THE  MIX PROCESS

We all face the same problems at the beginning… a flat, lifeless boring mix, with a flubby low end that doesn’t thump no matter how loud you turn it up, and a track that sounds amazing in the headphones but sucks in the club.

You don’t have to tolerate that. We can FIX IT.

Learn the mix tools & techniques to get that crisp, wide, LOUD professional sound.

 
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MIXDOWN PRODUCTS

These are individual Session Lessons™ where you can learn real audio engineering techniques for specific steps in the mix process.


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Sidechain Compression SL™

Learn how to get that tight, locked-in low-end mix to make your kick drum EXPLODE through the speakers.

 

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master channel sl™

For exporting your own mixes without completely crushing them to death. Get the secret weapon to make your tracks sound world-class.

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EQ8 presets pack

Drop them on your channels and hear your mix snap into focus. You get the right frequencies to EQ for beats, basslines, kicks, snares, synths, keys and even vocals. No more 12-hour snare drum EQ’ing.

 
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MIXING GUIDES

When it comes to mixing audio, everything is just problem-solving. You just need to know which tool to use for the job. This will help fill in the background info on audio engineering tools and concepts.

Here are some free guides that will help you learn what the tools are and when to use them. I learned this stuff by working in audio repair shops, studying in music school, and working in studios.

You can learn it from the mxt online learning platform, where I put it all in one place, easy to find. The buttons will take you in where you can get them ALL in one place (not scattered across twenty emails). Have fun and ask me when you have a question. -Steve Knots.


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8 Great Mix Tools

A list of the most essential Ableton plugins to use in your mixdown — with Pro Tips on why we need them.

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10-Step Mixdown Process

This will give you an idea of what to do first and what NOT to do first, so you can get through the mixing process without wasting a ton of time.


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Equalization Spreadsheet

This gives you a starting place for the frequencies to cut and boost on different instruments. You’ll get the hang of it as you build up the connection between a frequency in Hertz and the feeling of the sound. It’s a great stepping-stone.

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Frequency & Pitch Chart

This one helps you with harmonic EQ’ing, which means dialling in your EQ’s to match the key signature of your music. Excellent for basslines.

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VU Meters

A quick explanation of how the Ableton VU meters measure loudness, compared to analog VU meters. Keep your mixes clean.


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The Frequency Landscape

Learn your way around the range of human hearing, with words that make sense for the way people talk about music.

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Frequency Landscape II

Learn the words you need to know about EQ, human hearing and the space we work with in audio engineering.

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The Secrets of Spectrum

How Spectrum Analyzer works and why you should use it (HINT: to become an EQ ninja).


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Filter Pairs

This helped me understand it a lot. Use the right Filter for each part of the frequency range, and you’re all set.

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EQ & Filter Types

Learn what the basic types of EQ's and Filters are, what they do, and where to use them in your mix.

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The Essentials of EQ and Filter

In-depth article about problem-solving with our EQ and Filter mix tools. This will help both your mixdown and your sound design skills.