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Mixing Essentials


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$499 each or $2,499 for all

Course 4: Mixing Essentials

The mix can make or break a song and when it is done right no one even notices. This module is about listening and knowing what you want things to sound like. It is also about knowing how to listen and what to listen for. Within the construct of learning how to listen, many of the production and recording tools are reimagined for the role of the mixer. Advanced vocal processing tools are also introduced.

Key concepts covered:

  • What is Mixing?
  • Critical Listening: Mix Deconstruction
  • Levels
  • Stereo Imaging
  • EQ and mixing
  • Compression and mixing
  • Hardware and plugins
  • Bussing
  • Reverb & Delay
  • Intro to vocal production
  • Autotune
  • Melodyne
  • Vocals: Automation
  • Metering and Mastering


Meet the Instructors

Todd Cooper - Tracking & Mixing Engineer

In the past 15 years, Todd Cooper (tracking/mixing engineer) has worked on thousands of songs with artists from all walks of life. A graduate from Expression College for Digital Arts in 2005, he operated Street Symphony Studios in Fremont, CA until he made the move to LA in 2015. Some of his credits include: Travis Scott, Shawn Mendes, Gucci Mane, Pop Smoke, Pitbull, Will Smith, Kiana Léde, Jay Sean, Larry June, Duckwrth, Tinashe, Luke James, Yellow Claw, Snoop Dogg, E-40 and the list keeps going. In 2018 he had the opportunity of meeting James Fauntleroy and they have continued working together. In 2020 he contributed to Jacob Collier's Djesse Vol. 3 which received a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year. Hard work, dedication and respect for the craft have taken him to places he never thought imaginable and is grateful for what the future holds.

Young Guru - Audio Engineer

An American audio engineer, record producer, disc jockey, and record executive from Wilmington, Delaware. In 2019, Young Guru won a Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album for mixing the album Everything Is Love by The Carters. He has worked with many leading recording artists, most notably Jay-Z, and an April 2015 Wall Street Journal profile called him "the most famous and successful engineer in the history of hip-hop"