Can You Really Create a Quality Mix in Less Than Two Hours?

(Using Only Stock Plug-ins?)

Watch the video to hear what you can learn in less than two hours:

  • Learn how EQ, compression and effects make all the instruments fit in the mix.
  • Learn to use the stock plug-ins you already have to create a balanced mix
  • Learn practical tips to take your drums from flat to punchy, transform your guitars from thin to big and mix vocals that jump out of your speakers

When it comes to making your mixes sound punchy and tight, I bet this scenario sounds familiar:

You struggle to get a good balance between all the instruments in your mix. 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 finish a mix you think they either sound thin or muddy.

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 also want 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 and you feel like you're in charge 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.

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.

Does that sound like something you can relate to?

Oh and let's not forget, you've spent all this time mixing but you have no idea whether your mix is done!

Maybe you just need somebody to mix a song in front of you and show you what to do from beginning to end?

Somebody that stops every 10 minutes to tell you exactly what they're doing.

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?


Introducing Quick Mixing With Stock Plug-ins:

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.

You’re with me every second of the way as I mix through a simple song with drums, bass, both acoustic AND electric guitars and of course, vocals.

Best of all, I stop every 10 minutes throughout the tutorial to tell you exactly what’s on my mind and what I’m trying to accomplish.

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 make sure to stop and walk you through every step of the way.

Learn Every Step to Get to This Finished Mix

Take a listen to the before and after example of the song we're doing in Quick Mixing

Here's the unmixed multi-track:

​And here is the finished master after we've separated the instruments, added punchy compression and space and depth to each element of the mix:

Watch The 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.

Understand Everything

Every 10 minutes my timer will go off and I'll explain how I've been improving the mix by reducing muddiness, adding space, parallel processing and effects to make everything sit better together.

Become a Better Mixer

After watching you'll know what frequencies to attack when, which compressor to use in each scenario and how to use easy routing to create subtle but spacious effects that make your mixes bigger.

If you've ever thought your mixes sound two-dimensional but you need them to sound more polished and professional; if you want to learn from somebody else’s fast mixing techniques while they explain their methods or if you just need a complete look at somebody’s session from A - Z to help you understand how you can improve your productions, then Quick Mixing is for 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.

Toby Sear 
Engineer

What Exactly Do You Learn?


  • How to subtly gate kick drums to get rid of bleed
  • How to use EQ to compensate for any frequency loss from compression
  • How to use a sub-bass plug-in to add warmth, thickness and tightness to your low-end
  • Adding a woody snap to your snare that thickens up your drum sound
  • How to get rid of unnecessary high-end that makes your snare sound "brittle"
  • Knowing when to take it easy on the compression when the song needs to breathe
  • How to use amp simulators and parallel processing to breathe life into your bass and guitars (while also making your mixes sound wider)
  • How to use tape delay and EQ to create a 3-dimensional sound that doesn't add too much space to the up-front instruments
  • How and when to have fun with compression to level out a guitar-solo and using a side-chain to get the guitar out of the way of the vocal
  • How to use my absolute favorite reverb trick, the "3-Verb" blend to create natural space and depth in all your instruments where they all have a separate spot in the mix but they all sound like they're playing together in the same room
  • Why you make most of your hard-thinking mixing choices with only EQ and compression. The rest is just a bunch of fun
  • How to use parallel kick processing to add punch to the low-end
  • The often ignored "Let's try every compressor type to see what works" method :)
  • Using parallel distortion to add that tiny edge to your guitar solos
  • Going down the rabbit hole of using parallel processing and routing on anything that seems like a halfway decent idea

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.

Bonus - The Quick Mixing Checklist

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.​

Examples include:​

  • Have you tried parallel routing on the electric guitar with an amp simulator panned to the opposite side to get a wider sound?
  • Have you used parallel compression on the vocal with a thick compressor and a low-mid boost to add extra warmth to your vocal sound?
  • Have you doubled your kick drum, filtered out the lows and aggressively boosted the high-mids to bring out the beater?
  • Have you used both a short and long reverb on your guitar mixes to blend both the electric and acoustic guitars together to give them separation?

And many, many more questions you can use to improve your mixes, masters and overall edited recordings.

This was very helpful and educational. I’m basically going back to stock LPX plug ins. LPX 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

Mitch Stallings 
Audio Engineer

Quick Mixing

Your 2 hour mix walkthrough with stock plug-ins

2 Hour Mix Walkthrough using stock plug-ins to get a quality mix

Quick Mixing Checklist - 110 Questions to Improve Your Mixes

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Quick Mixing and Mastering

Mixing and Mastering walkthrough

2 Hour Mix Walkthrough using stock plug-ins to get a quality mix

Quick Mixing Checklist - 110 Questions to Improve Your Mixes

Quick Mastering  Video using stock plug-ins to get a release ready master of the same track

Logic Pro Session Files - So you can look in-depth at every setting in my mix to understand how to improve yours​

$49 

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Quick Mixing, Mastering & Editing/Comping 

Mixing/Mastering + Bonus Editing & Comping

2 Hour Mix Walkthrough using stock plug-ins to get a quality mix

Quick Mixing Checklist - 110 Questions to Improve Your Mixes

Quick Mastering using stock plug-ins to get a release ready master of the same track

Editing/Comping to get the best ingredients for a better mix

Logic Pro Session Files - So you can look in-depth at every setting in my mix to understand how to improve yours​

$59

Instant Download

I purchased your Quick Mix video and believe it's one of the best that I have spent money on so far.

Adrian 
Mixing Engineer

What's Included With Quick Mastering and Editing/Comping with Logic Pro X?


Quick Mastering

In Quick Mastering we take the mix we did in Quick Mixing and add some mastering processors to the master bus to get it release ready and competitive while staying dynamic.

  • The Quick Mastering 4 plug-in chain that works on any great sounding mix
  • How to use a reference to get your master sounding like a professional record
  • Using multi-band compression to glue the mix together without squashing it
  • Using subtle linear phase EQ to make slight tweaks that make all the difference to your overall frequency balance
  • What you should look for in your stock metering plug-ins when you're mastering

Each one of these sections consists of a subheading, some text, a large image and a button. These sections turn dull features into eye-catching highlights and they're especially good for showing off screenshots from your product in action.

Editing and Comping using Logic Pro X

In the editing and comping section we'll be using a few different songs to show you the importance of making your tracks ready for mixing by creating the best multi-tracks that enhance the performance of the song.

  • How to really focus on hearing the changes in emotion of the singer
  • This one decision you make in the recording process to make your comping faster
  • How to quickly edit your drums and bass together to both conserve the groove while keeping the time
  • Why focusing on the most consistent instrument to edit to is your best bet instead of pulling everything to the click
  • How to speed up the editing process by NOT listening to the whole take?
  • The simple Logic grouping trick to make sure all the correct tracks get comped and edited together
  • Why being an OCD vocal comping maniac is best for the song
  • How to make sure you don't comp away the best part of each instrument
  • And why you should let your drummer drum around the click to keep the music human

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.​

365 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE

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.​

""I take my guarantee very seriously. I am not interested in keeping your money if you do not get any value from what I'm creating for you. So if you’re not happy, I’m not happy."

Plus: Logic Session files for the mastering and editing bundles

Included in the Quick Mixing/Mastering bundle as well as the Editing/Comping bundle I'm including my Logic session files so that you can take an in-depth look at everything that I did in the session.

  • Every single EQ boost and cut that you can play around with to see how it affects the overall sound
  • All my compression settings as well as a hands-on look at each compressor type so you can A/B the differences between the models yourself
  • My Three-Verb settings and blend of instruments to the reverb to hear how the spaces interact with each other. You'll be able to play around with the different reverb settings to get a completely different mix if you want to.
  • All my parallel routing and bussing so you can get a feel for how simplifying your mix makes everything much easier
  • My mastering chain where you can fiddle around with my settings on how I take the mix from a great finished mix to a release-ready master

Who am I and what kind of a name is Bjorgvin?!?

Hi. I’m Björgvin Benediktsson. I’m an audio engineer, musician and writer. I’m an Alumni from the SAE Institute and I've been working in the audio industry since 2006.

I've worked in live sound doing huge concerts back home in my native Iceland (that's where the name is from), recording bands in Madrid, Spain (where I went to audio engineering school) or producing, recording and mixing my own band today in Tucson, Arizona (I get around a lot...).

Through these diverse experiences I've grown to learn one thing:

I love teaching you how to make an impact with your music and audio production. 

I've taught thousands of up and coming home studio producers such as yourself how to make an impact with their music through Audio Issues since 2011.​

If I can help somebody improve the sound of their music and that helps them get extra fans and exposure I think I've done a great job.

I believe in sharing my knowledge with everyone and through Audio Issues I've been able to do that. I might not have won any Grammys but I enjoy being the person that inspires others to make great music while aspiring to learn as much as there is to know (and pay forward!).​

That's what I'm all about. I've learned a lot from working in the industry since 2006 and I hope my knowledge can become your shortcut to taking your mixes to the next level.

That's what Quick Mixing is. It bypasses all my mistakes that took me years to learn from and just shows you the way to get a great mix immediately.

No technical theory. No jargon rambling.

Quick Mixing puts you right next to me as I mix and I tell you everything I'm thinking as I go along.

I hope to see you on the inside.​

Thank you for sharing your experience to improve my work... ; )

Pedro Guzman
Engineer

I like your training materials. Well produced, focused, and a pleasure to watch and learn from.

John Miller
Engineer

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!

Mathias Bantle 
Musician/Engineer

Quick Mixing

Your 2 hour mix walkthrough with stock plug-ins

Quick Mixing Video

Quick Mixing Checklist 

$29

Instant Download

Quick Mixing and Mastering

Mixing and Mastering walkthrough

Quick Mixing Video

Quick Mixing Checklist 

Quick Mastering  Video

Logic Pro Session Files 

$49

Instant Download

Quick Mixing, Mastering & Editing/Comping 

Mixing/Mastering + Bonus Editing & Comping

Quick Mixing Video

Quick Mixing Checklist 

Quick Mastering  Video

Editing/Comping With Logic Pro X Video

Logic Pro Session Files

$59

Instant Download