Ian Vargo teaches you how to craft a great sounding pop mix, starting with unpacking the producer's rough mix and taking it all the way to polished professional-sounding record.
Learn useful tips and tricks for organizing your sessions prior to mixing so you can set yourself up for success in the mix.
Learn how to transparently fix any pitch and tuning problems using Auto-Tune and Melodyne.
Learn how to bring your mixes to life by creating lush and ethereal reverb and delay sounds.
Learn how to create a bold and competitive sounding mix with effective master buss processing.
Learn how to identify timing problems and edit performances so they sit in the pocket of the groove.
Learn how to get more impact, excitement and punch out of your drums with various augmentation techniques.
Learn a variety of creative processing techniques utilizing saturation, modulation, mid-side EQ and more.
Learn a myriad of automation tips and tricks to help you achieve an exciting and dynamic mix.
Ian walks you through the ins and outs of how a professional mix engineer prepares and mixes two modern pop records.
Ian uses two songs to teach so you can get various perspectives on multiple sub-genres within pop music.
Multitracks are included for both songs so you can practice alongside the videos and apply what you learn. You'll also get a companion PDF on mixing philosophy and an index file so you can easily jump around the videos.
Ian Vargo is a mix engineer who has worked on hundreds of domestic and international music releases, both major-label and independent. He has studied guitar and songwriting at The Berklee College of Music, and has a Masters in Sound Design. His extensive knowledge of performance, composition, and sound help him bring the best out of each and every mix. He has worked in nearly every musical genre including Top 40 Pop, Hip-Hop, Rock, and many others.
He is also an educator, and teaches music production at numerous colleges. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California.