When we decided to produce a new series of tutorials on audio recording and production we searched the globe for the very best trainers and audio professionals ... and we found them at Modern World Studios and Singing Canary Productions!
How do you get a complicated song, with tons of drums, guitar, keyboard and vocal tracks to really shine and stand out when reduced to a stereo pair? Well, it’s not easy. In fact, it’s one of the most critical and complicated steps of the whole recording process. And that’s what makes this 60-video tutorial so unique! You’ll sit alongside Modern World Studio’s mixing ninja Clint Murphy as he teaches you everything he knows about the art of mixing.
This is not one of those overview tutorials: It's an in-depth treatise—nothing is glossed over or left out. From setting up the console to exporting your final stereo bounce, this tutorial shows you every step of the way. So break out your notebooks because this hands-on, down-and-dirty, in the trenches mixing adventure is loaded with tons of mixing techniques and audio tips.
You know, it’s not every day that a world class engineer lets you in on all his mixing secrets. So sit back, put your feet up (not on the console, please) put on your headphones and get ready to learn about the art and science of The Mix!
I didn't like the song for reasons I will get into at the end, but I think the fact that the song didn't speak to me made it better as a course. I could listen to everything more clinically.
The course is long and helpful in a lot of ways. There was much in the beginning that only really applied if you were working in Pro Tools and had an SSL desk integrated with it. On the one hand it was nice because it showed great examples of how a session is set up in a professional studio. On the other hand it made the whole course a lot longer.
One thing that was really nice was seeing how the EQ choices on a board simplify that process and force you to rely on your ears. That process can be applied to plugins. I was mixing something along with the course and trying techniques out and I think that helped. It always amazes me that things that are overly complicated for amateurs, are brought more to the point by professionals and EQ is an example.
It was great to watch his workflow, his habits, what comes first, next, etc. I took copious notes on that.
The reason I didn't like the song is very common in modern music where things are assembled with loops and everybody is trying some kind of genre busting to be "Unique". Things lack Identity of their own that makes it relatable. It's a pop song, she sounds like a country singer, what's this now? Did I go to the Lion King? I don't think things need to be as cliché as "Your Cheatin Heart" to have an identity. When Paul Simon used the African voices on the Graceland record, that record was before the end of Apartheid and dealt with those themes. It seemed brilliant, and sounded beautiful.
I feel about that the way Sarah Marshall felt about Aldous Snow's Tatoos
Sarah Marshall: And you know what? Let me tell you something about these tattoos, okay. That is Buddhist, that is Nordic, that is Hindu, that's just gibberish. They are completely conflicting ideologies, and that does not make you a citizen of the world, it makes you full of (expletive deleted.)
Badmac Music wrote on September 14, 2016
This is a very deep and thorough exploration into the art of mixing - a difficult yet very important part of the song production process. I learned so many new things which I immediately applied to my current work in progress and was absolutely thrilled to hear my song coming to life. It's a lengthy tutorial, but very worth the investment of time. Recommend!
Paul wrote on January 21, 2015
Another fantastic course from 'The Art of Audio Recording'. Here Clint Murphy delves deep into the mixing process of a pop song. I would recommend this course along with the rest in the series to any recordin/mixing engineer.
Closet Monster Music wrote on December 26, 2014
Fantastic tutorial. Working as a freelancer and learning this stuff "on your own," you hope and pray that tutorials will be this helpful. I think the best part is that the action never skips over anything. You're there the entire time this song gets mixed which is as close to an internship at a recording studio as possible. A million times thank you. Fingers crossed for more to come.
Dv8ter wrote on December 6, 2014
Great course - the whole mix in real time - just what was needed. I now want that SSL desk. I use Logic but this was still helpful as explanations given were easy to transpose to other DAW's.
District Sound Lab wrote on November 25, 2014
If you are a beginner and want to learn about mixing, this course is a GOLD MINE! I only wish this course was available when i was starting out. Its very thorough and well done. If you are an experienced mixer, you will still pick up a couple little tidbits and ideas here and there... I know i did. Great course.
Ren wrote on November 23, 2014
Mixing is one of those crafts that only a few get right, Singing Canary Productions gives insight into this process like few that I've seen.
Juan Otalora wrote on July 10, 2014
Love these Singing Canary tutorials, they are the closest thing to a true Quality PRO 'recording experience' tutorial, with some pretty cool music.
Lrod wrote on January 2, 2014
Great mixing tutorial, definitely worth every minute! Clint is one of my favs to learn from, he's always so methodical describing how/why he does the things he does. I like how he doesn't make mixing seem like it's some kinda mystic and occult art. Really straight no chaser kinda deal, I really learned a lot. Thanks Clint!
iht wrote on August 28, 2013
The most informative videos I've seen about the art of Mixing. The WHOLE process from beginning to end, and always interesting. Thanks a lot !