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Point Blank Art of Mixing Week 1/8

Packed with classic and cutting edge mix techniques, the Art of Mixing course equips you with the skills of an advanced mix engineer and features real multi-tracks (for demonstration purposes only) in a range of musical styles. It is taught on Logic, spans 8 weeks and is part of the Mixing and Mastering program. The course videos include some very special exclusives with top industry professionals sharing their own mixing tips, tricks and techniques. Balancing, panning, aural perception, EQ, compression, limiting, gates, and effects are covered in detail. You will also learn to listen to music from a critical perspective and understand the science behind the sound. As with all our classes, you upload your assignments for DVR™- expert video feedback from professional sound engineers who have worked with La Roux, Primal Scream, Sugababes, Freemasons. Lily Allen, Brand New Heavies, Stevie Wonder, Jamelia, Sex Pistols, Trevor Horn and more. If you want to find out how professionals mix records, enrol now.


Critical Listening:

What is a Mix? Learning to listen
Environment: monitoring, acoustic treatment
Mix Technology: analogue and 'inside the box'
DAW Mixer: mix environment, signal routing
Automation: offline vs online, automation modes

Image and Balance:

Metering: optimising headroom at master bus
Level balancing: balancing your tracks
Panning: creating stereo images with panning
Balance/pan in practice: different sound sources
Enhancing stereo image with width and pan


Dynamic range: compression and its uses
How compressors work: parameters explained
Compression in practice:practical tutorials
Limiters: using limiters within a mix
Noise gates: parameters, practical tutorials


The physics behind sound and music
EQ in practice: assessing your audio
How EQ works and why we use it
Different EQ types and designs explained
Sound of EQ: analogue v digital

Reverberation and Spatial Delays:

Natural Space: ambience, reflections and reverb
The Technology and Anatomy of Reverb
Editing parameters, 3D mixes, blending, EQing
Editing delays, Tempo Sync and Note Values
Depth: using Delays to create depth in your mix

Creative Mixing:

Using FX for sonic textures and fluid transitions
Tape delays, ping pong, dubstyle and filtered
Modulation FX: chorus, phasers and flangers
Distortion FX: overdrive and amp simulation
FX Automation: for creative/technical purposes

Mixing Vocals:

Assessing how to present the vocal in your mix
Cleaning up pops, clicks, breaths and stomps
EQ, compression, tricks & advanced processing
Vocal rides: using automation to perfect vocals
How to treat backing vocals in the mix

The Mix Process:

Mix process: using all tools and techniques
Creating “Mix Dynamic” with volume automation
Mix bus compression, choosing the right one
Mix bus EQ: linear phase EQ vs 'character'
Bouncing your mix for mastering