Dueling Mixes, revisited.

No, you are not seeing double. You are correct, thinking that I have already reviewed “Dueling Mixes” . This video is a second visit. The song is the second offered from Joe Gilder (Home Studio Corner) and Graham Cochrane (The Recording Revolution), and it is a doosie! I could not get over just how many tracks there were this month. I think I counted five, and that was for just the hand claps! There are some fantastic vocals to be found here too.

This is the first song that I have mixed using PreSonus Studio one. The last time I mixed (and then reviewed) Dueling Mixes I used my go to DAW of choice, ProTools. I noticed that my M-box was breaking down. Slowly, but sure as day, a high pitch broadband type noise was entering my videos. This noise actually could be heard through my monitors! So, I had to swap out the M-box (and USB) for PreSonus Project (FireWire). The noise could be my computer too, or just the USB. I could not tell, except to say the FireWire is silent, so I went with that.


So, what is different with this, the second review, versus the last one? Lots! First of all, if you have not seen the beauty here, with the idea of “Dueling Mixes” , if you have not joined in the learning, the fun, the community yet, then please click this link. That link will take you over to “Dueling Mixes” , where for only 27 bucks each month you will get tons back in return. Here is what you get…….

Dueling Mixes” is set up so that each month you get to download/upload the exact same tracks/files that a mixing engineer might get to work with. You, then, spend days and days sculpting each track to sonic bliss using tricks from your tool box. This tool box gets full as each month you get two, amazing tutorial type videos too. These videos are from Graham and Joe, and the videos detail exactly what each mixer did to get their mix the way they like it. Each month you also get to hear both Graham and Joes mixes, and you get to vote on which one you like better (hence “Dueling Mixes“).

Ultimate offer

OK, hold on. Since you are reading through this review that tells me that you are looking to improve your mixing skills, so let me “sweeten the pot” a tad. Let me toss in one great big special bonus offer, just for you.

 As my way of saying thank you for using any of these links to make your purchase, I will give you some very special, very detailed gifts, aimed right at you, the person that is willing to learn more about recording, mixing, and mastering.

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Each one of these two video training products contains lots and lots of “How to” style videos that are made up of “screen capture” style videos, shot right inside my very own home studio, like you are sitting down with me. Each training product inside the Home Recording Weekly “Ultimate Bonus Offer” has been recorded, edited, and mixed down with a few main things in mind…

First, I know that “Content is king”. Each video contains quality, unique content that I, personally, just could not find anywhere else.

Next, the quality of the audio and the quality of the picture is the best I have ever produced. I worked very hard to create video training that is helpful in nature, unique in content, and killer in features like audio and subject. These are the best mixing and mastering tips and techniques that I have learned, that have taken my music over the top, and rocketed my skill sets to the best they have ever been.

Let me break down, quickly, what is covered in each training series:


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 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”.


DIY Mastering

Learning how to master can be confusing too. Figuring out how to get our stereo tracks to sound clean, wide, big, phat, and massive is a struggle. There are a lot of conflicting videos online that all help to confuse the viewer and help wreck your music. There is nothing else online quite like “DIY Mastering”, I guarantee it.

Included in “DIY Mastering” are training style videos that explain some of the most helpful, most impactful mastering techniques that have all come together to make my masters sound clear, clean, and huge. Video after video we go deeper and deeper into the strategies that really matter when it comes to getting great sounding masters.

The entire Home Recording Weekly “Ultimate Bonus Offer” 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.

If you are interested in learning the best of the best of the best techniques, the best techniques that have taken me years and years to learn and master, the best techniques for creating the best mixes and masters, all in “over the shoulder” training video form, then get your own copy of Home Recording Weekly “Ultimate Bonus Offer” today. Make that purchase.

Here is how:

When you use any of the links that I have provided for you in this review post to purchase, I will allow you a download code for the Home Recording Weekly “Ultimate Bonus Offer“.

As a matter of fact, before you purchase any studio training videos or memberships, come to Home Recording Weekly and use any of the links that I have provided in any of my reviews. That way I can view the sale and send you your free “Ultimate Bonus Offer“.

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

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OK, back to the review at hand……

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“.

The website for “Dueling Mixes” has a comment section for everyone (members) to post on. I enjoy reading what others have to say here, and how they got their mixes together too. All in all, this is the best 27 bucks anyone can spend. Heck, videos of this quality cost 4 times that much, and you only get to see them mix one song! With “Dueling Mixes” you get two videos each month, plus a new song each month!

This is how people learn! This is how you will get better! This is an amazing offer! Follow the link and get “Dueling Mixes” !!!!!

Here is what I did to get the mix the way it sounds in the video….

First of all, I high pass everything. Then I EQ to make it fit with the other tracks. This is sort of like carving out a place for the tracks to sit, along with the rest of the tracks.

Compression is mans best friend, once you know what you want to do with it. Please click on the “Understanding Compression” add, over to your right hand side of this page, if you are not getting what I mean. This video changed my life, and got me compressing with faith and confidence.

The Kick felt thin to me, and once I reversed the phase it sounded better. I knocked all of the lows off the kick, and the hi end off the “sub kick” just to allow them to blend together. Together they make one nice kick sound.

The bass needed to be compressed, and then I used buss compression, on a separate aux track to fatten it up even more.

The bass, kick, snare, and vocals were panned up the center. All other tracks go left or right. There are no other panning tricks or ideals here, just hard left, hard right, and center. Thanks Graham Cochrane, and “Rethink Mixing”  for that trick! That video can be read about by clicking the add to your right hand side too.

Here, and as a side note…. If you are debating leaving ProTools behind, and using PreSonus Studio one, then I say go for it. Look, if you can mix than you can mix on any DAW or console. I like DAWs, and love ProTools. I learned all I know using PT. I feel like I am breaking up with someone here, but that should pass, right?

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2 Responses to “Dueling Mixes, revisited.”

  1. chris porro says:

    yeah 27 bucks is cheap when you consider audio gear. i better get my mix on. or at least check it out.

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