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The Workshop Series includes nine in-depth video tutorials (7+ hours) on specific mixing topics.
Learn new techniques, increase your confidence and improve the quality of your mixes.

Workshop 1

Mixing Vocals to a 2-Track

Learn how to overcome the challenges and create a great mix when you only have vocals and a two-track.

  • Create a dynamic mix even with a heavily limited two-track
  • Keep vocals from getting buried under a wall of sound
  • Use sidechain multiband compression to duck a vocal to the beat
  • Manipulate dynamics to match the energy of a vocal and a two-track
  • Use multiband expansion to give kick drums a dynamic push
  • Bring out the transients of an over-compressed two-track
  • Utilize sample augmentation to enhance the drum sound
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Workshop 2

Managing Low End

Learn tips, tricks and techniques for creating a powerful and well-defined low end in your mix.

  • Enhance the clarity of an 808 with pitch manipulation tricks
  • Manage phase relationships to get a punchier low end
  • Align multiple kick drum samples to retain transient attack
  • Utilize upper-harmonics to increase perceived low end presence
  • Subtractive EQ tips to get a cleaner and more powerful low end
  • Utilize stereo widening techniques on a bass track for a bigger low end
  • Use sidechain compression to create space for competing bass elements
  • Ideal compression release settings for separation between instruments
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Workshop 3

Mastering 101

Learn the basic concepts of mastering a song featuring source material from two different genres.

  • Learn the proper levels for setting a final limiter
  • Bring a static mix to life with subtle automation
  • Add an analog feel to digital mixes with distortion and more
  • Use parallel compression to add depth to your masters
  • Bring a thin mix to life using broad strokes in mastering
  • Utilize buss compression to add dynamics to a mix
  • Bring out specific instruments with surgical EQ moves
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Workshop 4

Working with Drum Loops

Learn how to transform a static drum loop into an exciting, dynamic and evocative groove.

  • Create subtle grooves out of a dynamically static drum loop
  • Learn different ways to analyze the intended feel
  • Use volume automation to completely change the feel
  • Utilize automated delays to add excitement to a groove
  • Use distortion to create contrast and tension in a loop
  • Duck reverb for retaining punch and enhancing a drum loop
  • Manipulate the feel using different types of compression
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Workshop 5 (Limited Time)

Drum Compression

Learn foundational techniques and advanced creative approaches for using compression to manipulate the shape, tone and dynamics of drums

  • Shape acoustic and electronic drums using compression techniques
  • Learn characteristics and applications of different compressor plugins
  • Manipulate the ambience and subtleties of drums with compression
  • Use compression to add transparent thickness and power to your drums
  • Manipulate transients for punch, sustain, softness and more
  • Use compression to exaggerate an aggressive, thick, gritty drum texture
  • Add excitement, energy and intensity to any type of drum mix
  • Learn what to listen for when fine-tuning your attack and release times
  • Control the perceived distance and impact of the drums in your mix
  • Creatively use gates, limiters, transient designers & more to shape sounds
  • Train your ears with a ton of A/B examples demonstrated in the course
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Workshop 6

Mixing Acoustic Drums

Learn tools and techniques for transforming flat, individual drums into a powerful, unified drum kit.

  • Master the technical and creative aspects of mixing acoustic drums
  • Walkthrough everything: kick, snare, overheads, hi-hat, ride and toms
  • Simplify your mixing decisions by following this one guiding principle
  • Learn two simple moves for getting that modern, pop/rock snare sound
  • Pick up three popular ways to effectively use overheads in a mix
  • Gain two EQ tactics for adding smack and weight to the kick drum
  • Get no non-sense solutions for issues like phase and mic bleed
  • Discover several possible approaches for each drum element
  • Learn a clever EQ technique for keeping your drum kit tight and focused
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Workshop 7

Multiband Compression

Matthew Weiss takes the mystery out of multiband compression and teaches you the what, why and how for effectively using this powerful mixing tool.

  • Learn the controls, concepts and techniques of multiband compression
  • Tips and tricks for getting better sounding vocals, drums, low end & more
  • How to get that smooth pop vocal sound with multiband processing
  • Manipulate attack, decay, sustain and release of any instrument in a mix
  • Separately process low end, sibilance, presence and body of a vocal
  • Avoid the common pitfalls of mixing with multiband compression
  • Isolate and bring out cymbals without affecting an overall drum mix
  • Two effective ways to attenuate troublesome frequencies in your mix
  • A special trick for transparently removing harsh vocal resonances
  • Get a stronger overall low end in your mix with multiband compression
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Workshop 8

Mixing 808s

Learn tips, tricks and techniques for getting great sounding 808s in a variety of contexts and genres. Includes a FREE Pure 808 sample pack (200+ sounds).

  • What is an 808? — Constructing and deconstructing the modern 808
  • How to add interest, excitement and personality to an 808
  • Tips for making 808s translate well on smaller speakers
  • How to use compression to manipulate the sustain of an 808
  • How to use a sub-harmonic generator to get a deeper 808 sound
  • How to use bit-crushing as a sound design effect with 808s
  • How to highlight the distortion/saturation of an 808 in a mix
  • A simple EQ trick to highlight the best overtones of an 808
  • How to navigate mixing low end synths with an 808
  • How to make a kick drum/808 combo as punchy as possible
  • A counterintuitive mixing trick to "add bass" by removing bass
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Mixing Background Vocals
Workshop 9 — NEW

Mixing Background Vocals

Matt reveals his best tips, tricks and techniques for mixing different types of background vocals. Learn to mix doubles, harmonies, ad-libs and more, sitting them perfectly in a mix without clutter or clashing.

  • Effective processing techniques for various types of background vocals
  • Tips and tricks for differentiating lead vocals from background vocals
  • Effective use of EQ, reverb, delay, de-essing, compression and more
  • Mix background vocals to reinforce and compliment your lead vocal
  • Prevent multiple vocal layers from tonally and dynamically clashing
  • Set perfect levels for lead vocals, doubles, harmonies and ad-libs
  • Use multiband compression to fine-tune your vocal sound
  • Manipulate the weight and tone of vocals while avoiding clutter
  • Bring out the essence of harmonies, both individually and as a whole
  • Use compression to manipulate the perceived depth of your vocals
  • Use notch filters to locate and destroy unnecessary tones
  • Manipulate the tone, clarity and texture of vocal stacks
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Overview

Frequently Asked Questions

How are workshops different than other courses?

Workshops dive deep into a single important mixing topic, teaching you how to deal with various situations and how to apply that to your own mixes. Workshop videos are between 30 minutes and 1.5 hours in length.

What DAW are you using to mix?

Matthew mixes in Pro Tools, but the techniques and processes you'll learn are completely independent of any one particular DAW, and will apply to Logic, Ableton, Cubase, Reaper, Fruity Loops, Studio One and other similar platforms.

Do I need to own specific plugins?

Nope! Matthew uses the plugins he prefers to teach with, but the concepts will apply to any similar signal processing. Matthew may demonstrate with the FabFilter Pro-Q 2 EQ or Pro-C compressor, but the same ideas will apply to any EQ or compressor, including stock plugins inside your DAW. Using high quality software can certainly improve your results, but the most important factor is learning to use what you already have as effectively as possible — and that's what we're all about.

Is my satisfaction guaranteed?

Yes, always! We're confident these videos will help you, but we want you to be absolutely satisfied. If within 30 days you’re unhappy for any reason, email us and we’ll give you a full refund — no questions asked.

About Matthew Weiss

Matthew Weiss is a Grammy nominated and Spellemann Award winning audio engineer from Philadelphia.

Matthew has mixed a lot of records, including songs for Akon, Space Cowboy (Lady Gaga, Nadia Oh!), !llmind, Dizzee Rascal, Arrested Development and more.

Matthew has also been a featured guest speaker at Cornell University, ProStudio Live, SXSW and more.

In addition to these courses, Matthew also writes articles for The Pro Audio Files and we encourage you to check those out. Of course, email us if you have any questions.

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