pedal up here and there, but nothing of my own design. Most people (with no electronic training) watching this might be sinking into their chairs at this point, but please know it will not inhibit you ability to apply EQ in recording, mixing, and mastering. Matt is simply “Geeking out to fellow geeks”. I am learning a lot here, but this is not mandatory, “must know and understand” information. We are now half way through the first video.

Matt next breaks into a discussion on phase distortion, and “The Three R’s”. “The Three R’s” are ring, ripple, and resonance, and this is really interesting information. Look, weather you follow this stuff in video one or you don’t, Matt gives it to the viewer. I have a couple of thoughts about this.

First, the viewer paid for all of the stuff that Matt knows about EQ,s. Matt is simply doing what he is supposed to do. He wants us all to get what we paid for. Matt does just that.

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Next, it demonstrates that Matt really is one smart cat that really knows what he is talking about. Listening to Matt speak at length about the components that are placed into electrical circuits, and how they alter frequencies reinforces the fact that we can lay back and trust Matt. He has our back here. We are going to learn more about EQ’s than we ever bargained for. Matt is going to clear up all of the confusion that can be associated with EQ, and he is going to instill that confidence that we all starve for. I am talking about a confidence in our ability to apply EQ, with purpose and precision. This is what most of us are really looking for.

Matt goes into linear phase versus minimal phase versus FFT phase. I barley understood most of this stuff, but I have heard of these types of EQ, and I have seen these types listed in an EQ that Matt uses, as a drop down list. Next, Matt demonstrates these types of EQ in a complete mix setting, just so we have an idea about what he is explaining to us. Next, Matt plays a mix with two types of EQ already applied. Wow the point has been made. Matt continues to explain the science behind these types of EQ, just to seal the deal, but the audio spoke for itself. Well done Matt.

I learned more about EQ, as a process, already, with just one video, than I ever thought I would. “Mixing with EQ” is not what I assumed it might be, at least not at this point. This is great news though, as I want to learn. Matt is one of the best mixing engineers that I know of. If he knows all of this detailed stuff about EQ’s then I need to learn it too. It must be a part of the puzzle.

Although I have a long way to go before any of that information settles in and becomes helpful, it has been delivered to me. I am sure that in time this will become helpful information, but time will have to pass for that to happen. It was great stuff for sure, but just not what I expected. I guess I didn’t know how much I didn’t know. Now I know. That’s all.

Video 2, “Contouring and balancing

The rubber starts to get traction on the road to understanding EQ in video 2. Matt opens up a simple “piano and singer” type of gospel track. He explains what he sees the piano covering, in the frequency spectrum, in easy to understand language. Next, Matt explains where he would like the piano to be in the spectrum, or what he would alter for certain genres of music. Then, Matt opens up an EQ and demonstrates what he was talking about. The EQ settings are broad and simple, with lots of “before and after listens” to drive home the points he makes.

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Matt also teaches us why he is doing the things he is doing. He points out why it is that he dips here and boosts there, with the EQ’s that he is using. He points out that things need space, and then he carves out the space using EQ’s. This is helpful, and more what I was expecting to learn in “Mixing with EQ“, right from the start. Matt has a way of tearing down what you thought you knew about the tools that we use and then building us back up with the all the right knowledge. Matt Weiss’s “Mixing with compression” was much like this series, and I absolutely rave about what I learned from that amazing video series. It also gave me “the confidence to apply compression” that I mentioned before.

The idea, here, that Matt is driving home, in a word, is “Contouring”. The idea here, in a metaphor, is that Matt describes the image and then shows us how he paints it. Matt explains what he is trying to achieve, here, with the music, weather it be a sound, a actual space, or a time in recording history, and then Matt applies EQ to get us there. Matt takes us through the process as he explains what he wants, and then how he gets it using EQ.

Matt explains the pianos’ EQ settings and then he goes for the vocals. He explains the way he envisions them sounding, and then he solos them so we can hear what we actually have to work with. Next, Matt applies the EQ to reach his goals. Brilliant! EQ is an art form, and Matt is an artist. “Mixing with EQ goes way beyond the usual stuff you hear, like “less is more” or “subtractive vs. additive EQ”, and the like. That stuff is already out there, and in spades. This is the real deal, and it is understand-able. Using EQ to create mood, create an effect, or to “paint a picture” is what Matt is teaching, and it is awesome.

But, here again, we are only half way through this video in the series.

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“Balancing” is more about getting something to sound like you think it should sound like. Matt explains what “Balancing” is to him, and then he demonstrates it in action. Matt explains that things can sound unbalanced once they are recorded. Some common ways to explain unbalanced sounds are “bright, dark, harsh, or maybe hollow”. Matt explains how to get a source to sound balanced using EQ.

 Be warned, Matt opens up a multiband compressor at this point in the video. I find this a fantastic idea as I need all of the help that I can get with both EQ and multiband compressors. After all, a multiband compressor is a cross between an EQ and a compressor. I have been using multiband compressors more and more with each new mix that I tackle. Matt makes things look easy, of course, but with practice will come confidence.

Matt explains each move that he makes, with “before and after listens” so that I digest everything that is happening. His explanations are some of the best, and I am answering his questions, finishing his sentences as he goes through the processes. I am learning a lot, and Matt is giving me way more than I bargained for.

“Texture” is the next ideal that Matt alters with EQ. Texture can come from many tools. Matt takes us through examples of texture coming from EQ and also tape saturation. Great discussion backed with audio examples. Boom!

Video 3, “Masking“.

After a quick explanation, Matt supplies some audio to drive the concept that is “Masking” home. Matt discusses the masking that is going on with a mix, and a track. After the viewer understands that idea, Matt opens up an EQ and fixes the problem at hand. Matt follows with more and more examples of masking, and more and more creative EQ solutions. Matt teaches as he works through each example. The audio examples that he supplies, and his understandable language, makes things easy to digest.

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Matt makes sure to give a lot of interesting mixing advice as he works too. He explains why he does what he does, and then he paints in other ideas too. For one example, Matt automates an EQ to notch out some mid frequencies, out of a synth track, for just a moment. This makes the synth sound a little thin. He explains the reasons for this move (a masking fix) and how it achieved the goal at hand. But he goes further and explains that later on in the mix he will have vocals over the top of the track, so the “thin-ness” is ok. The vocals will cover up any thin-ness of the synth. I would not have known that important bit, and I for one am happy that Matt is so generous with the insight.

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Video 4, “Philosophy

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This short video is a discussion on the theory behind amplitube, frequencies, how to think about sound, and how things may or may not change when we apply EQ.

Video 5, “Tonality in compression and saturation

To better explain the ideas that we just learned in video 4, Matt opens up a vocal track and shows us a few things. First, Matt shows us what is in the track for frequency information. Then, he shows us what happens, as a total, as he starts to change things with an EQ. Matt has a way of driving home the ideas that he lives and mixes by. “For every action that we make, there is an equal and inverse reaction”. Matt teaches us to think in terms of the whole mix, here, and not just in tracks. This is what I believe is the take home idea buried within “Mixing with EQ“. It is in here, but it is revealed lesson by lesson.

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Matt employs two EQ’s, a compressor, tape saturation, yet another EQ, and a de-esser, all to alter a vocal to where he wants it to be. He makes sure to play before and after listens, repeatedly, just so that we can follow along. Plus, he explains what each plugin is doing, in his own words, in his own ears. This is all about driving home the ideas that I mentioned before. Each move, each change that we make to a signal will alter it in other ways. We need to be aware of these things, and react to them as we mix. This is what makes Matt Weiss a total professional mixing engineer, and it is the stuff that I need to learn.

 Video 6, “Vocals and doing what’s necessary

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Matt continues on with the vocal and reverse engineers the whole vocal, showing the viewer the EQ moves and EQ settings as he works along. He runs into a cool masking issue, and explains why it is a good thing, and not a bad thing. This proves to be pretty darn cool.

Then he EQ’s some electric guitar tracks in the same song. One guitar has 4 EQ’s on, the other has 3 EQ’s. My thoughts were, “This should be interesting”. Let me just tell you, “it is very interesting”. I will not say anymore about this part of the series as you need to watch it with an open mind.

Video 7, “Drum workshop

Matt begins this video with a quick breakdown of what acoustic drums consist of, and what makes them unique when applying EQ. He explains why he begins EQ’ing the entire drum bus, so that the phase keeps true. Matt explains that EQ can alter a drums perceived placement in three dimensional space. I had not ever thought about these concepts before, but that is par for this course. After watching “Mixing with Compression“, and having my mind blown, and from what I have watched thus far in “Mixing with EQ“, I am starting to believe Matt could tell me something new and interesting about my shoe laces. Matt just sees things like no other mixing engineer does, and he has the smarts to back it all up.

You see, Matt begins by adding some gentle EQ to the drum bus. Once Matt EQ’s the drum bus (or the drums as a whole), he moves on to alter the tracks that make up the kit. He can now turn up or down the overheads, kick, snare, cymbals, or whatever he wants. He can compress or EQ any track he likes. This is a cool way to work, and one that had escaped me.

Matt adds a high pass filter to the overhead tracks and then launches into a conversation about using this practice. I usually do this, but now I will think twice about it. I just had not had the information that Matt shares with the viewer before, and it makes so much sense to me. Who knew that I would learn so much about both EQ and EQ’ing the drums? Not me. I am now blown away!

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Matt next gives two examples of what is possible with EQ’ing room mics. He explains two different ways to go with room mics, and then he shows what the EQ settings might look like, and sound like. Again, it is more about listening to the tracks first and then asking where you want the drums to go, in space. This is simply a new way of thinking for me, even though I had done this stuff for years. Matt looks at the world with a fresh eye, and uses the EQ so creatively that it makes me feel as if I, too, can do these things. To put it in easy to understand terms, Matt gives me confidence.

Mat does something with the kick drum that really makes me double think everything that I thought I knew about EQ’ing drums. He plays with some low frequency boosts, with an EQ. He points out that it sounds weird, and he is right. I don’t want to give everything away, here, but what he does next is something that I would have never thought about in a million years. I would have been stuck trying to do things in other ways. Matt knows the rules, but he knows when to break them. It is all about understanding the filters, phase, EQ as a whole on a higher level, knowing how EQ and phase work, and knowing what he can get away with. This whole series is eye opening and ear opening, and of so refreshing!

Half way through this video, Matt finishes up with acoustic drums, and gets to EQ’ing the ever hard to work with Sampled drums. Oh here we go…

If you are like me you work with and use sampled drums almost exclusively. As well as the usual drums as samples, Matt is talking about claps, 808’s, crazy hip hop snares, and crazy hats and cymbals too. Think hip hop here.

What instantly becomes mind blowing is not what I thought. I was amazed by what did not get EQ more than I was what got EQ’d. I always open up an EQ. This must stop. If Matt knows anything, he knows what needs EQ and what does not. Very refreshing!

Next, Matt discusses and then tackles the ever hard to fix, “Kick and bass fight”. This is money! Matt actually worked on it from the start, which only Matt would think about. But, he works along to get it dialed in so that harmony exists between the kick and bass tracks. It can be done! Masking is the answer, and Matt shows the viewer exactly how he uses masking to get the two to better live together in the track.

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Matt continue with some more lessons with masking between 808’s and kicks. The learning here is driven home with each new example. It is awesome listening to Matt “think out loud” here. I love how creative Matt can be, when solving problems. He has changed my mind set, and will come in very handy.

Video 8, “EQ effects

Multiband compression anyone?

Matt changes gears and begins talking about frequency consistency, and why he reaches for multiband compression when trying to bring dynamics to frequencies. Want to learn more about this stuff? Click the link right now, “Mixing with EQ“, and watch it. Matt completely explains how to use multiband compression to help frequencies lie better. He gives some great examples with “before and after” listens. He then gives one of the best examples of what a multiband compressor actually does with a filter and a compressor. I have not ever seen that done, so it was cool as heck to hear it in action. It will drive the point home for you, I promise.

Matt continues detailing EQ based effects, what they really are, and how they are commonly used in todays music. This part is a “must see” for new mixing engineers as it gives an idea as to how plugins are designed and how effects are made. Matt “makes his own” effects with EQ’s and then he plays examples of audio with effect plugins doing the same things. This is very eye opening to me, and the ideas are popping out of my head.

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Download 3 is a series of two mixes and a complete mix walkthrough video.

Having confidence when applying EQ comes with two things that you must have. First, you must learn from a pro. Next, you must apply what you learn with the passing of time. Matt supplies the viewer with more than everything they will need to EQ their next hit. I will need to think like Matt Weiss does, and work at applying what he has shown me. I feel very good about grasping everything he has to teach. Where I am worried is being able to remember all of the amazing concepts he gave. I will need to watch this again from time to time in order to cement the ideals. I will continue to reach for “Beastie Boys Drum Tones”, but for now I will work at allowing time to pass. I have a lot of brand new ways to think about EQ, applying EQ, and where to apply EQ in a mix. I have “Mixing with EQ” to thank for that.

So, if you are ready to leave all of the confusion (the confusion surrounding EQ) behind, starting right now, and pick up your free copy of “The Pro Mixers Playbook” at the same time, as my way of saying “Thank you”, click on any the “Mixing with EQ” links in this post. You will then be on your way to using EQ with confidence. No more confusion dealing with filters and such. Start learning about multiband compression. Begin to understand EQ bases effects and how they work. “Forever gone” will be the never ending wondering about what tracks are supposed to sound like once you have EQ’d them. Stop the madness, get better at mixing, and pick up “Mixing with EQ” right now!

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Episode 63, “A great song is like a great pizza”.

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Making a great song is like making a great pizza. Well, at least in my head it is.

As I listen to the songs that I have on my hard drive from years back up to recent entries, a theme sort of comes to the surface. There are a lot of us working harder than we need to. I have not ever thought about it like this before, but now I do.

Please send in images of your recording space. Also, send me some questions that you might have, or some topics that you might want me to talk about on the podcast.

Here is a link over to “The 2015 Home Recording Weekly Songwriting Contest“.

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Here is a link over to the “Pro Mixers Playbook“,

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and “Acoustic Treatment Made Easy“.

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Episode 62, “Listener Q&A”

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In todays show I answer a listeners great question. While answering this question I mention many training videos that have helped me with certain techniques. In case you might like to learn more about these training videos, here are the review links,

The Art of Balancing a Mix“, Matt Butler

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Mixing Vocals“, David Glenn

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Mixing with Compression“, Matt Weiss

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Mixing made Easy“, David Vignola

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I am so happy to be able to make a weekly podcast. Thanks in part to my awesome “UPLIFT DESK”, from “The Human Solution“, for letting me stand or sit and continue to record/mix/master.

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Episode 61, 2015 HRW Songwriting contest begins!

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The WORLDWIDE 2015 Home Recording Weekly Song writing contest is the biggest to date!

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Let me show you the coolest in workstations, the UPLIFT DESK, from The Human Solution. My UPLIFT DESK was ordered with black legs and a black (60 by 30 inch top), with three gromits too boot. It is simply awesome and so quiet in operation. It has helped me greatly already, and it can also help you perform better! Raise or lower your workstation when you want to, with the simple push of a button!

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I am so proud of how the contest has grown, year after year. I am so happy to have such a cool collection of unique, “home recording studio” recorded songs, from all of you that have entered. Let me say a great big (and heart felt) “Thank you all so much” to all of you that have entered. Good luck to each and every one of you that enter.

Here are the four (4) rules for entering…..

1) You must have “liked” Home Recording Weekly on our Facebook page.

2) You must subscribe to Home Recording Weekly by placing your email into the box on the right hand side of the Home Recording Weekly website. You will also receive the free EBook titled, “Acoustic treatment made easy”, as a cool bonus, just for entering the contest! How cool is that?

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3) You must place your song into a “compressed zip folder” and email it to “Kern@homerecordingweekly.com” with “song contest entry” in the subject line of your email. Here is a video that will help you do this step, if you need a hand.

4) Sit back and listen to the Home Recording Weekly podcast! I didn’t need to actually type this step out as you are most likely a fan of the Home Recording Weekly podcast anyway, right?

That is all it takes!

Just like all of the other years before this one, I have bent over backwards, making sure to ask every one that I know, and all of the companies that you have asked for, for prize donations. You will be wise to enter this contest since the list of prizes is quite amazing, even if I do say so myself. There should be additional prizes added to this handsome list of prizes, so please check back as the contest runs.

Here is the list of prizes that I will be giving away to three lucky winners, via the 2015 Home Recording Weekly Song writing contest….

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PreSonus makes one of the easiest to use, yet most powerful DAWs that I have ever come across. I use their DAW, “Studio one pro” every day. I love how it is laid out, and the powerful tools that it ships with. I also use a PreSonus gear in my home studio, like the PreSonus FireWire interface and Faderport, and love how it simply “everything PreSonus” works with every other tool in my studio, flawlessly.

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PreSonus wants me to award the winners with a downloadable only copy of “Studio One Pro3“! Boom! This is an amazing prize for PreSonus to donate, and it’s amazing for everyone that enters! Once I came to “Studio One Pro3“, I never looked back. The included Virtual Instruments are powerful, the plugins are amazing, the mastering section rules superior, and the crashes are rare, if ever at all. What is there to not love?

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My friend and fellow home studio owner, Johnny Geib, over at “Home Studio Trainer” has generously donated an hour of home studio Skype training to each of the lucky winners. That is simply awesome. Johnny knows about all things PreSonus, so this prize fits perfectly. Thanks so much Johnny!

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From Groove3 Training, a 365 day “All Access Pass” to their training videos. If you wish to learn something in audio, Groove3 has a selection of training videos for you to choose from. Some of the industries most important folks are making those videos, too, so this is one solid prize. If you can come up with a technique, virtual instrument, plug in, or a procedure, Groove3 has a training video about it.

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Steven Slate Digital wants you to win a copy of their Steven Slate Drums Platinum Edition. I have used all of the popular virtual/midi drum packs, and Steven Slate Drums Platinum Edition is at the very top. It is not a drain on your machine, it is very intuitive, and super easy to use. Most importantly, it sounds very, very, very good. Plus, your copy ships with tons of drum loops and a complete mixer section built right in. For great sounding recordings, the pros turn to Steven Slate Drums Platinum Edition so why shouldn’t you? You will need to purchase an ILOK USB to store your license for this product.

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IK Multimedia is onboard, and they want me to award three lucky winners with their own copy of T-Racks Grande mixing and mastering software. This is massive guys. T-Racks Grande is perhaps the best of the best in sound, flexibility, and in realism. T-Racks Grande has the potential to take your mixes and your masters from good to AMAZING.

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You will get the best in vintage and modern models as plugins, including compressors, EQ’s, Limiters, Multi-Band Compressors, and so much more. T-Racks Grande units all handle L/R and M/S processing, and have the best metering suite that I have ever come across. Dynamic range, true loudness, RMS metering, true frequency readings, and stereo field/phase metering is all included.

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From Kevin Ward, A.K.A. “The Mix Coach“, a free download code for “Guide to Mixing Pop Country“. Now here is a training video that gets right to what is really going on in todays music. Kevin Ward is a professional recording/mixing engineer living and working in Nashville, and he knows how to produce, record, mix, and master music. Kevin Ward has been doing music professionally for a very long time, and he has become a massive part of the “online learning” associated with all things music. He is funny, warm, smart, and he is “The Mix Coach”.

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If you are serious about making great sounding music, you must get to know Kevin Ward.

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From Nashville recording artist, Home studio owner, Mix Coach associate, “mixer magician”, and all around nice guy, Matt Butler, a copy of “The Art of Balancing a Mix“. This training video series was an eye opening shocker. Matt takes a mix from rough to ready for the radio with just a few choice stock plugins. He explains what is really critical and what is important when mixing a song. I don’t want to ruin the surprise, but it isn’t fancy plugins! “The Art of Balancing a Mix” is a must watch training series!

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Kris Crunk is a serious producer located in the music city that is Nashville. If you are like me, you’d love to sit down with Kris as he works, to better learn how he produces such professional music, right from his computer. Well, if you are like me, this is your moment in time! You can learn right from Kris himself, just by watching “Producing Pop“. Kris takes the viewer from the beginning to the end, from the initial idea for a song, right to the final automation edit, and he gives inside tips and tricks the entire way through. There are a ton of micro lessons packed inside, too, if you like receiving extra bonus after extra bonus in your content. Kris Crunk really packs a lot into “Producing Pop“. I am so happy that I watched and learned so much from him.

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You know that Joe Gilder is a friend of ours, and he wants to encourage us all to become better recording/mixing/mastering nuts. I know this because he wants to double the prizes that he gave away last year.

Yep, he wants you to have a copy of “Understanding EQ“, and a copy of  “Recording Electric Guitars“.  What more can I tell you about Joe Gilder that I haven’t yet told you? He is crazy good at all things recording, mixing, and mastering. He is crazy generous.

You can check out the interviews I have had with Joe Gilder, on the Home Recording Weekly podcast, here and here.

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Graham Cochrane, of The Recording Revolution, wants to give you a copy of his mind blowing, game changing, “Re-Think Mixing” training video series, and the complete “Jumpstart series“.

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These are big prizes guys! Re-Think Mixing could very well be the “holy grail of training videos”, because it is “that good”.

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I have watched this gem over and over, many time over. You will learn a ton from watching Graham mix a song, from start to finish, in Re-Think Mixing.

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From the great minds of looping greatness, over at The LoopLoft, a sample/loop pack that will blow your mind. This is true with each loop/sample pack that The LoopLoft has to sell. The LoopLoft loops are unlike any other loop maker on Earth. The group of serious musicians that come together to make The LoopLoft loop/sample packs are top notch. These cats are road tough touring veterans and they know how to make loops that will bring your songs to the forefront of popular genres!

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Three lucky winners will each receive the “Hunter/Harland-Bunker Session Bundle”. Let me just tell you that if you are trying to find unique, “slamming loops” like no other loop maker can match, out there anywhere, its time you step up and check out The LoopLoft.

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I was in what I describe as a “Serious Mixing Rut”. I had just run out of ideas and ways to transform my mixes, from good to great. I had all of the basics down, but that polish was eluding me. That was before the folks that belong to “The Pro Audio Files” supplied me with tons of extremely useful, easy to understand concepts and techniques that they apply to each and every mix that they turn in to the labels. Those two guys that I am mostly talking about here are David Glenn and Matt Weiss. I interviewed both on the Home Recording Weekly Podcast, here are the links to those two shows: David Glenn, and Matt Weiss.

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David Glenn is the man. His training videos have helped my vocal and drum tracks become clearer, more defined, and even contain more punch then ever. This is fact. You will understand what I am getting at after you watch “Mixing Drums“, and “Mixing Vocals“, both titles from David Glenn.

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David might just be the hottest mixing engineer in the “Gospel/Pop/Rock/Latin world, and his training videos are completely packed with useful, mind blowing tips and tactics that will improve your mixing abilities.

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Matt Weiss has to be the hottest mixer in Rap/Hip Hop and EDM right now. His mixes are exciting, moving masses of energy that just slam! If you want to learn his secrets, hear his techniques firsthand, all you need to do is check out “Mixing EDM” and “Mixing Rap Vocals“. These two training videos are some of the most impressive videos that I have ever watched on the topic of obtaining amazing, punchy, energetic mixes, period.

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Episode 60, Midi hacks for realism.

 

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What more can I possibly say about the amazing recording/mixing/engineering ninja that is David Glenn?

If you decide to purchase any of the following video training products, I will toss in my video bundle, “The Pro Mixers Playbook“, for free. Please follow the links provided to learn more about the products.

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Mixing Drums“, Since drums are the backbone of your music, or the foundation for which we build our mixes upon, shouldn’t we take extreme caution to get them as perfect as possible? “Mixing Drums” is the bomb, and it has really helped me to hear what my drums can be, and explained to me how to get them where they should be.

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Mixing Vocals“. Lets face it, mixing vocals is often times the most important task that there is when mixing a song. Like the drums, the vocals are just one very important part of a mix. Again, learning exactly what the mixing engineer is thinking, as he mixes vocals, is how we learn the most. Learning the ins and outs of how to mix vocals, using a professional mixing engineers mindset, the coolest mixing techniques, and todays most popular plugins is the name of the game inside of “Mixing Vocals“. This is one of the best mix training videos that I have watched, and watched over and over.

Mixing Acoustic Pop” is a steal. David Glenn brings everything to the table in “Mixing Acoustic Pop“. You will learn everything David Glenn does in order to hand in an amazing mix of acoustic Pop music. David mixes a song, from start to finish, using tactics that will complexly transform your mixes. If you are trying to learn how to make your mixes sound like todays mixes, polished and loud, then “Mixing Acoustic Pop” is what you are looking for. The sheer amount of insider thoughts, examples, and tricks found inside “Mixing Acoustic Pop” make it one of the best deals in training! This video series is jam packed full of amazing techniques that I have personally added to my mixing regiment.

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 Bias FX, from Positive Grid is coming very soon. It has been released (link here) for all of you iPad users. I cant wait to get Bias FX into my DAW and get to work!

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Episode 59, Big trick for awesome mastering.

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In todays episode I talk about a few things. Here are the links,

Mixing Drums“, from mixing engineer David Glenn

Mixing Acoustic Pop“, from mixing engineer David Glenn

The “UPLIFT Desk Dual Monitor Arm“, my ergonomic monitor product.

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The Human Solution“, makers of products that help people with pain issues become more productive.

“Mixing Drums”, from David Glenn, and The Pro Audio Files, a review.

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Drums are so darn important. Drums are the back bone of most genres of music. Shouldn’t there be a video series that details how professional mixing engineers treat only the drums? If you answered “Yes” to that question, then please, help me welcome “Mixing Drums“!

Drums are the most important element in my mixes. It is very important to get the drums right. I was told at the start to “build my musical house on a solid foundation”. Get the drums right and the rest will fall into place. I should say that it makes no difference weather your drums are “mic’d up”, multi-tracked real drums, midi drums from a V.I. drum program, or a hybrid of both drum approach. You need to know how to make drums come to life! David Glenn knows how to accomplish professional drums, and he is willing to share that with you!

Great sounding drums are actually many different mixing techniques all mixed in to a single mix routine. You must set up your template, tune the drums, EQ the drums, compress the drums, apply bus compression, use mix bus compression, use spatial effects like room reverb, trigger drum replacement samples when needed, and the list goes on and on.

Knowing when and how to apply all of these techniques is no easy task. This is the stuff that separates the pros from the amateurs. This is the stuff that takes years and years to learn. This is the “expensive stuff” that most mixing engineers do not like to share. Lucky for us, David Glenn is willing to share and explain it all! “Mixing Drums” is the best training video series that I have watched, dealing with the backbone of music that is drums!

Mixing Drums” is David’s “beginning-to-end” mixing training course detailing exactly how he mixes those powerful, well defined drums that he gets. But you probably knew that already. What you may not know is that David gives the viewer about everything he has learned about mixing drums, like saturation plugins, transient designers, compressors, filters, triggering samples, and so much more. You “virtually sit” with David as he explains each step of his amazing process. Inside “Mixing Drums“, David also includes a whole section (four videos in total) that he devoted to the important tasks associated with triggering replacement drum samples. I am excited to get a lesson in drum replacement for clients mix jobs.

The “keys to the kingdom” are up for grabs here, as you actually learn his thoughts and his hear his mindset for each of his processes.  You can hear what he is thinking when he does things like setting up a mix template, or following his explanations for bringing in plugins like EQ, compression, limiting, saturation, multi bus compression, bus tracks, and the mix bus, for just some examples. He teaches about triggering samples like the pros do. David also included three videos detailing how he adds his favorite reverb types to drums, in order to obtain realistic spaces. This is the stuff that will make you a much better mixing engineer.  This is how so many of the new “up and coming” mixing engineers are now turning in extremely good mixes these days. These folks are simply watching David’s’ training videos, like “Mixing Drums“, and replicating what David teaches.

Here are some of David Glenn’s other mixing training video titles:

The Mix Academy” is perhaps the fastest way to improve your mixing chops. Each month David supplies a rough multi-track session for members of “The Mix Academy” to mix, along with the training videos that demonstrate, step by step, how David mixed the same song to perfection. Each month you get insider information like how David approaches different genres, vocal editing and mixing tips and tricks, plug in training, and the list goes on and on. David is constantly improving the membership perks, and he is always doing things for members like hosting live webinars and reviewing members mixes.

  “Mixing Vocals“. Lets face it, mixing vocals is often times the most important task that there is when mixing a song. Like the drums, the vocals are just one very important part of a mix. Again, learning exactly what the mixing engineer is thinking, as he mixes vocals, is how we learn the most. Learning the ins and outs of how to mix vocals, using a professional mixing engineers mindset, the coolest mixing techniques, and todays most popular plugins is the name of the game inside of “Mixing Vocals“. This is one of the best mix training videos that I have watched, and watched over and over.

Mixing Acoustic Pop” is a steal. David Glenn brings everything to the table in “Mixing Acoustic Pop“. You will learn everything David Glenn does in order to hand in an amazing mix of acoustic Pop music. David mixes a song, from start to finish, using tactics that will complexly transform your mixes. If you are trying to learn how to make your mixes sound like todays mixes, polished and loud, then “Mixing Acoustic Pop” is what you are looking for. The sheer amount of insider thoughts, examples, and tricks found inside “Mixing Acoustic Pop” make it one of the best deals in training! This video series is jam packed full of amazing techniques that I have personally added to my mixing regiment.

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OK, hold on. Let me sweeten the pot just a tad, since you are looking to improve your mixing skills. If you are reading this review because you are still not sure if this video series is what you are looking for, then let me toss in a special gift, just for you.

Let me tell you about “The Pro Mixers Playbook“.

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Learning how to mix like the pros can be the most rewarding thing we ever do. It can also be the most frustrating thing we ever do. Why does learning how to mix have to be so difficult?

The truth is there is a lot of information out there, broken up into ten minute video chunks, over here, and over there, and, well, in a lot of different places. Learning just one brand new mixing technique can take you to many different places that all seem to have somewhat competing information.

For this very reason, I have been hard at work, putting something rather special together that I call “The Pro Mixers Playbook“. I have made over 4.5 hours of training videos together, in one easy to download PDF file. I have listed, and then made corresponding videos for the most powerful, the most “mix-shaping” 15 Pro mixing plays that have had the most impact (hands down) with my own mixes. This is a mixing foundation just waiting to happen. There is something new and rewarding, for new mixers and pros alike, inside in the Pro Mixers Playbook.

This is just my way of saying thank you for using any one of my links to purchase any one of the training videos that I have reviewed for you, here on Home Recording Weekly. Please click on the product images to learn more about “The Pro Mixers Playbook“.

So, if you are interested in learning the best of the best mixing techniques, over 4.5 hours worth, in video training form that will totally transform your mixes, then let me help you get your own copy of the “The Pro Mixers Playbook“, absolutely free. Please follow the link and learn all you need to do to get your free copy.

OK, back to the review at hand……

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Mixing Drums” consists of six downloadable folders, chock full of videos, plus the same exact multi-track session files that David mixes in the “Mixing Drums” series. There are a total of  23 separate video files, with over five hours of training! Everything that you ever wanted to know about how professional mixing engineers get those amazing sounding drums can be learned right here inside “Mixing Drums“.

The video series begins with some quick discussion about some general good practices like using reference tracks and mix template set up. David has many videos devoted to these topics and he explains where the viewer can go to learn more about these topics, via his own video training.

David then begins the fun that is “Mixing Drums“.

Introduction Video, “Welcome to mixing drums”

David gives a quick chat about what you are about to take in. David does not teach “The way”, he teaches “his way”, which is good to know. Mixing music is art, and David is a professional artist. I have learned a lot from David Glenn, and I am sure that I am about to learn a lot more.

Video 1, “Crucial first steps”

David quickly details what you can expect to receive as a  mixing engineer. David explains the importance of listening to the files you get to mix, and how to know where to take those drum files as a mixer. He explains the sorts of drum recording types and styles that we can expect to receive as mixing engineers. He explains how it is that he figures out the direction in which he intends to mix the drums. He then explains the importance of using reference tracks. Let me tell you that David has taught me (via “Mixing Acoustic Pop” and “Mixing Vocals“) more than I ever learned on my own about how to properly use reference tracks when mixing. I know that I will be adding “Mixing Drums” to this list of training videos that have taught me the most.

Video 2, “Routing and set up”.

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David explains how he sets up, gain stages and then routes his drum tracks. Listen close because there is a lot of enlightening and inspiring stuff in here. David has a great way of separating the frequencies that make up drums into separate routing chains. His method is worth learning as it makes so much sense. I have learned a lot from watching David explain his routing before, and the same goes for “Mixing Drums“. There is a lot going on in his templates, with compression, saturation, and a stereo bus. Make sure you listen close and take notes.

Video 3, “Stereo buss master class update”.

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David “mixes into” a stereo bus. This is a mind blowing concept, and I am new to this. I am learning more and more, and David is the best that I have seen at this. David quickly gives the viewer an explanation of what has changed in his master bus set up. You see, David has a free video series titled “Stereo bus master class”, where he takes the viewer through his stereo bus step by step, plugin by plugin. If you work along using Davids stereo bus template idea, you will want to see what’s new here. David has a killer approach to his stereo bus, and it is well worth the time to watch the whole series.

David is great at explaining the features of his plugins of choice for the stereo bus. He gets into just enough detail so that I understand what he is saying, but he keeps it just that deep.  It was nice to learn what has changed, and why it has changed.

Video 4, “Console emulation”.

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David covers a few ways that he likes to add color, or character to his drum mixes. He explains how he likes to use and set up his favorite purchased plugins, and even some free plugins. As David goes through his favorite plugins, he not only explains how he loves to set up each of these the plugins, but he gives a lot of “before and after” listens. He teaches what it is that he is attempting to achieve first, and then he walks us through each step. This is high value learning, and this is what David Glenn is known for.

David works through the parts of the kit, starting with the kick, then the snare, and so on until he has a very good sounding drum kit. Keep in mind, he has yet to even start mixing things down!

Video 5, “Saturation”.

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David continues to show the viewer how he likes to add character to his drums. Let me tell you that David does something amazing here, right off the bat. He brings in a gate, on the kicks, and it quickly cleans things up, and makes them sound way better with saturation. This is one thing that I would have never thought of, but it is so simple and so great sounding that I will be doing this from now on. “Mixing Drums” has already paid for itself. David also adds this gate effect/trick to the snares too, a little bit later on in the mix tutorial. It works just as good there, too, FYI.

David continues to demonstrate some of the different plugins he loves to use (some free) in order to add saturation to his drums. I like that he gives multiple ways that we can use to accomplish the same effect. It is true that each plugin is slightly unique and they all operate differently, but David explains how to use them in order to get a great console-like sound for your mixes.

Davis goes even further with his console sound emulation training and demonstrates each of these plugins and each of these techniques in order to add rich “analogue console sound” to snare drums. Plugin by plugin he goes through them, knob by knob, and explains how he gets them to bring out the tones he is looking for.

David also constantly shares great nuggets of wisdom as he makes drums come alive. He is always saying wise things that should be written down by the viewer. He says so many things about keeping proper gain levels, watching out for the mix knob values, how to use effects on bus tracks, and the list just goes on and on. That is just one more way that David manages to add value to “Mixing Drums

 Video 6, “Tape emulations”.

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David takes the viewer through some of his favorite tape saturation plugins. It is no secret that tape and tube saturation can bring attack and an analogue feel to mixes. But each plugin brings different attributes to the table. David takes the viewer through the plugins little differences, and lets the viewer hear the subtle differences between three of his favorite tape/tube emulations. David gives some quick “before and after” listening’s as he works along.

Video7, “Save CPU”.

No big secret about what is in store here. David shares one spectacular trick he uses to save on CPU usage in a dense mix. I do this too, so it is nice to see a professional repeat the things I need to sometimes do. If you find yourself running out of CPU as you bring in tape emulations, saturations, and console emulations, this video will save your butt!

 Video 8, “Reductive EQ and Filtering”.

We are talking about high pass filtering here. Its all about getting rid of the stuff that you don’t need. This stuff will just mud up your drums, and you don’t want that. David details how he sets up his EQ’s on his tracks, and in his template. David sets things up a little bit differently for some of the pieces of the kit, and he gives audio “listens” so we can better understand why.

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David also goes into some detail about what we can do with over head microphones. Lets face it, this can be very confusing for a lot of people. Do we start with the overheads and bring in everything after it, or do we use them as “cymbal mics”. David shows the viewer exactly what he likes to do, and then goes into the EQ’ing moves that make his overheads sound killer! Using Davids method you can bet that your drums will sound way better!

This is the stuff that takes mixes from ok to amazing. David explains how he rids his drums of those cardboard frequencies, or “that boxy-ness” that bothers even the newest of mixers. Simply watching David use an EQ will help you if you are struggling with EQ. He constantly explains each move that he makes, and he also makes sure to play the tracks as he makes his EQ moves. This drives home the points that he is making. AWESOME! I know that I say this a lot, but “Mixing Drums” is packed full of very detailed, drum orientated information, and its’ extremely valuable information too. This stuff has taken David years and years to learn, and it can all be yours today! Click here to purchase “Mixing Drums” and get “The Pro Mixers Playbook” as a special (free) gift.

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The room mics are next to get the reductive EQ clean up treatment. David whips this track into shape, talking as he does so, and he explains what he likes to hear from room mics. Live room mics follow, in a quicker paced succession. Please note that most of us devote the most of our mixing time to overheads, rooms, and the close mics. The close mics are the kick mics, snare mics, the tom mics, and the brass mics.

David constantly reminds us that this is a drum mixing training video, and he gives many examples of what we might do to our drums, differently, in other genres. Please note that David Glenn hears things, frequency wise, that I do not hear right from the start. His ears are simply amazing. If you are like me you will want to come back time and time again to watch David mix drums. His ideas are brilliant and what he does with little effort takes mixers like me hours to replicate. Practice will pay off, and so will checking out “Mixing Drums“.

Video 9, “Drum buss”.

I am excited now. David is going to show me a couple of ways to process my drums with a bus track. Mixing with bus tracks can get confusing. David wants you to learn, and not to be confused what-so-ever. He takes the viewer through some fun examples of when and where we can compress things. Placing a compressor in “the right place” can make all of the difference in the world. There is no wrong way to compress, true, but David uses real drum tracks to teach us the way he best likes to add drum bus compression. He details what he likes to use for compressors, how he likes to set them up, and he explains why he likes to do things this way. Lastly, he uses stock compressors to do the exact same things.

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All too often I use bus compression on my drums. It is like second nature. What David has just taught me is that I have not ever done it to its best. David breaks down what he likes to listen for, when applying bus compression. He just hears things that I have not ever been able to hear. I can hear these things now, and I will be applying this to my personal mixes from now on. My mixes are going to rock from this day forward. How much would learning mix changing techniques be worth to you? “Mixing Drums” just paid for itself, one more time! This is for real.

David applies bus compression using four or five compressors, constantly explaining what he likes about each one as he does so. I am learning a lot about how David thinks about bus compression and drum buses. The things that he points out have always eluded me in the past. Forgive me for sounding so excited about what I am learning, but I am excited. I cant wait to start my nest mix job.

David tops off his bus compression part of the tutorial with adding in some of his favorite saturation plugins. The bus is a perfect place to add this stuff, since all of the “shells” go through the drum bus. It is quite amazing how nice things get with the most gentle application of saturation. David gets some great sounds, and he is sure to “A/B” things as he works along, and he constantly points out exactly what he is doing.

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Video 10, “Kick drum”.

David begins with a quick look at the gate on the kick drum. Gating is important to remove some of the mic bleed. The David gets into the EQ part of the chain. It is amazing to see how quickly David can get the kick to sound thumping and large with just EQ. The kick is sounding great, and so that means we are onto the sub kick.

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David shows how he sets up the gate for the sub kick and then EQ’s it to perfection. Next he brings in the new Revival tool from Slate Digital. Follow that up with a cool transient designer application and the sub sounds killer. Davis is a genius when it comes to using transient designers to add or remove attack and/or sustain. He does this so well that I recently obtained one. David also brings phase into the equation to get the most out of the kicks.

If you have trouble working with a sub kick track and a regular kick track, together in a mix, David can help. He shows how he separates the frequencies up and then gets each track to do its job. When things are all done the kick drums sound fantastic, but you probably already knew that, right?

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Compression is so important. When you are mixing kicks, you must use compression. Well, if you ask me anyway. David uses compression to bring the attack to a much more aggressive level, and to bring a much more precise sound to the hitting kick drum. Davis explains each step very well, so that those watching can totally understand what he is doing. If you need fatter, more pronounced kicks in your mixes, then “Mixing Drums” is what you are looking for!

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David wraps up with another gate and a transient designer. David explains why he uses multiple gates and transient designers, and after he does it just makes so much sense! Lastly, David uses a new plugin to bring in “multiple band tape saturation. I like it when I get a cool micro lesson like the lesson on tape saturation that David gives in “Mixing Drums“. I love it when I pick up new ideas that will certainly make my mixes so much better! David Glenn is a mixing ninja.

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Thanks to David Glenn,  and “Mixing Drums“, my drums are going to be as good as the pros from now on. I have always said as long as your drums are right, the rest of your song can be right. It goes back to that “building a house on a solid foundation” thing that we have all heard a thousand times. It is true, and it works in music. As long as you learn how to get the drums right (and David teaches you how in “Mixing Drums“) then you can make the rest of the mix sound absolutely brilliant!!! Get the drums right and the rest is a piece of cake, right?

Video 11, “Snare Drum”.

This is where I need the most help. Let me tell you that one million mixing engineers will tell you one million different ways to mix a snare. The problem with that is that all of them will not sound as good as the snares that David Glenn mixes. What the heck is going on? How does David get such slamming snare drums? Here is the best look you will ever get. David keeps nothing back here. David teaches the viewer everything he does in order to get such expressive, lively snare drums.

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David walks the viewer through his template, plug by plug. He teaches as he works along, which is what I love. He explains how he sets up the bus compression, track compression, EQ, transient designer, and so much more, for both the top snare mic and the bottom snare mic. Davis details the settings that he makes on the plugins that bring the attack of the snare to life. If you had anything to ask David about treating snare drums, it will be answered here. David is slow and steady as he teaches, explaining each move thoroughly. I am learning where I have been making all of my snare mixing mistakes, thanks to “Mixing Drums“.

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I took the liberty of enlarging a screenshot of just one snare EQ setting found inside of “Mixing Drums“. I love that David is not scared to “mix with his ears” and “pay no attention to what his eyes tell him”. The way he uses EQ’s is like no other mixing engineer that I have ever met. He simply makes things sound perfect with EQ, no matter what the settings might look like. This stuff is not for the weak of heart. This is what professional mixing looks like, and this is how to get a killer snare drum! This is maybe my way of telling you that if you purchase “Mixing Drums” you will be learning to mix drums from the right guy!

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Video 12, “Toms”.

I used to think toms were simple and easy to mix. Then I woke up from watching “Mixing Acoustic Pop“, the training video series, also from David Glenn. David quickly showed how important toms can be in a song, and how he approaches mixing toms, albeit brief. After watching what David had to say about editing toms, and what he taught me about mixing toms, I work hard on toms now.

Toms are awesome, and need some attention in order to mix to the way the pros do it. You should learn how to tune your toms, and make them to be resonant and boomy. But your toms take up (or add) a lot of “woofiness” as they ring on with sustain. In “Mixing Drums“, David taught me to make my toms sound full and full of air, yet they “sound and then they go away”, as David says. The ideas and tricks that he teaches have brought my drum mixes over the top, and sound much more professional.

In this video David takes the much needed time to zoom in on the toms. David goes into great detail as he shares some amazing and cool tricks for getting great sounding toms. David shares his trusted tom tricks that will make your toms sound way better. David’s tom trick is actually a few techniques, all set up in a row. It is genius guys! This one trick paid for the whole training video series! But we are only about one third of the way through the “Toms” video. That means that there is so much more to come!

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Then Davis gets crazy. David yields multiband compression like no other mixing engineer that I have ever come across. He gets some amazing results, too, and in no time at all. Wait, multiband compression on toms? Yep, and it really works well.

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Like every other plugin that he uses, David is prepared to share how the plugin works in a short demo. He is constantly explaining a technique or how something does what it does. This really helps to get his points across. If you are the type of person that hates deep mixing conversations, with excellent dictation, and lots of “before and after” audio examples, “Mixing Drums” may not be your training video series of choice. For everyone else, it is simply perfect!

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David continue editing and mixing, fixing and fine tuning the toms as he goes. He demonstrates how he likes to use plugins like EQ to repair the unwanted tones in toms, and then tune tom drums for best effect. This is the gold guys! This is what decades of mixing bring to the table. This is the stuff that you just cant find elsewhere. David will blow your mind. If you believe that toms are not that important, David Glenn will make you a believer. His toms jump out of a mix and just sound killer! If you have toms that sound lackluster, David has what you need in “Mixing Drums“.

 Video 13, “Hats and overheads”.

Mixing the hats is important. I really enjoyed watching David as he sculpted the hats into shape. A little EQ here, transient designer there, and a little compression for taste, and wham, great sounding hi hats.

Removing highs from the hi hats may not sound like the right thing to do, but after watching (and listening to) David I have had a change of heart. What about automating a transient designer to add attack to a quiet hi hat part? I would have not ever thought about that detail, but David is about perfection and attention to detail. I am learning so dang much from “Mixing Drums” that I feel as if I will be mixing with a new mindset. This is the whole point I suppose, after all we watch these videos to learn, to grab new ideas, and to keep fresh, right? I am loving this series.

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The overheads get the treatment next. EQ, compression, more saturation, and Ocean Way Drums for that “room feel”. David is a genius and his approach for overheads is just as killer as the rest of his approach to drums. If I can add ten percent of these ideas to my next mix session I will have achieved something massive. No joke. It is not confusing, but there is a lot of work for me to do in order to mix even close to the way David can. I have a new “Touchstone” and it is “Mixing Drums“. I will be coming back to this series again and again.

Video 14, “Room mics”.

David goes through his settings for absolutely fun mono room mic. Creative juices drive what he does here, and I love it. He saturates this one and then gives them some stereo warmth with a reverb plugin. He details some finer things here, which resonate with me. David has some of the best ears in the business and what he hears really makes sense once he points it out. I would never had noticed that stuff but thank goodness David hears it. David has a very cool way to add a sense of space to the room mic. I will be stealing his ideas and using them in my own mixing. This might be the idea that I have been looking for!

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Room mics are next. David shows us a very cool trick here. He uses compression and transient designers in order to remove attack and add sustain, which makes the room sound much bigger. This is the coolest things that I have watched in a very long time! “Mixing Drums” continues to blow me away! Believe me, this is not just another series on how to use compression and EQ for better drums. There are some very hard core ideas flying around. This is the stuff that the pros keep from us amateurs.

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All through the series David shows multiple ways to accomplish the same types of techniques. This is where the gold really is. David makes sure to use his favorite plugins, plugins he also likes, and stock plugins that we all have access too. I love that he is looking out for all of us and not just showing what he can do. He really wants to help us, not show off.

Video 15, “Basic snare replacement”.

Video 15, 16, 17, and 18 are all about the art of drum replacement. This is an over the top over deliver from David Glenn. This is an amazing micro-series included within a series, and I am so thankful. “Mixing Drums” is just one of the most impressive mixing drum series that I have watched. The value continues to pile up and the amount of professional drum mixing techniques that David gives away is stupid. Stupid good, by the way.

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Drum replacement is something that we will come across and have to learn at some point in our mixing careers. At some point we will just have to replace a poorly recorded snare, kick, toms, or even a whole kit. This is fact. People like having professional grade mixes. If that means we have to either help a snare or replace a snare, that is what we will have to do.

David teaches the viewer his way of doing things. As you might have guessed, David has some cool tricks up his sleeves. He teaches everything he has learned after years and years of doing drum replacement. He is a mixing ninja, and it really is showing. “Mixing Drums” keeps giving.

Video 16, “Advanced snare replacement”, Video 17, “Kick replacement”, and Video 18, “Tom replacement”.

David explains the ins and outs of using “triggered samples” either as a replacement or as a supplement to the real drums. He completely and thoroughly goes over the trigger plugins and the template stuff that you will want to know. Everything comes out of the dark in these videos and becomes well lit. If you have any questions at all about how to perform this task, they will be well answered. I am telling you all, this part of the series is over the top. I will be coming back to study what David is teaching here, and thank goodness he decided to include this stuff!

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Video 19, “Snare plate”.

David does not get tired. David begins with explaining how he treats his snares with reverb. He uses room verbs on the whole kits, but he also uses many reverbs on snares. This is another of his secrets, many reverbs that all form one killer sound. He goes further than most and he shows you his compression, EQ, and even automation tricks that will help your snares jump out of the mix. AWESOME! If you still are not sure, “Mixing Drums” is an amazing series. The training found here is so expensive in value. Trust me, and get it right now. Go ahead, use the links that I have posted in this review. That way I can give you “The Pro Mixers Playbook” for free. That is value on top of value.

Video 20, “On the floor tip”.

David explains a cool drum automation trick here that simply blew my mind. It blew my mind because it has eluded me all these years. Man, just when you think you have learned a few things in my life, David smacks me with some truth. This is an easy trick to replicate, but it will make a very big impact in your mixes. This video is short, but powerful!

Video 21, “Add life to sampled drums”.

Here is another cool automation tip that will improve your mixes. This is an energy builder, designed for more impact, and it works! David has the skills, and so can you… Here is the link, “Mixing Drums“.

Video 22, “Drum bus automation”.

Drum bus automation is something that I had not ever heard about. Again, David Glenn and “Mixing Drums” is making my mixing career richer. My drums are going to be over the top, from this day forward. How much is all of this worth to you?

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 The bottom line is this…. I love to mix drums. I have learned a few things along the way, and I thought that I knew about how to mix drums that have an exciting, energetic feel. I am shocked at the amount of insane mixing ideas and cool tricks that I have just learned. To be honest with you, it is too much. I will come back and watch these videos again and again, just so that I can extract the goodness that lives in them. David is a mixing professional with a flare for teaching. Perhaps the most important thing that I can tell you about is the confidence that I have gained from watching “Mixing Drums“. I totally believe that I can pull this stuff off in my next mixing session. Confidence is a priceless commodity to possess. If you could use a boost, and a ton of ideas, check out “Mixing Drums” from David Glenn. You will be glad that you did.