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Introducing: The Mix Workshop Series

Transcript
Hey folks! Matthew Weiss here. I want to talk about my new series which is out called The Workshop Series.

These are smaller tutorials that are aimed at very specific subjects. There are currently five of them in total, and they can be bought individually, or they can be purchased as a bundle.

So I’m going to give you a little overview on the five different tutorials and what they’re all about.

So, number one is about mixing vocals to a 2-track. I think that this is a skill that will pretty much consistently come up in any audio engineers or producers career, whether you’re just starting out, or whether you’ve been doing it for a long time, and it comes out in two very specific places.

One is Hip Hop. That genre specifically has a lot of material release as a mix tape, which is a smaller budget project that’s meant to generate buzz, and it even shows up in albums.

I’m not talking about low budget albums, I’m talking about major budget albums. It’s very common where a production will show up, and for whatever reason, the track outs are just simply not available.

So being able to mix vocals and handle a 2-track is extremely important for that particular genre. In addition, basically every genre, you’re going to find that when you’re tracking vocals, a lot of times, you will be tracking to an instrumental rendering of the production, and even if it’s just for that particular session, being able to give the artist a vocal to 2-track mix that sounds pretty passable is going to be an important skill that can really help you when you are winning the hearts and minds of artists.

So number two is managing low end. This tutorial takes a record with a very complicated low end, where we have multiple basses, multiple kicks, deep synths, and they’re all in overlapping registers, and it goes over all of the considerations and techniques for making that sort of a complicated thing work out.

Number three is a workshop on mastering. It looks at three different mixes, all with very different qualities and characteristics, and how to bring out the best of those mixes using only the 2-track in both the creative sense, and the technical sense to ensure translation.

Number four is on working with drum loops. This is a thought experiment tutorial that takes a very static drum loop, one that has been rigidly quantized, that doesn’t have a lot of dynamic, and it goes through making the whole thing come to life, and feel like it’s lively, and changing, and exciting, and that there’s variation throughout the entire progression of the drum loop.

Number five is a workshop on creating cohesive reverb. This is a unique look at reverb where multiple room captures and artificial reverbs must all work together in the record for the record to make sense, and so we have spring reverbs, we have plate reverbs, we have room captures on drums, we have room captures on other instruments, we have different rooms happening, and we have to make all of these reverbs come together and sound like they all kind of belong in the same space.

There are some really cool techniques that you can employ in doing this, and this workshop goes through quite a bit of them very thoroughly.

So these workshops can be found at theproaudiofiles.com/workshops. They are very thorough, they’re short, they’re to the point, but they are comprehensive, and you’re going to learn a lot.

Alright guys, take care.

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Matthew Weiss

Matthew Weiss

Matthew Weiss is a Grammy nominated and Spellemann Award winning audio engineer from Philadelphia. Matthew has mixed songs for Snoop, Sonny Digital, Gorilla Zoe, Uri Caine, Dizzee Rascal, Arrested Development, 9th Wonder, !llmind & more. Get in touch: Weiss-Sound.com.
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