Discover How to Create Separation Between Your Instruments and Balance in Your Mixes

What if you could hear all the instruments clearly in your mixes...creating songs that that made your friends and fans say "wow!" just because of how clear, punchy and powerful they sounded?

As a home studio musician, you hear things differently than your friends when you listen to your favorite songs.

They might think something basic, like, "This chorus is great!"

But you hear something completely different. You think:

"I love the snap of that snare and how the beater of the kick drum comes through the mix. That vocal has such a nice presence that sits nicely with the rest of the instruments without feeling stuck on top. Everything blends together so nicely and you can really hear every track!"

But somehow you keep struggling to create those results in your own mixes...

You fight to fit all the instruments together and you're never exactly sure where they sit in the frequency range. 

You can't get rid of the muddy sounds cluttering up your low-end where the bass guitar is constantly fighting with your kick drum. You don't know how to separate the guitars from each other so they all play nicely in the frequency spectrum. Each guitar blends with the others in a bad way, not in that nice, wall-of-sound kind of way. You can't quite get that presence from the lead vocal you hear on the radio and you've basically given up trying to blend multiple vocals together.

It feels like a constant balancing act. Every time you give extra power to the low-end, most of the mids and highs sound weak in comparison.

You don't know how much you should boost or cut to get the sound you hear in your head. Even though you've tried all sorts of different techniques you're never really sure whether it "actually sounds good." 

Some people tell you that you should only use subtractive EQ but you feel like boosting makes everything sound better.

The probelm is, you're scared of boosting too much and damaging your mix. You wish somebody would just tell you where the EQ sweet spots were so you could move on.

Even when you know for a fact that you're making your mix sound better you can't stop tweaking the EQ curve, wasting precious time you could use on other mix moves.

I understand your frustrations completely. I've been there.

I had no idea how to use an EQ to make clearer mixes. EQ was like this weird foreign programming language that these other cool engineers understood.

But me? ​My kick drum kept interfering with my bass guitar, my guitars masked the vocals and my entire drum sound just sounded like a harsh, tinny mess. Hardly a cool sounding mix.

I had no idea how much or even where I should boost or cut to make my instruments sound better. 

However, throughout the years I've learned a lot about EQ'ing my mixes to make them sound cleaner. Now, people tell me they love how they can hear each instrument in the mix with definition.

My kick drum doesn't clash with the bass guitar anymore. Instead, they work together like a well-oiled rhythm machine, keeping the mix clean but thick in the low-end. Even the guitar player and the vocalist have stopped fighting about which instrument should be louder because they can hear themselves equally.

Now, bands happily pay me to mix their songs because they know they'll get a clean and clear mix where everything sounds great.

Here I am, just hanging out in the studio getting my picture a huge egomaniac...

In case you don't know me, let me introduce myself. I'm Björgvin Benediktsson and I've been working in the audio industry since 2006. I started out doing live sound back home in my native Iceland, but since then I've transitioned into recording and producing.

First in Madrid, Spain, where I went to audio engineering school, and today I make a nice side income from producing locals bands in Tucson, Arizona.

Throughout the years I've learned a lot about audio, and if there's one thing I truly love doing it's teaching musicians and engineers like yourself how to make a bigger impact with your music.

I've taught thousands of up and coming home studio musicians and engineers through Audio Issues since 2011.

And I have to tell you, once you've learned how EQ works and where you can fix the problem areas in your mix, your mixing skills will skyrocket!

That's what happened to me, and that's what I want for you too.

All it takes is a little knowledge and a blueprint of where to go.

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What if I told you that you're so close to figuring the frequency spectrum out?

With just a few small tweaks on top of what you're already doing you can finally get your instruments to really punch through. You'll be able to add definition to your tracks and make everything fit together for a cleaner mix.

You want to carve EQ pockets for your instruments. Knowing how to EQ correctly is your first to making that happen and getting your mixes to sound more professional.

Even if you're just mixing your songs as a hobby you still need to know how to create a balance between your drums and bass; vocals and guitars; highs and lows. 

Once you learn how to EQ, you can wipe out the boxiness and mud from your mixes, and forget about thin sounding vocals or harsh guitars!

With the correct EQ curves you can make every instrument sound just the way you want it to.

  • EQ helps you create punchy low-end and sparkling highs.
  • EQ helps you separate guitars and vocals so that you hear them distinctly in all their detail.
  • EQ helps you clean up the low-end so that both the kick drum and the bass help other fill out the lows instead of clashing to create a muddy mix.

In short, EQ cleans up your mix and creates a full frequency balance.

And you know what? I have just the thing to help you achieve that.​

“EQ Strategies - The Ultimate Guide to EQ”

EQ Strategies - The Ultimate Guide to EQ is a step by step guide that teaches you how to understand and recognize frequencies. Once you master EQ, you'll be able to create space and separation between all the instruments in your mix.

You'll know exactly where your instruments are clashing, making any EQ problem easy to fix.

Learning to EQ is the first step towards great mixing skills. Knowing how frequencies interact and how to fit them all together is a crucial skill all engineers like yourself should have.

EQ doesn't have to be a mystery. Knowing how to EQ is the single greatest skill any audio engineer has. Don't learn behind a mixing board in a badly lit venue like I did, with trial and error and randomly twisting knobs until "something" sounded "just ok..."

I want your mixes to sound better than that in less time. So if you've been looking for a great EQ guide to fix those nasty frequencies in your mixes, look no further.​

  1. 15 Chapter eBook: In-depth written content on solving your EQ problems, with dedicated chapters to drums, bass, guitar, and vocals.
  2. Video Training: A frequency-by-frequency rundown of the complete EQ spectrum, teaching you to hear the characteristics of each frequency range. The videos include graphical representations of where your instruments lie in the EQ spectrum so you can quickly fix any EQ problem you have.
  3. Practical Techniques for Both Beginner and Advanced Engineers: Whether you're just starting out or have been working in the industry for a while you'll get easy to use, practical EQ tips you can use right away to improve your mixes.

"So complete that, although have purchased other great resources from other respectable sites, this really is the only one that I need, if I had to choose one. Secondly, while videos are very helpful, I can reference your books quickly while mixing. This may sound tedious, but I printed your EQ/mixing ebooks and had them bound. I don't like clutter and can't have training stuff all over the place. The EQ and mixingbooks are on top of my Yamaha HS7's and thats it; nothing else. The books are jammed with USEFUL stuff; hands on real mixing pointers...This hobby became so frustrating that I almost quit until I discovered some of the home studio training and now, your e-books which are my reference books. I'll stay tuned for any more products from you. Buying a bunch of gear is ridiculous, ( as I've learned from experience), without first investing in becoming an engineer."

Home studio musician

The EQ tips that have helped the most have to do with the bass guitar and kick drum. I'm able to get a clean and tight low end on this song I'm working on. I cut some of the mud out of the kick and bass, then I let the kick have a little extra 50 Hz and added a little bit around 800 Hz on the bass guitar. That made the low end clear and punchy. This song has an acoustic guitar as one of the main instruments and I decided to put a HPF up to 200 Hz and added a little bit around 3 kHz and and it sounds good so far. This is a great guide to get things moving in the right direction!!! Thank You!!!! 

Jeff Smith Mixing Engineer

"Bjorgvin knows what we need to know, and he shares it all, in easy to understand, easy to digest bites. Bjorgvin explains filtering, boosting, cutting, notch filters, bell curves, and “Q”, how to “sweep” or find frequencies that need cutting, and so much more, and all of it in very good detail, with audio examples. “EQ Strategies for EQ’ing a song”...This important video is an hour of deep EQ teaching, so please do not skip this part! Bjorgvin opens up a real multi track session and goes through the tracks, one at a time, and explains exactly what each EQ is doing. Bjorgvin begins with a quick “before and after” play, without EQ and then with EQ, just to demonstrate how powerful EQ really is. The difference is nothing short of incredible. Bjorgvin is a great teacher, too, and that really lends to the level of training that is unfolding here inside EQ Strategies. If you are trying to wrap your head around EQ, how to apply EQ in order to get way better tracks and much better sounding complete songs, EQ Strategies is what you are looking for."

Kern Ramsdell Engineer, Home Recording Weekly

What Will You Learn From EQ Strategies?

  • The 3 principles of great EQ’ing
  • 6 warning signs that you don’t know the first thing about EQ
  • Using little known harmonic secrets to EQ the bass guitar to cut through the mix without cluttering up the low-end
  • 7 quick and dirty EQ fixes for your electric guitar
  • How to eliminate vocal muddiness with EQ
  • 5 need-to-know frequency areas of the vocal
  • The 5 step guide to fixing muddy vocals
  • How to get rid of that annoying nasal sound
  • The opposite way you should EQ depending on how many instruments you have
  • What Goodfellas, The Godfather and other gangster movies can tell you about effective EQ’ing
  • How to get clarity in the low-end without losing weight in your mixes
  • The only mantra you’ll need for great EQ fixes
  • An in-depth guide to sculpting your snare drum sound
  • Getting rid of the “cheap sound” from acoustic guitars

The Ultimate EQ Guide is helping me immensely! I am new to mixing but have been in many studios as a recording musician. It's helping me clean up muddy mixes and get more punch out of my recordings. I highly recommend it!

Mo Matatquin Home Studio Musician

I like the specific EQ tips for each instrument. They're all very helpful and I learned quite a few new things: bass harmonics, how to make the beaters pop on kick drums, adding more punch to snare drums, and tips to make guitars sit better in the mix (which also works for lead synths).

Joseph Litherland Engineer

What Do You Learn From the EQ Strategies Videos?

In the video packages I've included great training materials designed to make your EQ skill improve immediately. 

Your Guide to the Frequency Spectrum

Where I talk you through every part of the EQ spectrum and where you can find such things as muddiness, boxiness, weight, presence, shimmer, sheen, sibilance and air to name a few area. So now, instead of aimlessly wandering around your EQ plug-in you can actually learn where your problematic frequencies are when you need to fix them.

A Crash Course in Cutting, Boosting and Filtering

Knowing when to boost, cut and filter is invaluable to making all the instruments in your mix fit together. We go through the EQ plug-in to help you understand exactly how every parameter, setting and knob works.

1 Hour Mix Walkthrough Using EQ

One-Hour EQ Walkthrough of drums, bass, acoustic guitar, electric guitars, lead vocals and backup vocals.

One of the EQ Strategies packages includes an hour long video session where I take a completely unmixed song and show you how amazing you can make your rough mix sound using JUST EQ!

You'll hear a track goes from this:​

To this, using just EQ:

Here are some of the things you'll learn in my 1 hour walkthrough:

  • How to EQ kick drums to get rid of muddy resonances while keeping them thick and punchy
  • Using filters to reduce bleed on drums to create a tighter drum sound
  • EQ'ing overheads and room mics to make the compliment the overall drum sound
  • EQ'ing groups of both acoustic and electric guitars to give each one their own space in the frequency spectrum
  • How to use EQ presets on instrument groups to your advantage with some minor tweaking
  • Using a bass amp simulator in addition to EQ to make the bass cut through the mix
  • Using mid/side EQ on backing vocals to make room for the lead vocals in a dense vocal mix
  • The importance of using EQ on reverbs to avoid cluttering up your mix
  • Platinum Bonus: 
Bonus: 6 Warning Signs That You Don't Know the First Thing About EQ.

A 6 part guide on avoiding some of the most common mistakes people make when they use EQ.

Compression Masterclass
Bonus: 10 Ways to Use Compression Effectively

EQ and compression go hand in hand to create great mixes.

Those two processors will take your mixes from rough recordings to punchy mixes. 

Therefore, the EQ Strategies package comes with a Compression Masterclass that'll teach you how to use all those buttons on your compressor.

  • How to use all those buttons on your compressor
  • The very minor math that helps you understand the ratio better
  • The difference between a FET, VCA and Opto compression types (and how incredibly important it is to experiment with each style)
  • How to know the difference in compression styles between different compression emulations
  • How to use compression to smooth out dynamics (and how you can see it visually)
  • How to use the attack and release to create shape
  • How to use serial compression to squeeze dynamics without squashing the signal
  • How to use bus compression to glue your instruments together
  • How to use parallel compression for extra punch
  • How to use different compression types in series to achieve different goals
  • How to use multi-band compression to affect different frequency areas
  • How to use mix-buss compression to glue your mix together from the start
  • How the beginner's mind helps you get more creative with compression

...really helped me with my bass guitar, drums, vocals and rock guitars. Making room in the mix with EQ and giving everything a space has got a whole lot simpler thanks to you.


"I really liked how you explained using octaves on your bass instruments to get the low-end to register on smaller speakers. That has been an issue of mine. Always sounds great on my monitors but when I play back on portable speakers I wouldn't even be able to hear the low-end.


Imagine if mixing was a video game... 

If EQ is "Hard", compression must be "Expert Level Difficulty!"

When I was starting out, it sure felt that way. Once I'd gotten the hang of EQ, compression was still a struggle. Every time I tried to compress my drums and bass to make them tighter, I'd end up with a squashed drum sound and a weak low-end. I was never really sure what all the buttons the compressor did, and I certainly didn't know which ones to use to create tight mixes like I heard from other expert engineers. 

Balancing the dynamics of the song without squashing and over-compressing each instrument was foreign to me. 

Sure, presets were handy to start with, but I usually got lost trying to tweak them to suit my mix.

If I finally got a good rough mix using EQ and compression, I'd derail the entire thing again when I added reverb and delay.

I'd end up with way too much reverb, making my mixes sound weak and washed out. Then, when I'd return to the mix the next day I'd overcompensate for my mistakes and end up with a mix that sounded two-dimensional and flat. 

I honestly didn't understand what to listen for in a mix so I kept randomly putting plug-ins on tracks, tweaking presets that didn't fit the tracks and selecting inappropriate effects that weren't suitable for the song.

If you have a similar story, you might want to grab my Mixing With 5 Plug-ins course with your EQ Strategies package.

  1. Mix a Song from Start to Finish: You'll transform a rough recording to a finished, professional mix using only the five most common plug-ins you will find in your DAW.
  2. Become a Master of EQ, Compression, Reverb, Delay and Saturation: You'll learn even more EQ techniques, in addition to knowing when and how to use each type of compressor. You'll become a master of adding space with reverb and delay; and you'll master the different styles of saturation to add that extra 10% to your mixes that you're lacking.
  3. Take Your Knowledge and Level Up Your Mixes: After learning what each plug-in does, you'll see how to use it in action, learning valuable techniques on how to use them to mix your own songs.

"I found this course to be detailed, relevant, and very practical - and quite a bit of fun. Specifically, I found each of the feedback videos comprehensive and balanced, each of the tutorial videos were engaging and detailed, yet it was not "preachy" as "this is the only way to" I learned the difference between EQ'ing for balance and cohesion and EQ'ing for color and dimension. The visual component of seeing the specific instrument's frequency range really helps nail problem areas more efficiently. Also, this course has changed (and simplified) the way I set up a session. The idea is great. You explain a little bit of why you use the plugin and what the overall goal is. Then you do it"live and then explain what you have done. I realized that all you need is basically only these 5 plug-ins."


"Overall, I really enjoyed the course. I think for me the most valuable thing was seeing your screen and watching your thought process visually. I have read mixing textbooks in the past and the information is simply too dense to be all that useful. In particular, the "Mixing with no plug-ins" video was extremely helpful. I realized that many of my major mixing woes were caused by poor organization and skipping over fundamentals. I've been mixing for a while as a hobby and in that time have picked up many bad habits, and this course definitely helped me re-learn the habits that make for better mixes. I really enjoyed the course. I personally didn't really want to use the song that you were mixing and instead opted for applying the techniques I learned from the videos to my own mix. I would certainly recommend this course to anyone who is starting out on their mixing journey as well as folks like me who have been mixing for a while but haven't learned good fundamentals. I probably wouldn't recommend it to someone looking for a "deep dive" into the art of mixing, because it covers the basics and doesn't go super-duper in depth, but overall I am very satisfied with my purchase. Thanks so much for doing what you do, Björgvin!"

Home Studio Musician 

Here's What You Get Inside Mixing With 5 Plug-ins

Your 5-Module Course + Bonus Video Vault
1. Getting a Great Balance and Static Mix

Critical listening and knowing where you're taking the song before you ever start mixing it.

The first module is all about setting up and prepping your tracks for mixing.

3. Creating Punch and Tightness With Compression

After EQ'ing we'll put a compressor on every track and find the best setting for each instrument.

5. How to Add Sweetening With Saturation

We'll use saturation to spice up your mixes and make them smoother and warmer.

2. Creating Separation With EQ

After our initial balancing work we'll get into using EQ to make all the instruments fit together in your mixes.

4. Adding Depth and Space With Reverb and Delay

If you only use EQ and compression you'll end up with a flat mix. Using reverb and delay is the key to giving your mixes depth without overpowering and cluttering up your mix.

6. Rebalancing and Translation

In addition, we'll rebalance the whole mix, check our mix on multiple speakers and add some automation so that everything plays nicely together.

Plus: Bonus Items from the Mixing Vault

Mixing Hard Rock With 5 Plug-ins

The Mixing With 5 Plug-ins course uses an folk rock track to teach you how to learn EQ, compression, reverb, delay, and saturation. In those videos you learn what all the buttons on those processors do and how to work them.

This video takes your teaching even further and applies the Mixing With 5 Plug-ins method to a hard rock track to teach you to create kick-ass rock mixes.

Top 10 Vocal Effects Tricks and How to Use Them

This masterclass is a collection of ten different vocal production tricks I use in multiple different genres - folk, rock, and punk to name a few - that help me make the vocals stand out and sound more professional.

Whether you're looking for parallel processing tricks for larger vocals, cool slapback echoes, advanced double-tracking or aggressive megaphone effects, you'll learn them in here.

2-Part Advanced Mixing With 5 Plug-ins Videos

This 2-part tutorial and presentation takes the mixing with 5 plug-ins method even further, with tips and techniques not found in the core course.

Learn additional ways to make the vocals sit with the instruments, discover multiple approaches to re-amping your DI'd electric guitars, how to avoid harshness in your mixes and how to use mid/side EQ for vocals.

You'll parallel drum thickening techniques using EQ and compression, how to use parallel saturation and when to tighten up your drum groups with multi-band compression, among other things.

Practice Multi-tracks

The best way to learn to use your new skills is to practice on different types of multi-tracks with.

That's why Mixing With 5 Plug-ins comes with multiple multi-tracks, ranging from simple acoustic rock to orchestral pop.


Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:

How is the course delivered?

Do I need a specific DAW?

Can't I just Youtube this stuff?

I don't have time for ANOTHER Course!

I've bought other tutorials, how is this one different?

Do I have to finish the course by a specific time?

Do I need any specific plug-ins?

What if I put in all this money and effort and my mixes still suck?

Is this a beginner's course?

I only do [insert your genre here]. How will this course help me mix my genre of music?

Recording and Mixing Strategies to Improve Your Productions

If you're extra adventurous and want even more techniques on recording, my Recording & Mixing Strategies bundle includes two Extra eBooks plus a video Tutorial Package (11 extra practical production videos).

Recording & Mixing Strategies is an in-depth tutorial package dedicated to every aspect of the production process.​

​Recording Strategies is filled with shortcuts to great recordings without the tedious technical explanations.

  • The 6 step process for getting it right at the source
  • The MUST-KNOW things to keep in mind when recording ANY instrument
  • A secret way to get expensive recording programs ridiculously cheap.
  • 7 easy stereo techniques for a wide and spacious sound
  • The little known drum recording technique that produces great results, even in the worst rooms
  • Bonus: In-depth bonus on recording a full band together in the studio.

Mixing Strategies offers simple to use tricks to make your drums, guitars, vocals and low-end sound tighter and cleaner.

  • How to achieve a polished and professional vocal sound
  • Getting a tight low-end and controlling a bass heavy and muddy mix
  • 35 practical tips for a punchier drum sound
  • How to get a bigger mix without adding clutter and muddiness
  • Over 25 advanced guitar mixing tricks to guarantee a greater guitar sound
  • Production analysis of hits songs
  • How to get your mix ready for mastering

Plus: Two interviews with industry professionals about recording piano and vocals.

THANK YOU for your E-books. The information on mixing drums ALONE was well worth the money. I would listen to other peoples "mixes" which were typically a lot of guesswork, reapply using your principles, and come out with a far better product each time. The most recent song that I did sounds SOOO good, you can hear all the instruments clearly, there's no mud, the drums are tight and punchy, the kick is dead on, and the Toms are deep and thunderous.

Chris Munson
Home Recordist


As with all of the Audio Issues products, if they don't live up to your standards I will happily refund your money, no questions asked.

You can try all the tricks and even keep the tutorial 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."


Pick the Mixing Package That's Right For You

EQ Strategies

Your Ultimate Guide to EQ

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    EQ Strategies - The Ultimate Guide to EQ ebook (PDF/Kindle/ipad)
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    Frequency Breakdown Video - Showing you where to find problem frequencies to cut and flattering frequencies to boost
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    Crash course in filtering/cutting/boosting
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    One hour mix walkthrough on EQ'ing drums, bass, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, vocals and backup vocals (With multi-tracks)
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    Free: 10 Ways to Use Compression Effectively Miniclass ($17 Value)
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    Free: 6 Warning Signs About EQ Mistakes

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EQ Strategies + MW5P

Ultimate Guide to EQ + Mixing With 5 Plug-ins

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    EQ Strategies - The Ultimate Guide to EQ ebook (PDF/Kindle/ipad)
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    Frequency Breakdown Video - Showing you where to find problem frequencies to cut and flattering frequencies to boost
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    Crash course in filtering/cutting/boosting
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    One hour mix walkthrough on EQ'ing drums, bass, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, vocals and backup vocals (With multi-tracks)
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    Free: 10 Ways to Use Compression Effectively Miniclass ($17 Value)
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    Free: 6 Warning Signs About EQ Mistakes
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    Full Mixing With 5 Plug-ins course teaching you to mix with EQ, compression, reverb, delay and saturation ($199 Value)

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EQ Strategies Platinum

EQ Strategies + MW5P + Strategies Bundle

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    EQ Strategies - The Ultimate Guide to EQ ebook (PDF/Kindle/ipad)
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    Frequency Breakdown Video - Showing you where to find problem frequencies to cut and flattering frequencies to boost
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    Crash course in filtering/cutting/boosting
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    One hour mix walkthrough on EQ'ing drums, bass, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, vocals and backup vocals (With multi-tracks)
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    Free: 10 Ways to Use Compression Effectively Miniclass ($17 Value)
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    Free: 6 Warning Signs About EQ Mistakes
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    Full Mixing With 5 Plug-ins course teaching you to mix with EQ, compression, reverb, delay and saturation ($199 Value)
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    Recording & Mixing Strategies eBooks and Video Vault

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See what some past users have to say:

The format helped me solidify the basics very quickly. I sampled a few sessions with the concepts and found an immediate and pronounced improvement. Full of tips that are immediately useful. Like anything you are learning, it takes 'doing' and more 'doing' before you can start to polish your work. But the initial results are immediate and impressive....thanks.

Dave Michaels Home Studio Musician 

Kindly allow me to over estimate your importance in growth of my musical career from an amateur into a pro.. Your information has really molded my production skills into what my clients today call good music. Thanks a lot and keep up the good work.

Andika Wilson Engineer/Producer

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

John Miller Engineer

No Boring Theory, Just Practical Tips to Create Separation in Your Mixes.

"It helped me obtain a more full and natural mix - thank you! I'm now en route to making my mixes sparkle and sound professional."

Sean G Home Studio Musician 
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