Mix Essentials Course – 14 Hours (Online 121)


The Mix Essentials Course contains 14 hours of Online 121 learning that will take place over Zoom. Software Required: Ableton Live 11/12 or Logic Pro Non Essential Software: Pro-Q3 (Fab Filter), Pro-C2 (Fab Filter), Saturation Knob (Softube) This course can be taken in other DAWs, please contact first before booking. A good stable internet connection…

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Create professional mixes.

Learn the fundamentals of mixing in this 14 hour online 121 course using gain staging, EQ, compression, saturation and spatial effects to create professional mixes that sound good through any speakers. 

Mixing is the process of balancing and blending multiple instruments together into a professional sounding song and is one of the most difficult areas to get right when starting out due to it containing very complex processes and terminology.
Guides and mix templates that aim to provide an all in one solution can be inconsistent depending on the sounds you are using compared to the sounds the project was created in and other factors too.

The mix essentials course is designed to teach you how to create a well balanced mix by learning the ins and outs of each of these processes and when and where to apply them in your track. 

This includes, gain staging, Equalisation, Compression, Saturation, Reverb, Delay and Modulation FX. Fully understanding how these plugins work will allow you to blend each element Into a well rounded, clean and cohesive track. 

This course also includes a simple mastering lesson designed to get your songs ready to be uploaded onto streaming services, at the correct volume and file format ready for commercial use. 

Course Goal: Create professional sounding mixes ready for commercial use.

Lesson Plan

1 – Mix Introduction

Introduction to mixing and setting up your system, preparing a mix project with buses and gain staging and simple balancing. 

2 – Equalisation (EQ)

Introduction to Equalisation in both corrective and creative forms focusing on making our mix sound clean. 

3 – Compression

Learn the controls of a compressor and how it works with simple techniques to thicken up and control our mix. 

4 – Side-chain effects and Saturation

Using side chain processing on compressors and gates to help glue layers together and a quick look into saturation/distortion. 

5 – Reverbs and Delays using Sends

Explore how to use reverbs and delays with send and returns/auxiliaries to add space and depth.  

6 – Modulation FX

Chorus, Phaser, Flanger and other widening FX, how to control them and use them effectively to create interesting, wide mixes.  

7 – Simple Mastering

A simple mastering guide to help with limiting, formatting and exporting your track ready for commercial use.  

Additional Software

Ableton Live 11/12 and Logic Pro contain all the plugins required for this course but there are some third party plugins that may be shown:
Pro-Q3 (Fab Filter), Pro-C2 (Fab Filter), Saturation Knob (Softube)