When you pull up a new track to mix, you always seem to struggle to get a good balance between all the instruments.
You know they're supposed to sit together in the frequency spectrum without clashing but all they're doing is fighting for frequencies.
You can't hear the kick drum from the bass and the rhythm guitar is masking the vocal. You try to get your snare to cut through your mix but all your EQ moves make it sound brittle and weak instead of powerful and punchy.
Your mixes aren't clear and every time you finally finish a mix you think they either sound thin or muddy. You think that if only you had a little more time you could really get get that definition in your mixes.
In addition, your tracks sound all over the place because you're not sure how to tweak your compressors to tame each instrument.
Your drums either sound squashed and over-compressed or they overpower everything, including the vocals! With too many compressors to choose from you have no idea which one to use on which track, nor how much compression to apply to every instrument.
You're constantly overwhelmed with too many options and wish there was a more efficient way of getting your mixes to sound punchy.
You try to create depth in your song by giving each instrument space from both left to right and front to back but you're not sure what kind of reverb (or how much of it) you should be using.
Even if your mix is starting to sound good it gets away from you when you start fiddling with reverb and delay. You're never quite sure what the most suitable delay to choose for your guitars or vocals nor what settings you should use in your reverbs.
You don't really have a process for adding effects so you spend a long time adding various reverbs and delays without really getting anywhere. You know your mix is so close to being finished and you wish there was a more efficient way of getting it done.
But you try whatever you can anyway. You jump on Youtube to learn from random videos but they just end up wasting your time, giving you contradicting advice that doesn't give you a concrete path to follow.
In the end you've spent over 8 hours tweaking your tracks thinking that you're "mixing" but all you end up with is a thin sounding top-end, masked instruments cluttered up with too much reverb and a low-end full of boominess.
Overall, you've spent all this time without having anything to show for it. You only have so much time to devote to your studio because of your responsibilities and you wish you could make better use of that time.
Basically, you've wasted all this time mixing but you have no idea whether your mix is done; even worse, you feel discouraged about whether there was really any point in anything you just did!
Maybe you just need to learn all the ways you can save time while mixing, and discover a solid mixing workflow from beginning to end?
Wouldn't you rather know exactly what you should do every minute of the mix instead of worrying about whether you're wasting your precious time? Wouldn't it be easier if you could make split-second decisions to improve your mix in a fast and efficient way?
What if you could sit next to somebody like that? Somebody that tells you how they're balancing and separating all the instruments in the mix, why they're EQ'ing those frequencies, which compressor model they like the most on each track and what kind of reverb they like to use to blend it all together? And at the same time you're learning a fast and effective workflow to mix more songs in less time.
What if you could sit next to somebody while they mix and they tell you both their technical mixing shortcuts and their mental workflow that helps them mix faster?
If you want to learn how to quickly take your home studio recordings from amateur demos to quality productions fast and efficiently, then you're going to love Quick Mixing With Stock Plug-ins.
If you've ever thought your songs sound two-dimensional but you need them to sound more polished and professional; if you want to learn from somebody else’s fast mixing techniques while they explain their methods or if you just need a complete look at somebody’s session from A - Z to help you understand how you can improve your productions, then Quick Mixing is for you.
Learning to mix quickly is incredibly important today. Whether you're mixing your band's new single or working on an EP for a client, you still want results fast! In Quick Mixing I’ll show you how to take a song from a two-dimensional recording to a quality mix that jumps out of your speakers.
If you want to hang out with an experienced engineer and watch them complete a mix in less than two hours, while explaining their entire thought process the entire time, you'll have fun watching Quick Mixing.
In case you don't know me, I'm Björgvin Benediktsson and I run Audio Issues. I'm here to help you confidently finish your mixes so that you can be proud to release your records.
I've been a mixing engineer and audio educator since 2008 and in that time I've taught thousands of home studio musicians how to produce, record and mix their music.
My mixing techniques have helped countless musicians gain the confidence and skills to make professional mixes they can be proud of. They've used their mixing skills to successfully release their own records as well as learned to use their new-found mixing skills to get paying jobs from their home studios.
If you're fighting to make all your instruments fit together in a busy mix, can't figure out the best compression settings for your tracks, or don't know how to use effects like reverb, delay and saturation without creating a washed out, cluttered mess of a mix, then don't worry, I completely get it.
I started mixing live sound but I've since progressed into studio mixing and producing.
If you've ever done live sound you know that if a band sounds good they all compliment the musicians, but if they sound bad then it's you, the live sound engineer, that gets the blame.
My goal was to never get blamed for the shitty band on stage. So I learned to make every band sound great, however bad their performance was!
Since then I've translated these fast-paced mixing decisions into the studio. Mixing quickly is incredibly important to me because it lets me finish more mixes in less time, meaning I can have more clients and make more money. If you charge a flat rate for your mixes you'll basically have a higher hourly rate and make more money as a result.
This fast and efficient workflow is what you'll learn inside Quick Mixing With Stock Plug-ins. You’re with me every second of the way as I mix a song all the way through. You'll learn to crank out great mixes fast and efficiently.
Best of all, I stop every 10 minutes throughout the course to tell you exactly what’s on my mind and what I’m trying to accomplish. It's like sitting next to a professional mixing engineer at work and getting to see all the tips and techniques in action.
Whether that’s balancing kick drum tracks to get the best of the boom and the beater, making each instrument fit in the mix with EQ, going through every compressor style to find the right punch or using amp simulators, reverb and delay to add depth to the song I'll explain my entire thought process to you.
"There was so much that I learned, from where to boost and cut certain instruments in the EQ, and that I've been misusing compression all this time. How to set up the interface to show the stereo out plus the master track was a huge thing I got out of it too, and how to use the reference tracks."
It's as easy as 1-2-3...
Follow along every step of the way as I mix a song from start to finish using EQ to separate instruments, compression to add punch and tightness, reverb to add depth and effects to take it that extra mile.
Every 10 minutes my timer will go off and I'll explain my thought process on how I've been improving the mix by reducing muddiness, adding space, parallel processing and effects to make everything sit better together.
After watching you'll have a concrete workflow and process to follow when it comes to what frequencies to attack when, which compressor to use in each scenario and how to make your mixes bigger and more spacious.
"I had a good grasp of the use of the following: Parallel compression, use of EQ to shape your tracks- particularly the buses - reverbs and delays. The Sweet spot for plug-ins. Really helpful! I also noticed the importance of listening to your mix on several speakers."
-Mitch Stallings, Engineer
"I purchased your Quick Mix video and believe it's one of the best that I have spent money on so far."
-Adrian, Mixing Engineer
"...it was extremely interesting to be able to watch and refer back to, a Pro at work."
-Steve J Curtis
"You helped me have a broader view of using EQ, compression , reverb , delay, aux bus. I got security for attempting mixes and get better results. Thank you very much and congratulations"
"I learned the general order I should be working in during my mixes. Learning, what to do post EQ and compression and how to use different buses."
"I learned to use effects properly. Equalizing and cutting in effects made a huge difference in my mixes"
First, you'll watch a video on how I take a rough recording to a finished mix in two hours. You'll learn how to get a quick static mix right away, make fast EQ and compression decisions and how to instantly add depth and effects to your mix.
And last but not least, knowing when you're finished. Although two hours is plenty of time when you have a simple track, it's overanalyzing that really wastes your time.
In the end, you'll know when to walk away and call it a day.
In Quick Mastering we take the mix we did in Quick Mixing and add some mastering processors to the master bus to get it radio-ready and competitive while staying dynamic.
We'll use subtle EQ to create balance, multi-band compression to get rid of muddiness in the low-mids and limiting to get it sounding loud and competitive so you can get your new single straight to your favorite streaming site.
In the editing and comping section you'll learn the importance of making your tracks ready for mixing by tweaking and editing the multi-tracks to enhance the performance of the song.
Learn to create a mixing template that takes all the guesswork out of mixing, helping you make more musical decisions while you mix.
Although I will be using the mixing, mastering, and editing capabilities of Logic Pro X, you don't need to be a Logic user to learn how to make the most of your multi-tracks.
Quick Mixing, Mastering, and Editing is more about the workflow of mixing than the software you need. I'll be using Logic Pro but all of the mixing techniques I show you can be done with any DAW. Since I'm using mostly stock plug-ins you'll find similar plug-ins inside the DAW of your choice as well.
It's all about the mentality of getting the best performance from multiple takes and editing all the instruments together to create a great multi-track to mix. If your DAW allows you to mix, master and do easy comping and editing you'll definitely learn something from this video.
"I am a musician but need to improve my mixing skills to create better sounding rough mixes and demo tracks. Having read Owsinski's book, I liked your approach which is similar, i.e. giving specific examples and explaining useful techniques rather than just explaining theory. That is in my view the greatest challenge when it comes to mixing anyway. Every track and instrument is different, so it is very difficult to give advice which may apply to various circumstances. But I think you definitely achieved that!"
As soon as you sign up you'll get access to the full course that you can take from your computer or your smartphone. Once you finish the course you'll have all the knowledge necessary to create amazing mixes fast and efficiently.
Not at all. Quick Mixing is more about the workflow of mixing than the software you need. I'll be using Logic Pro but all of the mixing techniques I show you can be done with any DAW. Since I'm using mostly stock plug-ins you'll find similar plug-ins inside the DAW of your choice as well.
Not really. You can certainly search for videos teaching you mixing tips and techniques, but no one video will show you the time-saving techniques and workflow you need to mix faster. No video will tie all of the plug-ins together like this to show you how to use them to transform your recordings into great mixes. Instead, you'll end up wading through poorly explained techniques and watching a bunch of ads.
If you can spare the few hours you need to watch and learn from Quick Mixing, I guarantee you'll learn how to save a lot of extra mixing time in the long run. Imagine how much time you'll save in the future being able to easily mix song after song like I teach you in the course. I would argue that you're wasting more time trying to figure this stuff out on your own instead of learning from somebody with over a decade of mixing experience.
You improve your mixing skills through practice. What Quick Mixing teaches you is a faster way to mix more songs and gain more mixing experience. That way you'll also improve faster.
This course includes all the information I've learned from 11 years of mixing music. I guarantee that it will teach you how to improve your mixes exponentially.
You also have the ability to ask follow-up questions inside the course area if there's anything that's still unclear after taking the course.
That said, if you don't think my training taught you anything and you just didn't like the course at all for any reason, simply email me and I'll refund your entire order. If you're not happy, I'm not happy.
My students have used my education to mix every style of music, from rock, country and folk to EDM, hip-hop and pop. The course is designed to give you the knowledge needed to use those plug-ins on any instrument in any genre.
A hobby is something you’re passionate about. An "amateur" musician is a lover of making music. If you want to be proud of the mixes you make in your free time as a hobby, you should know how to do it properly.
I started out doing live sound so I understand where you're coming from. The truth is: then you mix live sound, you also use EQ, compression, reverb and delay so understanding how to use them is just as important when running live sound as anything else you do on the stage.
"Your initial video, as I recall, AB'ed between the raw and finished mix - I liked what I heard. Overall, it gave me more confidence in making choices according to my own ears. Just seeing how you make on the fly decisions was useful. I suppose it also highlighted how each time we mix a song it will end up different. As ever, one of the main things that stood out is the importance of having good sounding and well performed tracks (which you have with this great tune) - from there it's so much easier to get an excellent end product. You advertised it as a quick mix and that's what you did. I thought 2 hrs was a very good length too. Overall, I really enjoyed your presentation style and your explanations about the choices you made. You're clearly good at teaching and you seem to enjoy it too."
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Quick Mixing With Stock Plug-ins: Learn to transform a rough recording into a finished mix in only two hours, using only stock plug-ins. ($49 value)
Quick Mastering: Take the mix we did in Quick Mixing and we add some mastering processors to the master bus to get it radio-ready and competitive while staying dynamic. ($49 value)
Quick Editing: Learn to make your tracks ready for mixing with simple and easy to use editing and comping techniques that make your recordings tighter and easier to mix. ($49 value)
Mix Template Video - Learn to create a mixing template that takes all the guesswork out of mixing ($29 value)
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Quick Mixing With Stock Plug-ins: 2-Hour Video Course
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Mixing With 5 Plug-ins Course: All 6 Course Modules on mixing with Volume & Panning, EQ, Compression, Reverb, Delay, Saturation and Mix Translation. All modules are delivered via video with in-depth written content as well. ($99 Value)
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