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.

“Recording Electric Guitars”, from Joe Gilder

Let me start off by saying that “Recording Electric Guitars” turned out to be way more than I assumed it would be. It is a ton of video content, broken up into four week course. It quickly becomes a course on recording, a course on tracking electric guitars, a course on the production of a song with electric guitars, and a course on mixing electric guitars. There is a lot of learning here, so know up front that you will be taken from mic placement right on through to mixing the finished guitar parts.

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With that said, here is my review of “Recording Electric Guitars” from Joe Gilder.

Home Studio Corner is the place for all things home recording. Joe has amassed a large army of home recording nuts. This is no accident, as Joe knows how to get fabulous recordings from a home studio.

Recording Electric Guitars” can be difficult. Todays home studios have hundreds of options for the task that is recording electric guitars. Those options can take us all in many different directions. Let me give you some examples of what I am talking about…. Do we use a guitar amp? What about recording with pedals? Should we use todays digital products like Amplitube or Positive Grid? Do we use a D.I. signal and re-amp later? How do we tackle microphone placement?

 The bottom line is getting great guitar sounds in your home studio. That is all we want. The problem is that we have heard so much crap that we sometimes believe that getting a killer electric guitar recording, in a home studio, is impossible. Joe Gilder is here to tell us that getting a killer electric guitar recording, in a home studio, is possible. Joe will help us do this very thing. Welcome “Recording Electric Guitars“.

 Please allow me to get off topic for one second. 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 for you.

If you use any of the links for “Recording Electric Guitars“, supplied in this review, I will receive a small piece of the sale. I want to give you something back as my way of saying “Thank you”. If you use any of these links to purchase “Recording Electric Guitars“… then I will give you a free, special gift. Let me tell you about “The Pro Mixers Playbook“.

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.

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For this very reason, I have been hard at work, putting something rather special together that I call “The Pro Mixers Playbook”. Please use the supplied link 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 I will allow you a free download code for “The Pro Mixers Playbook“, absolutely free.

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Recording Electric Guitars” begins with a pre-recorded electric guitar based “Webinar”. Joe goes through some of the most common approaches for recording great guitar tracks. He also asks, and then answers, some of the most asked questions about recording electric guitars. You can expect to hear some of the following “guitar geek chat” in the webinar: solutions for buzzing amps, amp simulators, resolving effect pedal issues, microphone placement, cable questions, common microphone dilemmas, and a ton of great problem solving talk. This is one informative, guitar gear, home recording webinar. The webinar portion runs about 1.25 hours.

I heard some very good info here. Come to find out, I could have been recording my electric guitar amp a whole lot better. I have been recording things like electric guitars, live and in the studio, for a very long time. Joe explains the techniques and the issues that go along with recording amps with microphones. What he says about using microphones on amps makes so much sense! This is worth the price of admission alone. My recordings have already improved.

Joe continues to throw value on top of value, here in the webinar portion of “Recording Electric Guitars“. He first gives the listener two of his “secrets” for getting killer guitar tones. Then, he gives us his seven steps for recording awesome electric guitars. He then continues with some great tips for continuing to record guitar parts and tracks of guitar. This is “gold” for those trying to unlock some the mysteries associated with “Recording Electric Guitars“. Although Joe speaks rather quickly, at this point in the series, expect to learn about layering, recording with distortion, proxy effect, recording with effects, and some problem EQ frequencies.

Joe Gilder also has some other home recording studio products available.  “Home Recording Tactics“, “Recording acoustic guitars“, and “Recording killer vocals” just to name a few. These training products are all just as amazing, just as jam packed full of problem-solving, information-packed videos, audio clips, and other training aids too. Joe just has a way of making those often hard to achieve things like getting stellar recordings easy to perform. He explains things in detail and instills confidence in the viewer. I highly recommend these training aids to any of you that might be struggling to get killer home recordings.

Recording Electric Guitars” is very much like a class. Joe takes you, the student, through four weeks of lessons, things that you must perform, each week. The first week is a webinar that ends with homework that Joe issues as “a challenge”. This is fun and I found it very exciting.

The second week (or “Week two”) consists of eight videos and some audio files for us to import into a session. The eight videos are titled, “Tour of my rig”, “Tone”, and “Mic choice”, “Mic choice2″, “Mic placement part 1″, “Mic placement part 2″, “Tracking”, and “Recording overview”. Week three consists of a long video titled, “Mixing”.

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Video one starts with a tour of Joes electric guitar rig. We get to learn about Joes’ electric guitar, effect pedal board, guitar amp. Joe waste’s no time here, we are in his studio for only a few short minutes.

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Video two of the “Week two” video series, is where we learn a thing or two about electric guitar tone. Joe speaks about loudness, amp volume, and recording tones vs. recording tones. Joe tells us that this video is not about getting great guitar tones, per say, but, instead, it is about recording a good guitar tone.

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Video three is about microphone choice and placement. Joe quickly shows the three types of microphones that he has set up to record his electric guitar amp. He shows the distance and how they are aimed. He does this just to shed light on what is to come. He will be recording a guitar part and then we will listen back to the three tracks worth of guitar, and Joe will detail the minute differences between the three microphones. This is the good stuff.

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In Video 4, Joe quickly explains how he has a session all set up to record the three microphones. Then he goes ahead and records a quick take, recording all three tracks. Then we are able to take a close look at the tracks.

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This is where “Recording Electric Guitars” is going to pay off for me. I record my guitars rather quickly. After years of doing things the exact same way, Joe is going to force me to slow down and actually hear the differences that different microphones can bring to a song. I am really already getting a lot out of this series, and everything else, from this point on, is “just gravy”, or extra pay off. Joe also supplies the viewer with these very guitar session files.

Joe details what he hears, between the three tracks, as a home recording enthusiast, and how it will work in the song. He knows what he is talking about here, so please listen close. I am learning a lot about “Recording Electric Guitars“, and perhaps just as importantly, how these tracks work in a song. I can now hear the subtle differences that had eluded me for a long time, thanks to Joes explanation and demonstration. After some close listening, Joe decides on the Sure SM 57 microphone, and promises a new, better placement for our microphone. I am excited to learn more about how Joe finds a nice place to put the mic.

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Video 5, “Mic placement part 1″, Joe explains how he likes to go about finding a sweet spot for mic placement. This is a quick minute and a half video, but that is all we need here. Let me add that it is nice to actually see someone do the steps that I have only heard discussed so many times. Just saying, it is nice to see it for once, that’s all.

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In Video 6, “Mic placement part 2″, we are back at the mixing screen. Please know that Joe and his guitar can be seen in a smaller “screen in screen” section. This video is 23 minutes, so get ready for some very good learning. Joe describes the three step process he uses to find the sweet spot. He then explains how the microphone is routed. He is using a PreSonus preamp in this case, but we do not need to use a preamp to get great recordings.

Joe plays little parts as he moves the mic away from the amp. He plays the guitar right up on the amp and details what he hears. Then he pulls it back and does the same thing. This is really helpful and it really backs up what so many people have talked about. Next, Joe angels the mic and follows suit.

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Joe records two of his favorite “spots” and then we listen and compare. Again, this is the powerful stuff that really drives home the learning. Examining things in solo, with Joe, and with the backing tracks drives things home. I actually feel as if I can get much better electric guitar recordings now. Joe has taken me through his process and pointed out just what to listen for. “Recording Electric Guitars” is fantastic!

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Video 7, “Tracking” is a visual into how Joe plans on tracking the takes. He shares his vision, then he tunes up, and then he goes for the gold. Joe tracks along until he hits the wrong note. It is nice to know that I am not the only one that hits the wrong notes. Joe layers up a second track, using a different pickup. I am loving the whole “learning how Joe layers tracks” part of this. Track by track Joe puts a killer song together that sounds amazing! It was great to watch Joe and to listen to his explanations too.

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Video 8, titled “Recording overview” is where we get to see what Joe ended up with. Joe goes out of his way to break down each part of each track, and explains why they work. He brings in each track, describing as he does so. Joe got amazing guitar tracks right in front of my face, and he told me what he was doing. The great thing to take home here, pun intended, is that I can do this myself. Joe is a great teacher, and he instills that confidence that I was lacking. I recorded electric guitars all the time, but mine never sounded as good as Joes do. I  am now positive that my guitar tracks will be the best they have ever been. I have learned how to record the best possible tone, and how to layer parts that just work together. The whole layering of interesting guitar parts has really got me thinking about what is possible!  “Recording Electric Guitars” is so much more than I thought it would be.

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Joe walks the viewer through his song, and how he brings it to life with his guitar parts. This is so amazing. Getting such a detailed look at the actual guitar production was unexpected. Joe explains how he adds excitement and builds energy in a song by adding guitar parts. Now, no one needs to be a guitar here. Joe explains that his parts are rather easy and simple, but most importantly, they work! Getting this knowledge puts “Recording Electric Guitars” over the top in value. This is like getting a course inside a course! Really, this is amazing! Keep in mind we have yet to mix the guitars. That is going to make “Recording Electric Guitars” a course, inside a course, wrapped up in a course. Boom.

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The final video in the series is titled “Mixing”. If you have ever witnessed a mixing video from Joe Gilder, than you should know what you can expect here in video 9. Joe is perhaps one of the best at taking a collection of tracks and then mixing those into a song. He ends up with a song full of energy and emotion, ready for mastering. Since the title is “Recording Electric Guitars“, then the emphasis is on the guitar tracks, and Joe shows you everything that he does to obtain great sounding guitars.

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Joe slowly walks through each step of the entire process. Joe gives the viewer a complete mixing lesson in  “Recording Electric Guitars“! He EQ’s the tracks, one by one, compresses the tracks, one by one, and explains all of this in great detail. I just can’t believe the value here. Joe has simply added  “Recording Electric Guitars” to his long list of “over delivered products”. Guys, this video alone is over 1.2 hours in length! Joe gives you everything you will ever need to know when mixing electric guitars. So well done!

The last of the four weeks worth of training is another “webinar type”, podcast style of recording. The recording is actually some of Joes critiques. These guitars and whole mixes are from folks that took the “Recording Electric Guitars” course. Critiques are so darn important when it comes to learning. They can also be a very important learning tool. The inclusion here of critiques is a great idea.

Joe plays the whole mixes and then the guitar parts in solo mode, just so the listener can learn about what is really going on, and how they got there.

Don’t forget that you get all of the session files from the course, and you can mix them down just like Joe did. The learning is amazing up to this point, and it has not stopped just yet.

All in all Joe Gilder has amassed a pile of teaching here. It does not matter what brought you here, to this very review, but I bet it is because you are sick and tired of poor sounding electric guitars in your home recordings. If you are like me and you are struggling to obtain great sounding electric guitars, or maybe you are wondering how to layer guitars up to get that “wall of guitars”, or perhaps you might be trying to learn about mixing the guitars in your recordings, or all of the above, “Recording Electric Guitars” has what you are looking for. What are you waiting for? Purchase “Recording Electric Guitars” right now and get better guitars starting today. Plus, I will send you a free copy of the “The Pro Mixers Playbook” just for using these links.

“Mixing made easy”, by David Vignola, mixing video series, (review)

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I need to start this review off by telling you a few facts.

First, David Vignola is different than most guys that put out mixing training videos. “Why” you ask? David has “overhead”. Yep, David has bills to pay. That is what separates him, first and foremost.

David has his own recording studio, and he does all of the music production (if needed), all of the studio work like microphone set up, and all of the actual recording, mixing, and mastering. I cant think of a better person to learn from. Lets be honest and say David is as professional as it gets. Plus, you can trust what he has to say because if he was not good at his craft, he would not pay the bills, nor eat.

Let me add that David uses real microphones to record real instruments. He encounters all of the same things that we will all encounter in our mixing careers. Things like microphone bleed, phase problems, and everything that most studios know all about.

Second, “Mixing made easy” is a complete steal. You get 9 videos in the “Mixing made easy” series, and all for only 15 U.S. Dollars! If you think about it, you are paying less than 2 bucks for each of the 9 training videos. David is a pro you guys! This is the most classic example of “under sell and over deliver”! There is no reason for you to not own “Mixing made easy“. This is a series that everyone should own.

Lastly, David works with PreSonus Studio One pro. That is not too important, in terms of learning mixing, as any ole’ DAW will have all of the same features, and all of the tasks will translate. It is important to some folks, however, as David really knows how to use PreSonus Studio One pro. He shows a lot of cool features that we can all take advantage of. He also shows a few ways to accomplish the same task, and that is all good stuff to learn  as well.

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Video one, “Introduction”.

David includes an introduction video, and this is where he lets the viewer know what he or she can expect. David tells us, right up, front that he loves to talk. This is a fact.

Video 2, “Clean set up”.

In video two David begins by cleaning up the session files. He explains how he likes to remove dead space from his tracks to save CPU power, and to keep his sanity. David also discusses simple things like fades and why he removes low level noise from his tracks. This stuff is actually very important to do, especially if you are trying to obtain nice and clean mixes.

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Video 3, “Gain staging”.

David Vignola starts off with a good explanation of what gain staging actually means to modern mixing engineers. He gives real numbers, too, unlike most guys that might will ask about this stuff. David gets into such topics like “unity”, “levels”, “head room”, and “clipping”. This is the stuff that you need to learn, and David shares it all with the viewer.

David explains why shooting for a “unity” level on your faders is important. I will be honest with you and tell you that I learned something already. I had no idea about how faders are laid out, in DB, and why we should do what David is teaching. That is awesome, and that is why we purchase training videos, right? David is the pro, and I just got super excited again.

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David takes us through how we can go from -9 to -12 DB. More importantly, he explains why we need to do this task. He talks at length about many important things, and even goes back to the days of analogue. All of this is to drive a few main points, that are very important, home.

Video 4, “Drums”.

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David does not compress with the herd. This is actually refreshing. He explains how he approaches using compression both in his mixes, and in the drum bus. This was cool to see. Have I been over compressing the drums as I mix? Imagine……

David likes to first open a stereo bus compressor on the drum bus, and then mix all of his drum pieces into that. I have not ever even thought about using a bus compressor in this method. Wow, this is the stuff that makes me constantly scour the web looking for training videos. David has a cool way of doing a lot of tasks, and “Mixing made easy” is really paying off.

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David uses a lot of the same plugins that I personally use. This sort of thing is always fun to watch as I learn so much stuff. No one mixing engineer seems to use the same plugins in the same ways. David is no different in this case, as he continues to be creative in his routing and plug in use. David uses a lot of EQ, Steven Slate plugins, and Universal Audio plugins.

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David id using the terminology that we all often hear from mixing engineers, but he is actually explaining things so that the viewer can follow along. David first details how he likes to get “that low end thump” from the out side kick mic, and “that pleasing click” from the inside kick mic. David then reinforces these concepts as he demonstrates how it is that he gets those sounds with a stock EQ.

I want to add that David is constantly doing something, track by track, that I saw another well known mix engineer do years and years ago. This “thing” is something that I had forgotten all about, but is super important to do. David makes sure that each plugin he adds is hitting at zero. This is so important, as a step, but so many of us fail to do. Oh my goodness, David, thanks so much for showing me where I need help. That has just paid for the whole series. Wait, this series is only 15 bucks. That came back to me in the first video of the series.

If I may…. Since this series only costs 15 dollars, isn’t it worth the price just to learn how a real studio owner approaches a mix? Isn’t it worth 15 bucks to watch a man with a real budget attack a mix with his choice plugins? Isn’t it worth 15 bucks to learn about just what computer, what plugins, and what DAW David uses in his real studio environment? Heck, this is serious information from a real world mixing engineer, if you were to ask me. Here is a link to purchase “Mixing made easy” right now, so you can learn the stuff that really matters.

After a very cool EQ trick, or idea, David gets back to mixing the snare. If you are not too sure what the knobs on one of your EQ’s are actually doing, David has a cool trick for you. I love how David constantly givers cool ideas as he works through the drums, and the mix as a whole.

Davis continues through the pieces of the drum set, explaining and then repairing things like phase relationship, frequencies that we do not and do want, track after track. Setting by setting, adjustment after adjustment, things begin to really take shape. David explains the issues, shows the viewer how to fix the issues, and then he supplies the viewer a quick before and after listening, bypassing plugins as he does this.

David continues through the drums as he cleans up, and then sweetens up, the high hats, toms, and overheads. David makes sure to go back and check his meters, on things like the drum bus compressor, and he details these important tasks well. There is a lot to say about being aware of what is happening to your mix as you mix in track after track. This is important stuff, and I am glad David shares these important steps with us all. “Mixing made easy” is a working mans mixing Bible, if you will allow the pun.

David fixes the room mics for the drum kit. He shows where we can typically find the bad frequencies. He shows us the box like frequencies, or the cardboard. You will hear a lot of mixing engineers talk about fixing the room mics, or the drum kits as a whole, and they mention these terms (box or cardboard). After watching “Mixing made easy” you will know what to listen for, and how to repair your own drum kits. Awesome!!!

David ends this video with a look back. He makes sure all of the meters are where they should be. He also goes further and does some cool A/B listens, just so the viewer knows what each piece of gear is doing to the overall sound. Great stuff!

Video 5, “Bass, organs, and percussion tracks”.

David dives into the bass. He begins to sweeten up the recorded bass track with all of the usual suspects. This is as real world as it might ever get, as it is a real bass track played by a real person. Awesome indeed.

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David compresses the bass track with a LA2A, and he gives a nice breakdown or explanation of the entire process. David explains what the knobs do, and then we listen to the compressor in action. He shows the listener what to listen for, and how he applies compression to fix the issues.

Next, Davis sweetens up the bass with an EQ that I know little about. The MAAG EQ sounds amazing, and now I have learned how to use another cool, great sounding, EQ.

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I love how David remains humble. He is constantly going back, to make adjustments, to tracks that he has already worked on. He explains that mixing is a process of moving through a mix and constantly going back to adjust things as we move forward.

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David continues through the tracks, tweaking shakers and some other percussion-like tracks. He gives a great micro lesson on the 1176 type of compressors, with ample “before and after” listens, too. I love how Davis never opens a new plugin without giving a nice micro lesson. That is how these types of videos pay off so well.

The “Mixing made easy” series compares with the track by track mixing lessons that the better known pros sell, but at a fraction of the price. I am learning all of the exact same techniques, seeing all of the exact same tools, used in the same ways, but with David explaining his way through the process. David excels at explaining how plugins (like compression and EQ) bring very subtle sonic characteristics. He is somehow able to describe these tiny sonic changes to the listener so the listener can hear it. Some of the pro video makers out there fail to deliver here.

Video 6, “Guitars”.

As a guitar player, let me say that this part of every video series is always my favorite section to watch. David listens to each guitar track, again, with the whole mix playing, and explains what he hears in the acoustic guitar tracks. Then David explains how he is going to fix the issues at hand, and what tools he is going to use to get us there.

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 As you see in the image above, David attacks a pair “boomy” guitar tracks with a Pultec EQ. Here David again supplies the viewer with yet another great micro lesson. He uses the knobs too explain how to rid a track of its boom-e-ness, using a Pultec style EQ. He is so good at “before and after listening” too. It is like magic how David cleans up the guitars using only an EQ. I am learning new things here. I have never used a Pultec as a high pass type of instrument. Thanks goodness David has, and thank goodness he is sharing what he knows with us. “Mixing made easy” rocks!

Electric guitars come into the fold, next, as David continues mixing the song. There are four main tracks of electric guitars, and plenty of shorter, “fill types” of tracks too. Making these tracks sound separate and unique should be a treat to watch, and this is the stuff that I need to learn more about.

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David explains what his ears detect. He is spot on, too, and he gets to work detailing the issue. He opens up an EQ and gets to work sweeping for the source of the nasty frequencies. This is a cool trick that he has shown to us, and he continues to build upon, each time he uses it. It is amazing how quickly David is able to get a guitar to sound so darn good and professional, using only one EQ. Although he used a drastic set of EQ cuts, he gets it to sound right. All through the “Mixing made easy” series, David details that we need to use our ears as we mix. He is constantly teaching the right way to do things, and he sticks by them.

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David brings in compression, but not without pointing out, in great detail, why. He points out what to listen for, and then fixes that issue with compression, teaching as he does so. I love the LA2A compressor on guitars, and so does David. I am loving how David continues to use plugins to fix things that he hears and points out to the listener. I know I have said this, but this is what learning looks like, and for 15 dollars you just can’t go wrong! I am amazed at the quality and the sheer amount of teaching that is inside “Mixing made easy“.

 David continues on, track by track, adding just the perfect amount of EQ and compression. He explains things well as he moves through each step of the process, which I have come to enjoy very much. The mix is really starting to come together, and it really sounds great. What is more important, though, is that I feel confident that I, too, can repeat all of this stuff in a mix of my own. Sure, it will take some practice, just like anything new we learn, but David has instilled confidence in me.

Here is a sign of being genuine. As David mixes through this song, he comes across some things that he did not expect. He finds some problems in the lead electric guitars that he thought he was fixing. He had to go back and start with a new tool. This is mixing. We will all have to start certain parts of a mix over, just to make them as great as we know they can be. Thanks for being so honest David!

Video 7, “Parallel drums and static mix”.

David begins with a few serious tips. He took some time away from the mix, and then he came back with “a fresh set of ears”. It is a lot better to come back to your mix after a nice break. After a short break, you will hear things that you simply could not hear as you were mixing. You will be amazed at just how different a mix will sound to you after a 30 minute break. It is a real thing and I am glad that David points this stuff out. He also talks about mixing at low volume, and monitoring your mix in mono, which are both just as important to do as taking breaks. This stuff all comes with experience, and it just points out that David has lots and lots of experience.

 David starts mixing again, just to better get familiar with the mix again. David does things like checking the master bus compressor, the stereo bus levels, and things that need checking. David also does a new static mix, real quick, since his ears are so fresh and tuned.

A fresh set of ears told David that he needs some “parallel bus compression”. He details why he is brining this technique to his mix, and it makes a lot of sense. We typically loose the kick and the snare in a dense mix, as track after track come into play.

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David explains how he sets up a typical parallel bus compression track, and then he starts dialing it in. He explains each step of the entire process, and why we perform each step. David is thorough enough that anyone will be able to completely understand this cool technique and how to replicate it their own mixes.

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Lets face it, these very sort of things are what can take a mix and make it sound way more professional. Each little trick and technique that we can learn, and then use at our will, is like gold. “Mixing made easy” has paid for itself, many times over, and we are only at the start of video 7 out of 9. If you are interested in learning to mix, like the big guys, then I will suggest very strongly that you start with watching “Mixing made easy“. You can’t go wrong with David’s’ teaching, David’s’ advice, and David’s’ experience. It all shines through as the videos unfold. He gives a ton of information here, and it is all the same stuff that will transform your mixes.

David continues to set up and then dial in the parallel bus compression track. It is amazing what this easy to replicate technique can do for a drum sound. He gets the kick and the snare to “cut” in the dense mix. Then he makes sure that the toms are cutting through.

I learned a few things watching David apply parallel bus compression. I had not ever thought about adjusting the separate pre fader sends, like the kick, snare, and toms like David did. I simply turned them on and called it good. That explains why my results were good, but not as killer sounding as David’s. I am so glad that I purchased “Mixing made easy“. It has continued to pay off, video by video.

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Next David begins the first wave of reverb. David adds reverb in a unique way. In fact, I have never witnessed anyone add reverb in the ways that David does. I do not want to let the cat out of the bag here, suffice to say that I am again learning new things. I love it when that happens! David gives some killer reverb tips, too, like how to tell if you add too much reverb, quickly. Plus, the mix is jumping out at me now. What an incredible sound! David gets the whole band, track by track, to sound like they are all in the same space. The space sounds amazing too!

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David also drops some nice compression on the acoustic guitars, as he forgot too before. Like David, I love the LA2A on acoustic guitars. There is just something magic about how it works on a well recorded guitar track. Then David goes on to dial in the perfect amount of reverb. Once more, this mix sounds fantastic!

Video 8, “Vocals”.

Video 8 begins with David explaining what the vocal track is to him. After a quick run down of the vocals importance, we start editing the vocal track. There are some breaths and other noises that need to be repaired. David removes all bleed and noises, explaining as he works. With the editing all done, the vocal all cleaned up, it is time to mix.

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David begins with his trusty Pultec EQ. Why not, that is a great way to begin. David really brings the viewer along as he finds the best setting on the Pultec, and he does many “before and after” listening’s, just so we don’t get lost. Forgive me for not detailing every step, here, as you probably have a feel for David’s depth with explaining things. Compression comes next.

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David brings in compression, but more importantly, he demonstrates the before and the after. He points out things that we might otherwise miss. This is the good stuff. If you can’t physically be with a mix engineer, to learn from, than these training videos are as good as it gets. David really shines here, and he gives the viewer so much more than you are expecting. The value found in  “Mixing made easy” is simply amazing. David needs to raise the cost of this series. There, I said it.

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Delay comes next, as you might expect. David details his strategy for adding reverbs and delays. His approach makes a lot of sense, especially if you are trying to verb/delay for todays music genres. After getting a very nice delay going, David adds some nice reverb. He is very cautious to not “over do” any of these effects, which is a micro lesson of its own.

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David adds one delay and three different reverbs to the lead vocal. You would think that this is way too much, but it is not. In fact, it sounds just right. It all has to do with the way that David applies the reverbs and delays. I am (once more) learning a lot from David and “Mixing made easy“.

David continues on, track by track, with the back ground vocals. He employs a bus EQ and a bus compressor since these are all the same vocalist. After this step is complete he adds reverb and compression. He then pans each back ground vocal track left or right, and then boom!!!!! Boy this mix sounds amazing! David ends the video out with some very fine volume tweaks, just to get the lead and the back ground vocals sit well together.

Video 9, “Final mix”.

David details exactly what all of the levels are doing, and details what the plugins are doing to the over all sound. Each plugin is doing its own little thing, and it is the sum of the parts. Each thing we did to the mix adds up to deliver a great sounding mix.

Lastly, David opens up the EQ on the mix bus. He then removes a little bit of mud, and the mix improves!!! With one little EQ trick the whole mix sounds better! That is a cool trick, just to top off nine videos of cool tricks and techniques.

Let me wrap it all up for you.

David has really rolled up his sleeves and taken the viewer along on what I would call a common professional mixing job. The actual session file, or song, that David mixes is typical of the mixes we all will be asked to mix as mixing engineers. Everything David did in the “Mixing made easy” series is what you can expect to perform in your mixing career. David is great at detailing certain, perhaps common problems, and how to fix them. He shares what he hears, points out what to listen for, and how to better listen to certain details as you mix.

David began “Mixing made easy” with a quick explanation of where he wants the song to end up, in terms of DB. At the end of the series he is dead on. That just drives home the point that David has experience, is professional in every way, and is confident. He is not about being a big shot, and it is not about ego. David wants to teach folks how to get great mixes, and he has done it at a very reasonable cost. For only 15 bucks every mixing engineer in the world should own a copy of “Mixing made easy“. Get yours now!

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Pro Mixers Playbook by Kern Ramsdell

Hello.  Let me ask you a question. Are looking to improve your mixing skills? I put all that I have learned in one place.

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.

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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, here on Home Recording Weekly.

Here are the titles of the 15 videos, in no certain order :

Introduction video, Applying EQ, Applying Compression, Bus Tracks for Effects, Mix Bus Compression, Parallel Bus Compression, L.C.R. Panning, Low Level Monitoring, Layering Samples, Mixing in Solo Mode, Mixing With Your Eyes, Mixing in Mono, Side Chain Tactics, Reference Tracks, Multiband Compression, and Best of the Best.

So, if you are interested in learning more about “the best of the best mixing techniques”, over 4.5 hours of videos worth, that will totally transform your mixes, then let me help you get your own copy of the Pro Mixers Playbook.

Here is how:

When you use any of the links that I have provide for you in all of my training videos series review posts, to purchase any training video series,  or any membership sites (Dueling Mixes, Mix Coach Pro, The Mix Academy),  I will allow you a free 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.

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!