In module one, Justin reveals and breaks down his mixing template, which he’s refined after years of experience and in-depth interviews with top mixers. Justin’s template allows you to settle the technical aspects of mixing upfront so you can focus on the creative decisions that truly make a great mix.
Learn best practices for routing, setting up reverbs and delays, labeling, grouping instruments and bus compression. You’ll also learn what Justin considers the ideal block of time and workflow for mixing, so you can stay fresh and productive.
In module two, Justin gets into the nitty-gritty of how to start mixing with techniques you can apply immediately. He shares timeless strategies to minimize guesswork and increase your confidence in taking a mix where it needs to go. You’ll learn why the beginning isn’t always the best place to start a mix (and where to start instead).
You’ll gain tactics for getting a mix 80% complete simply by correctly balancing levels among the instruments. You’ll also pick up a classic technique for panning that just works.
In module three, Justin lays out the essential concepts for achieving radio-ready clarity with EQ. He teaches you which frequency range is essential to get right first, as well as what to avoid when you EQ.
You’ll learn about the number one rule for EQing low end, as well as how to make two low end instruments (e.g., kick drum and bass) perfectly compliment each other. Finally, you’ll get some counter-intuitive tactics for getting thick lows and crisp highs across all the different instruments in your mix.
In module four, Justin offers a fresh and thorough explanation of a topic that confuses many engineers: compression. He outlines strategies and techniques for using compression whether you want an organic, transparent sound, or an aggressive, processed sound.
You’ll learn about the four key parameters of compression: threshold, ratio, attack, and release—and how to adjust those parameters (in combination) to control dynamics, increase sustain and maximize punch. He also covers parallel and multiband compression for transparently adding weight.
In module five, Justin breaks down the most important effects: reverb, delay, and saturation, so you can add that extra polish and dimension to your mix.
You’ll get a wealth of actionable tips, including: which three reverb types and which two delay types you should always have on your aux tracks; calculating a reverb’s pre-delay for an epic reverb tail; adjusting the prominence of delay and reverb with EQ; placing instruments further back in a mix with reverb; and using distortion for bass and the mix bus.
Mixing Breakthroughs concisely distills the most essential mixing concepts so you can learn fast and focus on what truly matters: drastically leveling up the quality of your mixes
Justin Colletti has been obsessing about audio for more than 20 years, and working in the field for nearly 15 years. He is probably best known for his role at SonicScoop, where he writes and edits articles about music production and studio business, conducts feature interviews with acclaimed producers and engineers, and creates some of the most popular tutorials on the web. When he's not at SonicScoop, Justin works as an in-demand mastering engineer for JLM Studios, and has served as an audio educator, acting as the one of the youngest department chairs in the history of SAE.
The eBook is a breakdown of what Justin has discovered (after 15 years as a professional mastering engineer) to be the most critical aspects of mixing. It overlaps with some of the material in the course and acts as a helpful reference guide to have after finishing the course. It comes in three formats: PDF, ePub (iBooks) and .mobi (kindle).
Also included with the premium versions of this course, you’ll find a pair of custom Pro Tools mix templates. These will allow you to expedite the process of getting your routing and effects setup out of the way, so that you can focus on what’s really important: The creative aspects of mixing.
Two types of mix templates are included: A "Full" version and a "Simplified" version, each of which can be used as-is, or easily customized to suit your needs. For users of older Pro Tools versions, legacy formats are also included, compatible with Pro Tools 5 all the way up to the most current versions.
Mixing Breakthroughs is a totally different type of course. It's not a screencast tutorial or a mix walkthrough. There is no mousing around on a screen.
Mixing Breakthroughs is about learning powerful frameworks, strategies and mindsets, and applying them to your own mixes, right now.
These principles apply equally to all genres, with exercises and templates to help you put them into practice on your own mixes, right away.
The course is a lecture format, but don't be deceived, you're going to get tons of actionable tips, tricks and techniques to take your mixes to the next level.
Mixing isn't just techniques. First you need to have the right mindset and vision. We'll teach you how to establish effective workflow and goals for your mixing.
Ultimately, by following the advice in this course and completing the action steps, we're confident you'll see a significant improvement in the quality of your mixes.