Be First on Avid Pro Tools | First [FREE]

Be First on Avid Pro Tools | First [FREE]

Now Available For Download! Want to make great sounding music? Start off right using many of the same tools the pros use absolutely free. Pro Tools | First is a completely free version of the industry-standard audio production powerhouse. Pro Tools | First is simple enough for beginners, yet sophisticated for experienced musicians, enabling you to quickly compose, record, edit, and mix music. Play And Practice Your Heart Out New to making music? Pro Tools | First is a great place to hang out, play, and practice your favorite instrument or improve your vocal abilities. Just connect your mic, keyboard, guitar, or other instrument to your computer—either directly or using a USB audio interface or cable adapter. Choose from a selection of session templates, which provide preloaded instrument tracks, and start creating a song in a variety of music genres, including EDM, rock, pop, jazz, and hip-hop. Record Yourself With Ease Whether you sing, play an instrument, or simply want to make some noise, Pro Tools | First makes it easy to quickly turn the ideas in your head into fully realized songs. Record up to 16 audio tracks, either one at a time through your computer’s audio input, or up to four inputs simultaneously using a USB audio interface, making it easy to capture your vocal and guitar, multiple vocalists, or quick-n-dirty band jam session. Use loop recording to capture multiple takes of a performance, so you can nail that perfect guitar solo or let your spontaneity rule. Compose Your Own Music No instrument? No problem. Create musical parts with virtual instruments (VIs), plug-in software that generates instrument...
Free Speed Mixing Webinar with Mix Engineer Joe Gilder

Free Speed Mixing Webinar with Mix Engineer Joe Gilder

Free training is the best priced training, right?! And the best training is free training from Joe Gilder. The 80/20 rule. Ever heard of that? The Pareto Principle… I bet Joe Gilder has. This is just one of the many “Speed Mixing” topics that you should know about that Joe is going to explain while actually mixing a song “live”. Joe will show you: Why mixing fast is an important skill you absolutely need to master How mixing fast can make you a better mixer (and potentially make you more money) How to set up your mix to keep you moving quickly (I’ll actually set up a mix in my DAW live on the webinar) A simple mind-set shift that will shave tons of time (maybe even hours?) off how long you spend on a mix  That’s right, Joe Gilder will be doing a brand spanking new, and absolutely free, live mixing webinar on Wednesday night (the 12th) at 9pm Eastern time. Plus, you just might want to stay put, the whole way through the “Speed Mixing” webinar, and that is all I can tell you about that……. “Speed Mixing” is the working title, and he has some amazing information that he is going to pass on. He wants to help us all out with a few things. Things like how make better decisions, right at the start of a mix. Decisions that will help a mix come together quicker, and potentially help us earn more more money. He promises to detail all the techniques that he uses to mix quickly (in an hour) and still get good results....
Free Mixing Course – Learn To Mix A Pop Rock Song Like A Pro with Engineer Ian Sutton

Free Mixing Course – Learn To Mix A Pop Rock Song Like A Pro with Engineer Ian Sutton

Take this class and learn what goes into creating a pro sounding pop rock mix. Whether you’re looking to improve your personal music projects – sound better and get noticed more – or expand your clientele base – build your brand and make more money – this is an excellent walk through for intermediate to advanced engineers and/or producers using any type of DAW. We’ve been recording and mixing music professionally for over 2 decades, learn from the pro’s and watch as we dig into a professional pop rock mix! CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR FREE About this course:In this class we’ll show you some of the best mixing techniques used to get professional sounding pop rock mixes. We highly encourage student interaction, so If at any point you have questions or would like to start a discussion, don’t hesitate! Whats covered in this class?Drums, Percussion, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, and Vocals. Effects used such as EQ, Compression, Reverb, Delay and Automation will be analyzed in detail. Throughout the mix Ian will also be introducing a number of production techniques to help add punch, color and excitement to your mixes, including Reinforcing your Drum Tracks with Samples, Splitting the Bass, adding Guitar Amp Plug-Ins to Enhance your Guitar Tone, Side-Chain Processing, Creative Bussing, Group Processing, the addition of Vocal Harmonies, Background Vocals and more. Section by section you’ll see and hear this song come to life – matching some of the best pop rock sounds out there. Who’s this class for?We’re catering this class to the Home Studio Engineer and Laptop Producer. This class is designed...
FREE! 2 Days of Audio Engineering Master Classes w/Graham Cochrane – Compression, Dynamics, EQ

FREE! 2 Days of Audio Engineering Master Classes w/Graham Cochrane – Compression, Dynamics, EQ

Learn what it takes to get a great mix. Monday Oct 27 & Tuesday Oct 28 from 12:00pm – 7:00pm EST Every mix you’ll ever produce involves equalization and compression – Graham Cochrane will make sure you aren’t just turning knobs when you work through these essential steps. In this series, Graham will make the abstract concepts of EQ and compression digestible and easy to understand. You’ll develop a foundational understanding of exactly how EQ and compression changes a mix and how you can use these tools to improve yours. You’ll learn to identify when you should apply compression or use EQ and when you should lay off. EQ and compression are two audio recording concepts that can be difficult to get on a scientific level, but they are also some of the most important steps on the path to a polished sound. Check out Graham’s Compression and EQ master classes and learn how to get a great mix. Use Compression and Dynamics to the fullest potential In the Compression & Dynamics Master Class with Graham Cochrane you’ll learn basic compression concepts and how to apply them. Graham will teach you all about threshold, attack, release, ratio, makeup gain, peak, and RMS and how to control them in your mix. You’ll also learn how to use compression to control levels or use it as an effect. You already know that compression matters to your mix, learn how to manage it with precision. The When, Why and How of EQ Learn the the fundamentals of equalization: when to use it, why, and exactly how it works. In this master class...
MixCoach 30 Day Trial Membership for $1 [EXPIRED]

MixCoach 30 Day Trial Membership for $1 [EXPIRED]

HERE’S WHAT YOU GET WITH MEMBERSHIP 1 – Monthly Downloadable Tracks to Mix We mix a different style each month! Gain confidence in learning all of the subtle nuances of mixing different styles of music. At least one tutorials or walk through every month too 2 – Access to our active and growing community Get to know the best and most helpful mixers anywhere Submit your mixes on the forum for feedback from our members 3 – Access to Video feedback Every Month, we create hours of helpful mix feedback for our members Although submitting a mix to the forum is free, you CAN pay a small fee and sumit your mix to some of the coaches for video feedback. Whether you submit YOUR mix or not, there are great nuggets from our coaches as they analyze mixes for members… you have access to that as part of the membership 4 –  Other Reasons to take this offer Just in case you need more… It’s a Dollar! You get all the benefits of being a member The price of MCM is going up next month to $39.. you will only pay $27 per month after your trial membership. You’ll get “members only” pricing for any previous courses If you download, mix, talk to the guys on the forum (who are GREAT MIXERS) upload your mixes for your peers to hear, take their advice and participate in this membership, you will most likely HAVE MORE CONFIDENCE in your mixing. That’s the way it works! It’s a dollar! You can cancel within the first 30 days and you will have STILL...
Whole Lotta Love Mystery Solved via Tales from the Trenches

Whole Lotta Love Mystery Solved via Tales from the Trenches

Eddie Kramer: The first time I heard “Whole Lotta Love” was in August ’69, when Jimmy and I started working on the album’s final mix at New York’s A&R Sound. Jimmy and I had first met in 1964, when he was playing on the Kinks’ first album [“Kinks”] at Pye Studios and I was the assistant engineer. I also had heard Led Zeppelin early on in ’68, when John Paul Jones had played me an acetate of Led Zeppelin’s first album, before it was released. I was blown away—it sounded so hard and heavy. In New York, the recording console at A&R was fairly primitive. It had only 12 channels with old-fashioned rotary dials to control track levels instead of sliding faders and there were just two pan pots [control knobs] to send the sound from left to right channels. But as Jimmy and I listened to the mix, something unexpected came up. At the point where the song breaks and Robert slowly wails, “Way down inside…wo-man…you need…love,” Jimmy and I heard this faint voice singing the lyric before Robert did on the master vocal track. Apparently Robert had done two different vocals, recording them on two different tracks. Even when I turned the volume down all the way on the track we didn’t want, his powerful voice was bleeding through the console and onto the master. Some people today still think the faint voice was a pre-echo that we added on purpose for effect. It wasn’t—it was an accident. Once Jimmy and I realized we had to live with it on the master, I looked at Jimmy, he...
The Mixing Process – Infographic

The Mixing Process – Infographic

Here’s a great Infographic created by one of MPGInsider’s students, Brian Tafero. This simple guide gives you the step-by-step process for creating a mix and the essential purpose of each step in the larger picture of the mixing process. About MPGInsider’s founder, Michael White My name is Michael White and I am the creator of the MPG Insider Membership website. From the time I started formally teaching music production in 2001, I came to realize just how much I always enjoyed helping others understand the art of music production and audio engineering. As each year passed, I found myself increasingly committed to teaching and inspire music producers and engineers to pursue their dreams. It is truly a privilege when one has the opportunity to make use of their experience to help others. It is with this spirit that I have created the MPG Insider Membership website. The intention of making public this list of credentials, is to help give the reader a sense of the experiences and perspective from which I teach. As a professional, I have always shied away from the spotlight, letting that go where it is rightly deserved, to the artists, producers and musicians whose efforts I have been fortunate enough to capture for others to enjoy. Still, when I look back at all of the artists, producers, musicians and amazing experiences I have had, I have to feel incredibly grateful and blessed for what I have accomplished. I hope that the following information helps lend a perspective to the content of this website. I believe that there are certain truths in the art of recording...
10 Tips for Getting a Great Studio Mix

10 Tips for Getting a Great Studio Mix

BMI has a nice top 10 list for getting a great studio mix. What we really like about the angle they take with it is that it’s a good mix (no pun intended) of both technical and psychological considerations. Here is the bullet list leaving a bit to the imagination. Get the full article at the link below.   Capturing a great performance in multitrack is half the battle when making demos. However, in some respects the most important part of any recording project is blending the various elements together into one well-balanced final mix. Mixing is kind of like cooking – you might have all the right ingredients on hand, but it’s how you put them together that determines whether or not you’ll have a dish worth serving. The following are a few time-honored, studio-tested mixing tips designed to help you pull a tasty product out of your own home-studio oven. Bottom line: when it comes to mixing, use your instincts and trust your ears. As Duke Ellington once said, if it sounds good, it is good! Keep it simple Keep it down Watch the gloss All together now Give it a rest Listen from a distance Combine tracks Get the red out Refresh with compression Slam to tape Here’s the full list at...
Choosing The Right Studio Monitors

Choosing The Right Studio Monitors

Electronic Musician has a great article on properly choosing the correct studio monitors. This is one of the most critical elements to getting outstanding and proper mixes from your control room  whether you run a small or large studio or a bedroom/basement production facility. They open with this question, which nails it: WHAT is the only component in your studio through which every recorded and mixed sound will pass? Your monitors. The quality and performance of your studio monitors are crucial to your productions, yet it’s amazing how many people will postpone purchasing good monitors while they go ahead and spend money on plug-ins, microphones, or outboard gear. The cold, hard truth is that if you really want to hear what’s going on in your recordings and mixes, you need to choose the right monitors. The first step in picking the right loudspeakers is identifying the application and environment in which you’ll be using them. Bedroom studios don’t call for huge, “mains”-type monitors, and such speakers may actually be counterproductive in small rooms by (a) taking up too much space, (b) overpowering the room and exciting room resonances, and (c) pissing off your neighbors or spouse. A singer-songwriter who is recording acoustic music can prioritize sonic accuracy over high SPL and butt-thumping bottom. On the other hand, if you’re working with clients who like to listen loud and who produce music with a lot of bass, small monitors won’t cut it. Laws of physics still apply: The only way to move a lot of air is with a large driver. Understanding the Specs – When researching monitors, you’ll encounter...