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Mixing & Mastering for Producers

A modern approach to the age-old art of Mixing & Mastering

Mixing & Mastering for Producers

Did you ever get confused by all those Youtube videos showing you how to mix a track that has already been fully produced? What about the production stage itself, isn't that sort of mixing as well? Where does one end and the other begin?

These are good questions to ask, but often difficult to find answers for.

The truth is, most modern producers don't wait until the track is done before they start mixing. With modern tools and workflows it is hard to separate where sound design/production ends and where mixing begins. In our course we explain the complete workflow: from the start (mixing/processing while producing) to the final details (arrangement, creative mixing and mastering).

This 12 week course is separated in two different parts, in the first 6 weeks we'll learn all the basics about Gain Staging, Compression, EQ, Delays, Reverbs, etc. In the second half of the course we'll revisit all of these but this time from a production/Sound-Designer point of view, which opens up a whole new world of possibilities. You'll start to understand how one tool has multiple purposes, and how you can fluently switch between the various uses. At the end of the course you'll be able to Understand Sound, instead of just being able to "Mix" or "Produce"

Getting control over your sound is a powerful feeling; it allows you to be more creative and it makes mixing and finishing your songs a whole lot easier.

Whether you are a beginner or advanced producer, our online training is designed to help you make your tracks sound powerful and professional, getting everything to sit right in the mix and creating engaging and interesting arrangements.

All students get lifetime access to the course videos (including updated lessons) as well as academic discounts on software and plugins.


Your Instructor


Jor van der Poel
Jor van der Poel

Sound Designer (Loopmasters, Camel Audio, ADSR sounds, SoundFreqs), Music Production Instructor (Pyramind), Grade C certified music teacher

My name is Jor van der Poel, I was born in the Netherlands and lived in Vancouver, BC for years. Currently I am living in Berlin, which proves to be a great playground for the experimental minded (i.e. Mad Scientists).

I am a music producer, arranger, teacher and sound designer. I am certified in both music theory and sound design education. When I was younger I wanted to be a famous drummer, when I already knew how to play so I started teaching drums to others and I got myself into music education. This introduced me to a whole new world of music, and I realised that if I knew how to record and arrange I could be my own band. So I started practicing piano and guitar, both classical and jazz and learned how to record this to use in my music.

Besides acoustic music, I also love the extreme flexibility of synthetic sounds which made me want to learn about sound design, mixing and mastering. I spend a few years practicing this 8 hours a day, I got pretty good at it and 5 years ago I started making weekly sound design videos for the online community ADSR. This introduced me to a lot of people in the music industry, and taught me more about educating others. It also got me on the Sound-Design team of various Software Developers and a position as featured mentor for Pyramind, CA.

I am a co-founder of Sound-Freqs, a sound-design label that focuses on community and the owner of Subject Sound, an online school for Sound Design, Production & Music Theory.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
What You'll Get With The Course
Most importantly, you'll learn how to make your track sound professional. Getting a deeper understanding about the mixing tools that you already have will open up a world of new possibilities, you will start to recognise bad habits, identify problems during mixdown and finish more tracks.

After the course you will be able to:

  • Identify various common problems during the mixing and production processes, and learn how to avoid them
  • Understand how sound works, and master your tools to manipulate your sonic landscape
  • Hear what compression does, and know how to use the different types (sidechain, parallel, multiband, Mid-Side)
  • Learn how to use your tools in a variety of ways (Compressors can do much more than just compressing!)
  • Apply creative mixing techniques in exciting new ways
  • Understand mixing tools and know when and how to use them
  • Make energetic, sharp, full sounding, and loud mixes

Lesson Plan

Introduction

  • Which Mixing Mindset should you adhere?
  • Working with headphones vs. monitors
  • Reference tracks & Analysis
  • Project Organisation and Workflow
  • Managing your CPU
  • Maximising your Creativity

Compression

  • Understand compression and learn how to hear the effect of it.
  • Compressor types: VCA, FET, Opto etc.
  • Compressor Parameters
  • Drum Compression
  • Compression for Instruments & Vocals
  • Analogue vs. Digital Compressors

EQ

  • EQ Basics
  • Subtractive vs Additive
  • Resonance
  • Drum EQ
  • Instrument EQ & MixBus EQ

Modulation FX

  • Delays, Chorus, Flangers, Phasers -
  • Creative use of FX
  • FX Chains
  • How "To Stereo"
  • Sample Delays & The Haas Effect
  • Imagers
  • Microshifting
  • Mid/Side Processing

Distortion

  • Instrument & Mix Saturation/Distortion
  • Saturation Types: Transistor, Tube, Tape, Console
  • Waveshapers
  • Cabinets & Amp Models

Reverbs & Spacing

  • Digital, Plate & Spring Reverbs
  • Convolutions (IR Reverbs)
  • Binaural Reverbs
  • Reverb from Delays
  • Reverb for proximity

Advanced Compression

  • Compression for Sound-Design
  • SideChain Compression
  • Multiband Compression
  • Expansion & Multiband Expansion

Advanced EQ

  • Boosts & When to use them
  • Using EQ's like Filters
  • Formants
  • Automating EQ Bands

Advanced Modulation FX

  • Delays 2.0 (Comb Filters)
  • Chorus 2.0
  • Flangers 2.0
  • Phasers 2.0

Advanced Distortion

  • How to use Distortion Creatively

Advanced Stereo Width and Reverbs

  • Synth Stereo Width
  • Binaural
  • Binaural Reverbs
  • Sound Design with Impulse Responses
  • Frozen Reverbs
  • Tuning Reverbs

Automation & Arrangements

  • Transitions
  • Expression
  • MIDI CC's (Modwheel, Expression, Aftertouch, Velocity, etc.)
  • Tension & Release
  • Creating Contrast
  • Embellishment

Mastering

  • Overview to Mastering
  • Mastering Terminology (RMS, LUFS, True Peaks, etc.)
  • Know Thy Target, Analysis & Reference Tracks
  • Finding sweet spot between loudness and dynamics
  • Masterbus Saturation, Widening, Exciting, Compression
  • Mid-Side Multiband Compression
  • The Limiter

Songs from Scratch

  • A series of videos showcasing the Mixing&Producing mindset in action

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