Mixing Pop in Pro Tools

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


  • Tutorial by Chris Potter
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