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From the brilliant minds of two of the coolest, hippest, home recording/ mixing leaders, comes “Dueling Mixes” . Dueling Mixes is the absolute brightest training aide or learning system to hit the web. I mean that too. I have learned a ton from these two guys, and with “Dueling Mixes” I will continue to learn from them. Let me explain.
I learn the fastest, and the easiest, from watching training videos. This is true for learning mixing too. The next best thing (come to find out) is mixing along side a training video, and having the same tracks to mix? Forget about it. This is a win/win/win, and the only way to learn from now on. “Dueling Mixes” is the best idea to come along in a long time, and you really need to try it out. What do you have to loose?
As a mixing nut, please allow me to make a couple of suggestions for you. Since Graham and Joe put on Dueling Mixes, I know you will also love these titles. “ReThink Mixing” is one amazing mixing training video from Graham Cochrane, from The Recording Revolution. My mixes started getting better right after watching him mix a song, from start to finish, inside “ReThink Mixing”.
Next, the “Understanding Compression” and “Understanding EQ” opened up my eyes and my mind. These titles are both from Joe Gilder, over at Home Studio Corner. Gain that confidence that you crave, when it comes to compression and EQ, with both “Understanding Compression” and “Understanding EQ“.
I could tell you all about it, or I could just show you.
I began this “Dueling Mixes” song with some minor editing. Just your run of the mill copy and paste, for some bass notes that were missed, and the like. Nothing too hard core, and then I did some rough set up work.
I mix in mono. I use buss compression too, and as a “glue”. I use reverb (if the song calls for it) as a buss track too, for drums, guitars, and vocals. I started by just dropping these tracks into the mix. I then added EQ’s and compressors onto just about every track. All of this stuff is covered in this months “Dueling Mixes” videos (the videos submitted by Joe and Graham).
I mix like a true hybrid of several mixers, all rolled into one. The three or four people that I have watched mix, have rubbed off on me. Let me detail what I mean.
I pan like Graham Cochrane. He explained and then showed this cool panning tip in ReThink Mixing. I won’t share it with you, but I will say it has impacted me in a big way. This tip alone has sped up my mixing, and simplified the whole process for me. Mixing, well as far as panning things like drums, is no longer a chore.
I found some trouble in the drums. I love the fact that Graham and Joe decided to pass on the troubled drums. This is how it really is in the world of mixing, and I need the practice anyway. I almost went with a total replacement of content here, and then I changed my mind at the last second. Joe used some cool tricks to get a big sound, so I stole his ideas. I gated and then used a tone generator too, but I didn’t get the same sound he did. That is what practice gets you, right?
I fudged with the drums for way too long, and then I decided that I just had to move on. This is not my song. I mean, how long do we wax and polish? A rough time limit had to be set. The time to move on had come.
I use compression, and compressors, just like Joe Gilder showed me. I reviewed Joes’ Understanding Compression video here. I have used compression and compressors before, in the past, but just not with as much certainty that I have now, that’s all. Joes seven steps to compression has also sped up my mixing process, and made it much more fun. Let me state for the record that I compressed the bass and then I used some major parallel buss compression just to add balls to the bass. I tried the “Graham” fuzz thing, too, to add treble to the bass, but ended up using a “smashing parallel buss compression” instead.
I continued suit with the drums. They got compressed on each track, and then I blended in a smashing parallel buss compression. This just adds movement, or air, and a fat sound that makes me smile.
Then, after I had added some air, I sprinkled in some space via a buss reverb aux track. I ended the mix here, as I had to get this video up. I will continue to come back to tweak this or that, as I now have the tracks. They will be mine for as long as I want them. “Dueling Mixes” has to be the best thing to happen in a long time!
Just like the guys both say, a mixer is also responsible for keeping up interest, you know, as the song flows. I muted and unmuted parts as the track plays, so keep an eye out for that, or keep an ear out for that! “Dueling Mixes” is going to be a big part in my getting better at mixing!
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