Mixing Start To Finish: A Step by Step Guide to Balanced Mixes
In this video, I turned the camera on while mixing to show you the steps I took to get a balanced mix. I use an approach called “Top-Down Mixing” where I start by setting a static mix before adding effects and automating. These techniques can be applied when mixing many types of music. Feel free to ask me any questions about these methods in the comments below. ►The song is called “You” by The Workday Release. Listen to the final mix here on YouTube: https://youtu.be/zXTn5JddNNQ The final mix was done by Andy Toy (@andytoymusic), a brilliant engineer and mixer. I am using the stems in this video because I wanted to try my hand at the mix too. ►Gear/Software used: DAW: FL Studio 20 (all DAWs have similar function) Free Plugins: TDR Kotelnikov, Nova Dynamic EQ, Molotok Compressor and Slick EQ Interface: Lynx Hilo Headphones: Beyerdynamic DT 1990 Pro 250 Ohm Speakers: PSI A23-M 0:00 – Intro 1:00 – Listening to the stems 2:00 – Top-Down mixing 5:50 – Vocal Reverb and Delay 8:55 – Piano and Guitar 11:40 – Backing vocals 13:00 – Vocal Effects 14:40 – Bass and Drums 18:50 – Adjusting more tracks 20:35 – Vocal Automation 22:30 – Take a break 23:20 – Listening to the mix 23:45 – Vocal editing 25:45 – Side-chaining 26:50 – Listening to the mix 27:15 – More automations 29:20 – Global EQ 30:45 – Final thoughts and revisions
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