Refine Your Production Skills with Ken Lewis’ Online Audio School
How would your music sound if a producer with credits on over 60 gold, platinum and #1 hit singles mentored you in the arts of music production? Well, Ken Lewis is just that man. Spanning the vast expanse of topics in the music production/engineering/mixing landscape, Ken's courses combine necessary textbook knowledge with bits of priceless advise from 20 years of mixing hit records.
Anyone who passes on such a privileged opportunity is robbing themselves of the competitive edge that everyone knows is instrumental in achieving even a marginal level of success. No matter the musical genre or your particular qualm, Ken's been there and has a variety of solutions and techniques for you to employ. Make your selection from Ken's massive library of tutorials at his website AudioSchoolOnline.com.
For now, here are 3 tangible takeaways that you can begin implementing in your mixes immediately:
1. Be mindful of the language used to describe certain characteristics of the sound....
Making a track warmer, rounder or fatter means boosting the low end. Making a track more crisp and bright, turn up the high frequencies. If there's a lack of high frequencies, the track can be called "dull" or "lifeless". Similarly, if there are too many high frequencies the track can be referred to as "too harsh" or "sizzle."
2. To accentuate a transitional drum fill and provide stark contrast, apply a distorted amp simulator to the overall drum track and watch your listener's pupils dilate.
3. Begin mixing with your faders low to conserve headroom, compensate by raising the volume of your monitors. Your Mix will still sound loud to you and hit the way you want it to hit whilst leaving you with plenty of room to work.