Pro Tools 402 - Mixing Pop



Have you heard Sarah McLachlan's music? Then you've heard Chris Potter's skills—he's Sarah McLachlan's Engineer!

In this 4-hour tutorial by Sarah McLachlan's Lead Engineer Chris Potter, you'll learn how pop music is mixed to get that Big, Pro Sound. In this tutorials Chris reveals the secrets he uses to make Sarah's chart-topping hits sound as amazing as they do.

Chris starts with the basics such as arranging the tracks for a logical mixing progression, including creating Mix groups with Busses, Aux Inputs, and Effects Returns. Once your set up and ready to mix, Chris next walks you through the process of checking phase before getting into a detailed section on mixing drum kits to make them cut through the other elements of the song.

After tightening up the drums, Chris moves on to show you how to mix in the Bass, Acoustic Guitars, Electric Guitars, and also Keyboards. You'll learn deep secrets about mixing instruments that until now were only available to people who spent years apprenticing in a pro recording studio!

If your song has vocals, you will devour the next section of this tutorial as Chris walks you through the process of mixing Pop vocals. You'll learn about De-Essing a vocal, Compression, and adding the correct Effects to create a signature Pop sound. Next you'll move on to do a background vocal treatment that perfectly compliments the lead vocals in the song. For this information alone the tutorial is worth watching ...

The tutorial concludes with a detailed section on outputting your mix including bouncing techniques, alternative mixes, backing up your session, and even preparing the mix to hand it off to a mastering technician.

Table of contents:

01. Introduction
02. Arranging the Tracks
03. Rough Mix
04. Clean Up
05. Group Aux Inputs
06. Effects Returns
07. Master Fader
08. Drum Panning
09. Phase Check
10. Using Samples
11. The Kick
12. The Snare
13. Hats and Ride
14. Toms
15. Rooms and Ambience
16. Drum Reverb
17. Buss Compression
18. Bass Track Timing
19. Bass EQ and Compression
20. Bass Level Tracking
21. Acoustics
22. Acoustics Panning
23. Acoustics EQ and Compression
24. Acoustic Reverb
25. Electrics
26. Electrics EQ and Compression
27. Electrics Reverb and Effects
28. Keys Sorting and Balance
29. Keys EQ and Compression
30. Keys Reverb and Effects
31. Vocals Lead
32. Vocal De-ess
33. Vocal Automation
34. Vocal Effects Send Automation
35. Vocal Wrap Up
36. Background Vocals Sorting and Panning
37. Background Vocals EQ and Dynamics
38. Background Vocals Effects
39. Stereo Bus Compression
40. Output Levels
41. The Mix
42. Bounce to Disk
43. Printing to Session
44. Alt Mixes
45. Using External Processing
46. Preparing a Backup Session
47. Preparing the Mix for Someone Else
48. Preparing Files for Someone Else

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