Episode 54, Reference tracks

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In todays show I use a song titled “Lets Fall in Love”, a song that I learned how to mix from The Mix Coach, Kevin Ward, as a reference track.

Here is a link to “Mix Coach pro“, a month to month  mixing training aide, where you can become a much better mixer. At  “Mix Coach pro” you get a new song to mix each month, new mix training videos to watch, and a mix critique.

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Episode 53, Your tone is not what you might think it is.

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 That’s right. Tone is dynamic and it is personal.

To better explain, here are some links to a couple of videos…

Tone is a lie“, a funny and true video by the great “Just Nick”.

Rabea Massaad is a great guitar player and a great teacher too. He really shed some light on what it is that I am talking about in a recent in a YouTube video.

Mentioned in todays episode:

Here is a link over to Episode 51, an interview with David Vignola.

Mixing made easy“, by David Vignola, my review with links.

EQ made easy“, by David Vignola.

Why Gator rolling racks are superior!

I like to protect my expensive rack mountable gear. I also need to mount my gear in rolling racks due to my back injury. But hey, even if you are a healthy young buck, why pick up your heavy gear? Putting your gear in rolling racks makes life easier and way more professional looking. Racks make a cluttered music space look professional and more organized, as well as adding protection to your investment. I love the Gator PROR-6U-19 rolling rack.

However, not all racks are the same! Buyer beware! I was shocked to find out my six single-space units would not fit into my six space rack. If you watch the video I have put together for you, you will learn the reasons that I have found that put Gator racks and cases on top of the list.

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Gator Racks and cases are superior! Gator racks and cases have metal rails with threaded holes, not use these inferior nut/clip things. These nut clips are now so thin that you can only get one use out of them. Plus, 20 bucks for 12 clips? C’mon!

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Rails with threaded holes in the front and in the rear.

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Large opening in the front and rear! I spend a lot of time in the rear of my racks, patching cables, effects, and inputs and outputs. Who wants a small opening in the rear? What are they thinking? Gator racks have the same, large size opening in the front as they do in the rear!

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Buy one training video product, get one free, from Joe Gilder and the Home Studio Corner.

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Beginning on the 18th of December, when you purchase one training video using this link, you can get one of equal or lesser value for free! Hurry up though this offer will not last long. Once this deal closes, it is gone.

This is Joe Gilders’ way of giving back to all of us that consider him one of the best home recording audio guys on the web. Merry Christmas indeed.

Weather you have been “on the fence”, or not too sure if one of Joes videos is suited for you, then right now is your chance to find out. You cant loose out on this deal. If your mixing needs improvement, now is the time to strike. If you could use a tune up on EQ, Compression, or mixing in general, Joe has videos for you. If you need some help with recording killer guitars or maybe singing killer vocal parts, than this is your time of year.

So, to wrap this up, if you have been putting off pulling the trigger, pull it on the 18th. If you feel as if you could use some help in order to get better recordings or mixes, then do so on the 18th. If you are the sort of person that can’t refuse a great deal, then the get that deal of the year on the 18th. This is the most wonderful time of the year!

Here is the link for you to use, to possibly change your life, on the 18th. There is no limit to the items that you can get for free folks. Now is the time to get the entire collection! But you must hurry, the sale ends on December 31st.

If you decide to treat yourself to some videos, using the link in this post, I will of course sweeten the deal buy tossing in a free copy of “The Pro Mixers Playbook” just for being so darn clever! Use the link provided in order to learn more about the 4.5 hours of training found inside the “The Pro Mixers Playbook“.

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Episode 52, Writers block

Links from todays show:

Here is a link over to the review I posted for “Recording Electric Guitars” from Joe Gilder.

Here is a link over to my review for “The Mix Academy” from mixing mastermind David Glenn.

Here is a link over to my review for “Dueling Mixes“.

Here is a link over to my review for “Mix Coach Pro“.

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Steven Slate VMR demo

Yep, I caved in after only a few hours. I just had to have one of the EQ’s found inside the new Steven Slate “VMR” (Virtual Mix Rack) bundle. The entire VMR sells for the low price of 149.00 USD. With my purchase, however, I actually got two awesome EQ’s and two awesome compressors, and one bonus module called the “Revival”. You will need an ILok to hold your VMR license information, and those can run 40 to 50 bucks each.

 But how does it work and what does it do for your mixes? Glad you asked, please check out this video I put together after one evening with the new Steven Slate VMR.

Steven Slate will be adding more and more modules to the VMR line. He has also stated that the Steven Slate “VCC” (Virtual Console Collection) will somehow be introduced as a VMR module set in the not too far future. That is all great news for us Steven Slate fans. As the line continues to grow, you can expect more and more videos right here. I love the new VMR, and I remain excited for the future!

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The Mix Academy review, and my mix

If you have been into recording, mixing, mastering, or anything audio for any length of time then chances are you have heard of David Glenn. David is taking the world of mixing by storm. Mr. Glenn has been very busy honing his craft and teaching others how to mix like the pros. “The Mix Academy” is David’s newest offering into the world of mixing training, in the form of a monthly membership training program.

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Let me first tell you a little bit about what I have learned about David Glenn. I have had the great fortune of talking to David a couple of times, and each time he has a lot to share. Please check out the podcast interviews, between David Glenn and myself,  here (part 1) and here (part 2). I have also been lucky enough to review a couple of David Glenn’s’ amazing “tutorial style” mixing training videos, “Mixing Vocals“, “Mixing Acoustic Pop“. Both of these products are simply incredible, and have taught me an enormous amount about the world of pro mixing.

David has out done himself with the introduction of  “The Mix Academy“. We have all been patiently waiting for “The Mix Academy” to come, and now it is here. David has a lot to offer each member, too, and he stands by his promises.

A monthly membership to “The Mix Academy” will cost you a mere 27.00 dollars (U.S.). For that small amount you will have access to the actual (24 bit WAV) multi-track session files for your mixing pleasure. Next, you get to download a monthly, in depth, over the shoulder, mixing video that demonstrates how David tackled the song at hand. These videos easily run over an hour in length and cover many micro-lessons as well. You will get artist interviews, and an inside look at how David communicates with his clients. David then sweetens the pot by offering a forum where members can post their mixes for mix critiques, and monthly Google hangouts for talking about “all things music”. Wow, that is a lot of product for 27.00 dollars!

David also promises a crazy diverse array of genres for “The Mix Academy“. As for the genres that David has lined up for monthly mixes, how about country, metal, gospel, hip hop, R&B, pop, rock, EDM, and more. This is how I plan on getting better at mixing in a short amount of time. David has a plan and I am onboard. I know I will grow as a mixer, and David has my back!

As I type this out, I am just about done with my mix of the very first song from “The Mix Academy“, titled “Tiempo de Amar”. My first impression was that the tracks were recorded extremely well. However, the recording is very real. What this means is that this is the sort of mix that you can expect to get in the real world. It is well done, but there are some problems to tackle. For example, there are breaths and other vocal sounds in the vocal track. There is a fair amount of microphone bleed in the snare and kick mics. The acoustic guitars contain a lot of low end that needs to be removed. Such is life, and that is the whole point.

David Glenn wants you to learn the right way, with real world mixes. These are the types of mixes that you should expect to receive from clients around the world. Kudos to David for not supplying perfect tracks. The song is in Spanish, and I do not speak the language, but it does not matter. I love it!!! I am a sucker for powerful ballads with piano, guitars, pads, synths, electric guitars, real drums, back up vocals, and they are all included in “Tiempo de Amar”. This is as real as it gets.

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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 “The Mix Academy” is what you are looking for, then let me toss in a special gift for you. I want to give you back something, for joining today. As my way of saying “Thank you”, if you use any of these links to join, then I will give you a free, and a very special gift, “The Pro Mixers Playbook“.

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

 I have made over 4.5 hours of mix training videos, and I placed them all 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 pro mixers alike, inside in the “The Pro Mixers Playbook“.

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 So, if you use my links provided in this post to join “The Mix Academy“, I will supply you with “The Pro Mixers Playbook“. Please follow the link for the Pro Mixers Playbook to learn more about it, and to learn how to receive your copy. If you are thinking about purchasing any of the training video products that I have reviewed, than now is the time to make that purchase!

OK, back to the review at hand, “The Mix Academy“.

Let me tell you that I have witnessed my own growth as a mixing engineer. My growth has been amazing. This is due, in part, to joining mixing membership sites. I currently belong to three of these sites, and they have fueled my rapid growth. I really am amazed at the speed at which I have learned how to mix like the pros. I have obtained and retained strategies and techniques that have taken my mixing to a level that I never dreamed I’d make it to. That is as honest as I can be.

Each month I have access to well recorded, real world multi-track session files (that I can’t wait to get into). I mix them to the best of my ability. This has really taken off. Each month I learn new techniques that really help my mixing stand out. Next, I watch the monthly over the shoulder mixing videos. I get so much out of these videos that I then go back and re-mix the songs. I can’t help myself. So, I am not only mixing material each month, but I mix and then get schooled on how the pros mix the exact same songs! This is where the secret to fast growth lies. Everything else, like the webinars, artist interviews, and forums, are like a sugar-sprinkle coating.

This is learning at its finest. Each month there are new problems (in the mixes) that direct us to learn new approaches, new techniques for solving these problems. We are learning from the best of the best, and we are getting better and better.

Join “The Mix Academy” today.

Episode 51, David Vignola from Vision Recording Studios

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Thank you so much David for stopping in and sharing so much of your valuable time. David has been making music for a very long time. David is what I refer too as a working mans resource. David has overhead, or bills to pay. He is a studio owner, so he has to be amazing at what he does.

Please feel welcome to “virtually visit” Vision Recording Studios by clicking here. Here is a link over to the super informative Vision Recording Studios YouTube channel.

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Please click on this link that will take you over to my video by video breakdown of David Vignola’s “Mixing Made Easy” review post.

Johnny Geib posts Home Studio Trainer, and if you are a PreSonus Studio One user that could use some help, please contact Johnny.