When you pull up a new track to mix, you always seem to struggle to get a good balance between all the instruments.
You know they're supposed to sit together in the frequency spectrum without clashing but all they're doing is fighting for frequencies.
You can't hear the kick drum from the bass and the rhythm guitar is masking the vocal. You try to get your snare to cut through your mix but all your EQ moves make it sound brittle and weak instead of powerful and punchy.
Your mixes aren't clear and every time you finally finish a mix you think they either sound thin or muddy. You think that if only you had a little more time you could really get get that definition in your mixes.
In addition, your tracks sound all over the place because you're not sure how to tweak your compressors to tame each instrument.
Your drums either sound squashed and over-compressed or they overpower everything, including the vocals! With too many compressors to choose from you have no idea which one to use on which track, nor how much compression to apply to every instrument.
You're constantly overwhelmed with too many options and wish there was a more efficient way of getting your mixes to sound punchy.
You try to create depth in your song by giving each instrument space from both left to right and front to back but you're not sure what kind of reverb (or how much of it) you should be using.
Even if your mix is starting to sound good it gets away from you when you start fiddling with reverb and delay. You're never quite sure what the most suitable delay to choose for your guitars or vocals nor what settings you should use in your reverbs.
You don't really have a process for adding effects so you spend a long time adding various reverbs and delays without really getting anywhere. You know your mix is so close to being finished and you wish there was a more efficient way of getting it done.
But you try whatever you can anyway. You jump on Youtube to learn from random videos but they just end up wasting your time, giving you contradicting advice that doesn't give you a concrete path to follow.
In the end you've spent over 8 hours tweaking your tracks thinking that you're "mixing" but all you end up with is a thin sounding top-end, masked instruments cluttered up with too much reverb and a low-end full of boominess.
Overall, you've spent all this time without having anything to show for it. You only have so much time to devote to your studio because of your responsibilities and you wish you could make better use of that time.
Basically, you've wasted all this time mixing but you have no idea whether your mix is done; even worse, you feel discouraged about whether there was really any point in anything you just did!
Maybe you just need to learn all the ways you can save time while mixing, and discover a solid mixing workflow from beginning to end?
Wouldn't you rather know exactly what you should do every minute of the mix instead of worrying about whether you're wasting your precious time? Wouldn't it be easier if you could make split-second decisions to improve your mix in a fast and efficient way?
What if you could sit next to somebody like that? Somebody that tells you how they're balancing and separating all the instruments in the mix, why they're EQ'ing those frequencies, which compressor model they like the most on each track and what kind of reverb they like to use to blend it all together? And at the same time you're learning a fast and effective workflow to mix more songs in less time.
What if you could sit next to somebody while they mix and they tell you both their technical mixing shortcuts and their mental workflow to mix faster? Would you take that seat?
If you want to learn how to mix fast and efficiently so you can create better mixes in less time, then I'm excited to tell you about Quick Mixing.
Learning to mix quickly is incredibly important today. Whether you're mixing your band's new single or working on an EP for a client, you still want results fast! In Quick Mixing I’ll show you how to take a song from a two-dimensional recording to a quality mix that jumps out of your speakers.
In case you don't know me that well, I'm Björgvin Benediktsson and I've been an audio engineer since 2006. I've taught thousands of home studio musicians and engineers how to make better sounding music since 2011.
I started mixing live sound but I've since progressed into studio mixing and producing.
The first few years of live sound mixing taught me one thing really well:
If you've ever done live sound you know that if a band sounds good they all compliment the musicians, but if they sound bad then it's you, the live sound engineer, that gets the blame.
My goal was to never get blamed for the shitty band on stage. So I learned to make every band sound great, however bad their performance was!
Since then I've translated these fast-paced mixing decisions into the studio. Mixing quickly is incredibly important to me because it lets me finish more mixes in less time, meaning I can have more clients and make more money. If you charge a flat rate for your mixes you'll basically have a higher hourly rate and make more money as a result.
This fast and efficient workflow is what you'll learn inside Quick Mixing. You’re with me every second of the way as I mix a song all the way through. You'll learn to crank out great mixes fast and efficiently.
Best of all, I stop every 10 minutes throughout the video to tell you exactly what’s on my mind and what I’m trying to accomplish. It's like sitting next to a professional mixing engineer at work and getting to see all the tips and techniques in action.
Whether that’s balancing kick drum tracks to get the best of the boom and the beater, making each instrument fit in the mix with EQ, going through every compressor style to find the right punch or using amp simulators, reverb and delay to add depth to the song I'll explain my entire thought process to you.
There was so much that I learned, from where to boost and cut certain instruments in the EQ, and that I've been misusing compression all this time. How to set up the interface to show the stereo out plus the master track was a huge thing I got out of it too, and how to use the reference tracks.
Learn to Mix
Follow along every step of the way as I mix a song from start to finish using EQ to separate instruments, compression to add punch and tightness, reverb to add depth and effects to take it that extra mile.
Discover a Workflow
Every 10 minutes my timer will go off and I'll explain my thought process on how I've been improving the mix by reducing muddiness, adding space, parallel processing and effects to make everything sit better together.
Become a Faster Mixer
After watching you'll have a concrete workflow and process to follow when it comes to what frequencies to attack when, which compressor to use in each scenario and how to make your mixes bigger and more spacious.
First, you'll watch a video on how I take a rough recording to a finished mix in two hours. You'll learn how to get a quick static mix right away, make fast EQ and compression decisions and how to instantly add depth and effects to your mix.
Now, I'm sure you can knock my rough mix out of the park, but the most important part is that you'll learn how to do it faster and more efficiently. If you take forever to finish a mix because you can't stop tweaking tiny details that don't matter, then Quick Mixing is for you.
Then, you'll learn how to create an efficient workflow that will make you a faster and better mixing engineer.
Along with the Productivity Playbook, you'll create a mixing template that takes all the guesswork out of mixing, helping you make more musical decisions while you mix.
I had a good grasp of the use of the following: Parallel compression, use of EQ to shape your tracks- particularly the buses - reverbs and delays. The Sweet spot for plug-ins. Really helpful! I also noticed the importance of listening to your mix on several speakers.
And last but not least, knowing when you're finished. Although 2 hours is plenty of time when you have a simple track, it's overanalyzing that really wastes your time.
In the end, you'll know when to walk away and call it a day.
Included in Quick Mixing is a checklist that includes all the questions you need to be asking yourself as you're mixing.
Think of it as a series of tips delivered to you in the form of questions that spark your creativity and make you try new things in your mixes.
You can use the checklist as you're mixing to keep you on track with your sessions, or look through it later and use it to cover your bases and make sure you're getting the most out of your mixes and masters.
And many, many more questions you can use to improve your mixes, masters and overall edited recordings.
It is great! Can you read thoughts? ;-) I just was looking for a list like that to help me improve my workflow, then you offered it - that is amazing! Thanks a lot!
Loved it! Helps me to organize my session by trying possible solutions, not just poking at a problem to see if it works
I believe it's a great go to list for all levels.
This was very helpful and educational. I’m basically going back to stock plug ins. Really does have everything that I need without crushing my CPU!
1. Lots of parallel techniques
2. Great compressor model demonstrations
3. You introduced me to effects within LPX that I’ve never used
4. I finally got to see ducking in action
5. Sub bass..wow
6. EQ before and after compression
I’ll need to watch again and take notes because I missed a few items. I thought I needed a bunch of fancy plugins? All they did was confuse my with too many choices while creating issues and crushing my CPU.
You have given me a lot of great idea’s while opening me up to what LPX really offers
I purchased your Quick Mix video and believe it's one of the best that I have spent money on so far.
Just seeing how you make on the fly decisions was useful. I suppose it also highlighted how each time we mix a song it will end up different. As ever, one of the main things that stood out is the importance of having good sounding and well performed tracks (which you have with this great tune) - from there it's so much easier to get an excellent end product.
In Quick Mastering we take the mix we did in Quick Mixing and add some mastering processors to the master bus to get it radio-ready and competitive while staying dynamic.
In the editing and comping section you'll learn the importance of making your tracks ready for mixing by tweaking and editing the multi-tracks to enhance the performance of the song.
Although I will be using the comping capabilities of Logic Pro X you don't need to be a Logic user to learn how to make the most of your multi-tracks.
It's all about the mentality of getting the best performance from multiple takes and editing all the instruments together to create a great multi-track to mix. If your DAW allows you to do easy comping and editing you'll definitely learn something from this video.
I'm including my Logic session files for any Logic Pro users out there to take an in-depth look at everything that I did in the session.
You'll receive a download link to everything immediately via email after purchasing.
Not at all. Quick Mixing is more about the workflow of mixing than the software you need. I'll be using Logic Pro but all of the mixing techniques I show you can be done with any DAW. Since I'm using mostly stock plug-ins you'll find similar plug-ins inside the DAW of your choice as well.
Not really. You can certainly search for videos teaching you mixing tips and techniques, but no one video will show you the time-saving techniques and workflow you need to mix faster.
I'll mix your songs as if you were to hire me to be your mixing engineer, but at the end, once you're satisfied with the overall mix I shoot a custom 45 - 60 minute tutorial based on your song, showing you exactly what I did to achieve the sound in the mix. You can then take that tutorial and learn from it and apply it to your own mixes (if you have more songs that make up a record for instance).
Step 1 - Initial Mix
I'll create an initial mix for your song(s) for you to give feedback on. This initial mix is for making sure we are on the same page when it comes to the sound you want. This mix is usually about 80% of the way there.
Step 2 - Revisions
I'll upload your mix to Soundcloud and create a private playlist for you to give feedback on your mix. Soundcloud is awesome in this way because it gives you the ability to give precise feedback on the exact thing you want to be changed in your song, making us communicate very efficiently.
Step 3 - Final Mix/Master
I'll do any changes you need to get to the finished mix you love. A final mix usually takes about 2-3 revisions until it's completely ready so don't hesitate to ask me to change something you want to be fixed.
Step 4 - Custom Mix tutorial
Once you're satisfied with the overall mix I shoot a custom 45 - 60-minute tutorial based on your song, showing you exactly what I did to achieve the sound in the mix. You can then take that tutorial and learn from it and apply it to your own mixes (if you have more songs that make up a record for instance).
Note: Please check my mixing services page for more details before you order the Custom Mix Tutorial.
If you can spare the few hours you need to watch and learn from Quick Mixing, I guarantee you'll learn how to save a lot of extra mixing time in the long run.
You improve your mixing skills through practice. What Quick Mixing teaches you is a faster way to mix more songs and gain more mixing experience. That way you'll also improve faster.
It doesn't matter what genre you mix most often. My workflow and productivity process will help you mix faster and save more time, regardless of genre.
I am a musician but need to improve my mixing skills to create better sounding rough mixes and demo tracks. Having read Owsinski's book, I liked your approach which is similar, i.e. giving specific examples and explaining useful techniques rather than just explaining theory. That is in my view the greatest challenge when it comes to mixing anyway. Every track and instrument is different, so it is very difficult to give advice which may apply to various circumstances. But I think you definitely achieved that!
As with all of the Audio Issues products, if Quick Mixing doesn't live up to your standards I will happily refund your money, no questions asked.
You can watch all the videos, try all the tricks and even keep the videos for a full year before deciding whether you like them or not.