The “Complete Jumpstart series” bundle, from Graham Cochrane of The Recording Revolution

 

The “The Complete Jumpstart Series” is a great series of training videos from Graham Cochrane, of The Recording Revolution. He has had a great career in music up to this point, and he is just as awesome at teaching as he is at making music. Graham knows what he is talking about, and he relates what he knows in very easy to understand terms.

He was a guest on the Home Recording Weekly Podcast, and I am thankful for that interview. He really had some great things to say about recording, mixing, and just making great music in your home studios. Here is a link to that interview.

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The “The Complete Jumpstart Series” was made with one basic goal in mind. That goal was to get folks to roll up their sleeves and get to making great music. Forget the fears that you might have, and the all of those excuses you might have made up too. Graham shows us that if you do this stuff the right way, it is not hard. No, it is fun!

Included in “”The Complete Jumpstart Series” are five separate folders with titles like (and in no special order) “Jumpstart to editing“, “Jumpstart to Compression“, “Jumpstart to EQ“, “Jumpstart to Mixing“, and “Jumpstart to Mastering“. There are three videos inside of each of these five folders, for a total of 15 videos! For example, the “Jumpstart to Editing” folder includes, these three video titles “Drum Editing”, “The other instruments”, and “Vocal pocketing”. That’s a lot of titles for just one purchase. That’s what you get from Graham, and The Recording Revolution, quality and content!

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If you are interested in becoming the best mixing engineer that you can be, or if you simply want to be able to mix your own songs and music much better, then you will want to check out my review of “Dueling Mixes“. Graham Cochrane and Joe Gilder (of Home Studio Corner) team up to teach you how to mix a new song each month. You actually get the same exact song files (multi-track) that the guys mix down, and two complete mix tutorials, that show you how to mix from start to finish. After a few months of “Dueling Mixes” practice under your belt, your mixes will start to come together! Check out “Dueling Mixes” today.

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By the way, I have also had the pleasure of watching, and reviewing, “Re-Think Mixing“, from Graham Cochrane of the Recording Revolution. “Re-Think Mixing” is a very in depth look at mixing a rock song, from start to finish, in all of its steps. Here is a link over to my review of that great video series.

 

This is a long review post. There are five folders full of videos inside the “The Complete Jumpstart Series” each with three videos inside of them, for a total of 15 videos in all. That is a lot of content to cover in a post. I am sorry that it is so long, but I am happy that you will get so much awesome content in one simple purchase!

If you are pressed for time, then you might want to skip down to the video and then come back and read the post in better detail.

Here is a breakdown of the folders and the videos found within:

The “Jumpstart to editing” folder” includes the following videos: “Drum Editing”, “The other instruments”, and “Vocal pocketing”.

The “Jumpstart to Compression” folder includes the following videos: “Introduction to compression”, “Using compression”, and “Compressing for effect”.

The “Jumpstart to EQ” folder includes the following videos: “Introduction to EQ”, “Using EQ”, and “Final Thoughts”.

The “Jumpstart to Mixing” folder includes the following videos:  “Volume and pan”, “EQ and ambience”, and “Transitions and flow”.

The “Jumpstart to Mastering” folder includes the following videos: “Introduction to Mastering”, “EQ and Limiting”, and lastly, “Reference Tracks”.

Here is a look at just exactly what you can expect from each of the 15 videos……

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“Drum Editing”

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“Drum Editing” is the first video I consumed. I didn’t watch it, but instead I learned, and put what I learned in my working mans memory bank. Graham shows how to time align drums (multi microphone drum tracks with overheads and room microphones) that would have been recorded from a typical paid band recording session. Graham shows this task from the angle of “any D.A.W. can do this”, and any D.A.W. can do it this way, and then shows some ProTools tricks. Great and very valuable content. If you want your songs to fall in time, and you want repeat customers, then you need to check this video out.

The other instruments” is the next video that I consumed. After a quick breakdown of Grahams workflow, he chops up the bass and gets to work. He drops the bass “into time” and quickly I might add. Time is money in the editing world, and Graham knows this. He explains things in detail, but works smartly. That is the right way to do things.

He moves onto the guitars next. Keep in mind that this is a real world “for pay” session that we are editing. This is great as you get to see how Graham edits his way through a session, time after time. The acoustics are the next instrument to get edited into time. Great tips continue to flow as he speaks. He seems to answer my questions, as I think them, which is uncanny. I ask things like “Why not time compress and expand (T.C.E. tool) the guitars”? He knows and explains why we do not want to do that. Great content!

Next, inside “The Complete Jumpstart Series“, we nudge the piano into time, part by part. Graham also explains how to “comp” parts. We comp for many reasons. Maybe it is due to volume or a bad vocal take. Whatever the reason, you will learn how to comp from watching this great video series. In fact, you should now have the skills needed to line up your electric guitars and other tracks too, into time. He urges you to follow suit, and do just what we have learned, with what ever tracks you might have. There is just not enough need to continue repeating the same tasks, over and over. So, onto vocals! Here is a link for you to check out the “The complete jumpstart series” right now!

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“Vocal Pocketing

Pocketing is a term tossed around by recording/mixing engineers. It means to place the audio (in time) where it will have the most impact. Time is the factor that we are discussing here. Vocals are perhaps the most important part of most songs.

So far, in the series, we have lined the drums up to a grid in time, and yet made them sound real and professional too. This editing task is very important, and it is called pocketing. Next, we “pocketed” the bass, acoustic and electric guitars, and then a piano track. This video is reserved for pocketing the most important track, well, of this sort of genre anyway, the vocals.

Graham shows us how to slice up vocals into parts and pieces, and make them sound so much better. Placing them ahead or behind the beat makes things sound so different! Graham moves things around and details what to listen for, and what you will want to do, to better pocket your vocal tracks. I am glad that Graham uses a universal type of pop/rock song to use as an example. This step really makes a massive difference. I hope you all check this video series out, and learn how to do this. You will forever use this stuff in your career in music, and You will forever be leaps and bounds ahead of those that have not seen”The Complete Jumpstart Series“.

Next, Graham shows us how he likes to work with the troubling issues of lip smacks, breathes, and other unwanted sounds. These are the very sounds that will make our tracks sound armature at best! If you want to “sound like a pro” then you will need to know this stuff. Graham makes sure that you get your moneys worth, too. He shows us how he works with each type of unwanted sound. He also tucks a solid and cool trick for harmonies in at the very end of this video. This is where the value just adds up, and up!

I write, and enjoy this sort of song, and if you do to, then it is just like a cool bonus. This is actually a very upbeat and very cool song.

“Jumpstart to compression” folder…….

 

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“Introduction to compression” 

Graham starts off with great content. He explains what compression is, where it comes from, and why we use it in recording, editing, mixing, and mastering audio. Graham shows us how to get around on a stock compressor, or the compressor that ships with his D.A.W. of choice. However, all compressors work the same. If you can learn what the knobs do on one, then you can work any compressor there is. Graham shows us how to work a compressor. After his explanation of what a compressor is, what the knobs do, and how they work, I feel confident. I feel comfortable too, and so will you.

Graham is a great teacher, as well as a great mixer! He is easy to listen to. He drives points home. He uses audio examples. He knows what he is talking about, and it shows. That’s why he made the “The Complete Jumpstart Series” and not anyone else.

“Using Compression”

Graham applies the freshly learned ideals about compression to some audio. He compresses vocal tracks and then some snare drum tracks. This is awesome. This is what we need to watch in order to learn compression, and know compression. We can talk about it all day long, but actually seeing it in action is just so much better! You need both, and he delivers both!

Graham goes into more detail, as he goes along, just to assure that we understand what we are doing with compression. Using a compressor blindly will not accomplish a single thing. It is all about gaining confidence, and that is what Graham supplies to the viewer. Boom! Now, lets compress.

He dives in with compressing a male vocal. It is so much easier to understand what is happening, as you watch someone do the compressor knob turning, and telling us what they are doing as the turn. This is what you can expect. Graham explains what he is “going for”, and how he gets the vocal to where he wants it. This is teaching. This is learning.

Just to drive home what you just learned, Graham by passes the compressor and plays back the vocal track. Then he explains what to listen for. Then he brings back the compressor. The difference in what you hear is amazing. He really just showed us how to make our vocal tracks sit better in our songs!

Next we alter a snare drum. We want to add some life, some fatness to it. He demonstrates, very quickly, how to brings some body and life to a snare track. Graham is the man when it comes to using a compressor, that is for sure! My snare drums will now how a lot more life to them!

But, just to say it one more time, I now feel way more confident when using compression. What is that worth? A lot! I am loving “The Complete Jumpstart Series“.

“Compression for effect”

Compression for effect? What is that all about? Glad you asked.

Graham shows us how people love to use compression as an effect in todays music. He starts off with placing a compressor on a whole mix of drums. He turns knobs “out loud”, talking as he does so, and gets some great and funky sounds out of a drum set. This is all done in “Series”, but then things get very interesting. He opens up a parallel compression track.

This trick is “so money”. Engineers use this trick on bass and drums all the time. If you listen to the radio, then you have heard this time and time again.  If you were to ask me, I would tell you that this is the sort of trick that separates the newbies from the pro’s. This adds life, body, and excitement to what ever you place it on. If you want punchy, fat drums and bass tracks, then this is how to get that sound. This series is worth every cent! I am so loving the “The complete jumpstart series”! Follow the link to get your own copy right now!

“Jumpstart to EQ” folder……….

“Introduction to EQ”

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“Introduction to EQ”

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This is the first of three videos that cover all things EQ. Graham not only teaches us what all of the knobs and dials do, but so much more. He explains his techniques for “using EQ” when recording, mixing, and mastering. EQ does not have to be this thing that you struggle with. Not at all. Graham shows us how to use an EQ to its fullest, and how to gain confidence when applying EQ to our tracks. Once again, it is about learning the skillset along with the controls. Graham is a great teacher…… wait, I have said that, right?

After watching just the first video dealing with EQ, of the three EQ videos, you will understand how EQ’s work, and how to approach using EQ. Graham explains what you are looking at, in the “visual frequency spectrum” of the EQ, and how to use an EQ to alter tone to your vision.

Next in “The Complete Jumpstart Series“, you will learn all about Low pass filters,  High pass filters, notch filters, “Q”, high shelf filters, low shelf filters, and so much more. These are all associated with EQ, and you “will be schooled” on all of these things. What a crazy intense video series. But Graham never overloads us, as he gives us a little bit at a time, and then helps us digest what we just learned.

Please let me just tell you that Graham “preaches” that we should Cut and not Boost when using EQ. This tip alone will save you time, tone, and frustration. If I had to place my finger on just one tip that has changed my studio life, dealing with EQ, this one tip would be it. Graham gives it freely, and explains it to us in easy to understand terms.

“Using EQ”

Graham opens up a mix (a great mix full of guitars, keyboards, drums, and vocals) and uses EQ just as he would each and every time he mixes a song professionally. He explains what he is listening for, and how to apply EQ to each of the many different types of tracks. He uses low pass filters, notch filters, and all sorts of cool, easy, and yet effective EQ tricks. He cleans the mud out of the song in no time at all. He makes room for each of the individual instruments too. He takes the song from good to great with just EQ on each of the tracks. Great EQ’ing.

Just from watching the “The Complete Jumpstart Series“. I have learned so much! I now understand what they mean by “make room for the bass and kick drum”. This is perhaps the most thorough and complete video series, on editing and mixing, that I have ever watched.

“Final Thoughts”

Graham wraps up these two great videos on EQ with some great information. This extra information should help us in our using EQ with confidence in our mixing. I know that I learned a lot. I have been using EQ’s for a very long time, but Graham always shows me something new.

He also shows us some cool effects that we can do ourselves with EQ. He discusses how to think creatively with EQ’s. He goes on about how to  and maybe use EQ  to extremes for effect. He mentions some great ideas like using automation, different EQ’s, and some awesome EQ settings to get cool sounding tracks.

“Jumpstart to mixing” folder…………

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“Volume and pan”

This is where the tires meet the pavement. This is where Graham takes a rough mix, an entire song full of tracks, and starts mixing towards what will become a finished song. He goes into detail about such philosophies as static mixes, LCR panning, mixing in mono, and of course “mixing as a whole”. There is a lot to go through when explaining mixing. Graham dives right in and takes us by the hand as to not loose us.

Graham first does a quick static mix with the volume levels. Then he explains LCR panning as a discipline, and then applies some panning. He constantly is going back and getting things (volumes and pans) more and more close to where they will eventually sit as he works along. He also continues to explain his choices as he works. He is our leader, and he does a great job of explaining things.

“EQ and ambience”

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Without skipping a beat, the mixing continues in “The Complete Jumpstart Series“. We are applying EQ and ambient effects like delay and reverbs to our tracks that we just roughly mixed. Graham starts by cleaning up the low end. He makes room for the low end instruments, and makes things sound a lot more clear. This is like magic. Graham works efficiently, and he explains what he is doing as he goes.

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Next, we get wet. We start adding reverbs to things like drums. We are not going for effect at this point, but realism instead. Graham explains auxiliary tracks, busses, sends, and routing as he works along, just to make sure that you do things right. Getting the best sounding mixes is the aim, and Graham has on right on track! Plus, as he explains, multiple reverbs can be draining if placed on each track. So making buss and aux tracks can be very handy on many levels. Using auxiliary tracks, busses, sends, and routing is very important to learn and to know.

Graham makes drums (like virtual drums) sound like they were played in a drum room, from using reverb and some clever routing. Then he explains why it is important to route other tracks to that freshly created room reverb. Track by track, if it needs the sound of the room, he makes it happen. This is what mixing is all about.

Delay is next in the “The Complete Jumpstart Series” series. He opens up a nice stock delay, and sends some instruments that might need delay to the delay track. One by one these tracks come alive! We are adding space and room, but it sounds like magic to me. Beautiful! Graham also explains the delay plugin to good detail. Things like sync and ping pong effects within a delay are covered here. Thanks for the extra bonus stuff Graham! This is why the “The Complete Jumpstart Series” is so worth the asking price!

“Transitions and flow”

Graham continue with firming up our foundation. Remember that if you learn how to do something with confidence, you will be able to repeat it with confidence. Graham re-affirms his philosophies about mixing. A “mix” as a whole is about holding the listeners attention. It is about holding back until you need to let it rip. This is hard to do. We want to blow minds, and right from the first note. This is the stuff that you will learn from Graham.

Graham plays the song that we have been working with, in its finished form. He then breaks down all of the little things that he has done to make it pop and flow. It is great to hear the song completed, but it is even better to hear how it got that way. He shows us everything, too, from EQ and compression to depth with reverb and delays. He details how he keeps the excitement going through each part of the song. This is like seeing a puzzle put together, and then someone showing you how it got put together.

“Jumpstart to mastering” folder…………

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“Introduction to mastering”

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Mastering……. I used to call mastering “The great unknown”. Really, that is a true story. Graham removes so much of the secretive world of what mastering really is. He shows us what points are important, and what you should not pay attention to. He shows the viewer what we should try and aim for when mastering. He also shows examples of what tools we should think about using when we master our tracks.

Graham talks about bit depth and sample rate for mastering. Just like always, he shows you what you need to know. He opens up a mixed down session into a new session and goes thru the steps of mastering, as he does it. He lets us know what three or four things he does as he masters a song. He, once again, teaches us as he works. He shares exactly what he is doing. Mastering does not have to be so hard and so secretive. Let Graham show you! “The Complete Jumpstart Series” is “help” in training video form!

“EQ and limiting”

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This is killer content. Not only do you get to master with an engineer, but he also is telling you exactly what he is doing. He opens up EQ’s and Limiters and explains exactly  what he is doing. He tells us what he is aiming for and how he gets there. This is gold!

Graham starts with a quick explanation of the environment that you are working in, and room treatment. This is so very important, and I am glad he talked about its’ importance. Then we start with EQ. He explains why he does this, and how he does this. Mastering requires a slight hand, and he tells us why. He gently brings out the high end, and the bass too! He is giving us examples here, or teaching us to fish. Once we know how to fish, we can eat from any pond.

He also walks us through limiting a master. He discusses what we should aim for, and then shows us how to get there. “The Complete Jumpstart Series” is fantastic!

“Reference tracks”

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Graham explains the importance of using reference tracks. This is seriously important. You will not know where you are heading, or what you are aiming for without using reference tracks as a touch stone. Graham helps us to learn how to better use reference tracks to achieve better masters ourselves. I speak about this important step often, but Graham drives it home. This is just so important and you just have to learn to always use reference tracks.

To wrap it all up.

With Graham coaching us, we can do anything. The “The Complete Jumpstart Series” is designed to remove the doubt and mystery. It does this by actually opening up tracks and applying the tools of the trade. These videos are not stripped down. Graham does not skimp out. There is a ton of great helpful information in here. I can’t recommend this series enough. Go now, use this link, “The Complete Jumpstart Series“, and get this series of training videos today!

Thanks for reading this mammoth review post. You are very detail orientated, and I am thankful for that. Each purchase we make is very important, and each purchase must be made wisely. You will consider “The Complete Jumpstart Series” an investment. You will come back and watch it time and time again. There is just so much critical information covered in this awesome video series.

If you like recording and mixing then you owe it to yourself to check out my review of  “ReThink Mixing“, also from Graham Cochrane of the Recording Revolution. “ReThink Mixing” is like the , but way more intense and focused on just mixing to perfection!

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.

Let me tell you about the new Home Recording WeeklyUltimate Bonus Offer” that is all set to go and just waiting for you. Inside the Home Recording Weekly “Ultimate Bonus Offer” you will find not one, but two amazingly helpful video training products that will transform how you approach recording, mixing, and mastering in your home studio. They are titled, “The Pro Mixers Playbook”, “DIY 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:

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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”.

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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.

2 Responses to “The “Complete Jumpstart series” bundle, from Graham Cochrane of The Recording Revolution”

  1. Garth Mehagan says:

    This sounds like a very interesting course however, in this entire article I can’t find one thing that tells me how much it cost. I will never sign up for anything when I don’t know up front how much it cost.

    • Kern says:

      The prices of products like this change with the passing of time. It would be an endless task to even try to keep up the constant editing that would come with such a task. Please feel free to click on any of the many links in each of my posts to check the prices of any of the products I review. Doing so will not trigger a sale or anything of the sort, but only show you the price and quality of these training products. Thanks for your comment!

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