Most people would agree that getting the mix right in their productions is one of the hardest parts when creating a track. The inspiration and basic structure might come in a flash but that is often followed by hours and probably days of tweaks and edits until, if you are lucky, you end up with something you are happy with.
As with anything in life, if you spend time researching and learning new skills you'll become better at what you do quicker and the quality of what you produce will improve.
The course itself is split over 8 sessions and includes free multitrack audio session downloads so that you can follow along and practice at home. At the end of each lesson, you will get expert advice from Dave’s special guests, top producers & mixers Tony Maserati (Beyoncé), Jack Joseph Puig (Lady Gaga), Andrew Scheps (Metallica), and Greg Wells (Adele).
What Will You Learn ?
In this age of home studios, bedroom producers and independent mixers, there is no reason why a demo song shouldn’t become a well-produced, expertly mixed, fully polished master, no matter the budget.
Whether you're a home producer, a musician mixing your own music, or a mix engineer looking to step up your game, in this video course with Grammy-winning producer, mixer and composer Dave Darlington, you will learn:
- How to create a sonic vision for your song, no matter the genre
- How to make the most important decisions when mixing a pop, hip hop or rock track
- How to make the best use of plugins in your mixes and productions
- How different mixing choices can impact the song’s overall feel
- How to give lead and backing vocals the power and polish they deserve
- How to get bass and drum tracks sitting tight and working together
- How to rethink the way you use harmonic instruments – synths, guitars, etc. – in your mix
- How to put the finishing touches that can make or break a song
What Will Be Covered In Each Session ?
1-1 : LAYING A STRONG FOUNDATION - BASS & DRUMS
Learn how to decide on a sonic vision for the song, how to organize your session to work effectively, and how to the shape the rhythmic heart of the song: the drums and the bass. Special guest: Jack Joseph Puig
1-2 : LIVE Q&A SESSION
Dave answers select questions from course participants, with emphasis on producing and mixing drums and bass.
2-1 : ALL ABOUT THE MELODY - VOCALS
Learn master-level tips on how to make any vocal recording more vibrant, polished and sparkling, with special attention to tuning, dynamics, equalization, and effects such as reverb and delay. Special guest: Greg Wells
2-2 : LIVE Q&A SESSION
Dave answers select questions from course participants, with emphasis on producing and mixing vocals.
3-1 : PUTTING MEAT ON THOSE BONES - HARMONIC INSTRUMENTS
Learn Dave’s secret tricks for the harmonic parts that flesh out the song, including keys and synths, guitars, strings, horns, and rhythmic/harmonic elements provided by sequencers. Special guest: Andrew Scheps
3-2 : LIVE Q&A SESSION
Dave answers select questions from course participants, with emphasis on producing and mixing harmonic instruments.
4-1 : SWEETENING THE MIX - FINAL TOUCHES
Learn how to sweeten your final mix and create more excitement, by controlling the subtle elements that together make a huge difference: including Dave’s mix dynamics, sidechaining and automation tricks. Special guest: Tony Maserati
4-2 : LIVE Q&A SESSION
Dave answers select questions from course participants, with emphasis on putting the final touches to a mixed song.
Who is Dave Darlington ?
In a career spanning four decades and over 1000 album credits, multiple Grammy-winning mixer, composer, musician and producer Dave Darlington has worked on hit songs and albums in a staggering range of genres – rock/pop, hip hop, R&B, jazz, dance/electronic, even classical. Few music makers can boast credits diverse enough to include everyone from Avicii to Herbie Hancock, David Guetta to Sting. Dave owns and works out of Bass Hit Studios in New York City.
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