Take your pop mixes to the next level

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.

  • Create a lush modern pop vocal that cuts through the mix
  • Tips for effectively using EQ, compression, effects & more
  • Multi-buss processing for ultimate flexibility in your mixes
  • A trick that makes drum samples sound better in every mix
  • Techniques for mixing electric, acoustic and bass guitars
  • Drum augmentation techniques for hard-hitting drum sounds
  • How to organize your mix sessions and templates for success
  • Effective parallel processing and sidechain compression
  • Utilize the “waves” technique to supercharge your workflow
  • Advanced techniques with multiband, mid-side, sidechain and more
  • How to clean up and mix different types of background vocals
  • Utilize saturation to add excitement, character and grit your mix
  • Effective master buss processing for loudness and cohesion

Learn useful tips and tricks for organizing your sessions prior to mixing so you can set yourself up for success in the mix.

vocal tuning

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.

drum replacement

Learn how to get more impact, excitement and punch out of your drums with various augmentation techniques.

creative processing

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.

Tutorial Overview

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5+ Hours of Training

Ian walks you through the ins and outs of how a professional mix engineer prepares and mixes two modern pop records.

2 Different Songs

Ian uses two songs to teach so you can get various perspectives on multiple sub-genres within pop music.

Multitracks Included & More

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.

About Ian Vargo

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.

100% Satisfaction Guaranteed

We're confident you'll love this course, but we want you to be absolutely satisfied. If you’re unhappy for any reason, simply email us within 30 days and we’ll give you a full refund.

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