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Weiss Advice Masterclass in Los Angeles

Hey, Weiss here. I’d like to thank you for making the first Weiss Advice Masterclass possible. It was a huge success and I want to tell you about it.

We began with the day reviewing Max’s work. He’s a young aspiring Hip-Hop artist. Mixing isn’t his passion, but he knows that DIY is valuable as he begins his career path. With that in mind we focused primarily on his voice. We addressed a few qualities of his voice and vocal recordings, and came up with some EQ presets he can use on future records. Max’s main challenge was one that many people face: not having deliberate goals while mixing. He left with a nearly finished record, newfound techniques, and most importantly: an understanding of the mixing process with specific aims.

From there it was Red’s turn. Red is a producer with a few placements and connections. His biggest hurdle has been getting his own mixes up to the expectations that established artists and A&Rs expect. After digging into one of his records we found that the weak link in Red’s chain was technical foundation. By resolving some gain staging issues, pulling apart how the time constants on his compressors affect the sound, and experimenting with some “front-to-back” imaging concepts, we took what sounded essentially like a demo to a professionally mixed product.

Jeff brought his entire iMac all the way from San Francisco! Jeff is an aspiring producer with incredible ideas and sound selection. It was impressive how good his tracks sounded with just a fader’s up mix. With that in mind, I decided to hand the class off to Samik “The Symphony,” producer for Charles Hamilton, Cyhi The Prince, and iStandard’s “Beast of The Beats” winner. Samik showed Jeff some higher level ideas in song structure and demonstrated some practical means of taking a beat and turning it into a full fledged production. From there, I stepped back in and gave Jeff a few straight forward mixing principles to bring an already good sounding track home.

Rob is a producer/singer/songwriter mixing his own work. Being a one man band is tough but it’s a reality that a lot of us have to face. Rob’s toughest challenge is working through an unideal recording setup. His session was intense, and very technique heavy, but we managed to take vocals that sounded like they were recorded through a telephone to vocals that you would expect from a major commercial facility (that’s not an exaggeration). As an R&B singer I also felt it was important to discuss some reverb and delay techniques, so I extended the class a hair to make sure I could fit that in. Rob left with a completely mixed record and an arsenal of techniques he can use to make his records sound top-of-the-line.

Last up was Marshall. Marshall is a mixing engineer who just stepped into the professional arena. For him, technique wasn’t much of an issue. Our segment revolved around making bold decisions and finding things within a record that give it a unique identity. We found that by unearthing the heart of a record early on, our mix approach changes completely. We began a completely different top down mix of one of his projects, and it became clear that there was an entire world of possibilities, even within a record that first seemed maybe a little bland.

Upcoming Class: January 7th & 8th

The next class will be split over two days: Saturday, January 7th and Sunday, January 8th. Both days are from 11am to 3:30pm.

In addition to learning and working with your own music on your own rig, attendees will be welcome to stay on Saturday as I work on one of my own projects, and we’ll also have a very special surprise guest coming in on Sunday.

There are currently 4 available slots left.

Contact me at matt@weiss-sound.com to reserve your slot today!

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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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