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Fix It In The Mix

with Kurt Ballou

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  •   01 Intro and Overview

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Class duration: 4h 56m

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About The Class

techniques for fixing bad audio

The best way to get a great recording is to start with great source material, but that’s not always possible. Occasionally you are stuck with a less-than-perfect recording and the only thing you can do is to try and clean it up. 

Lucky for you, there are reliable techniques for restoring poorly recorded audio, and Kurt Ballou will teach you everything you need to know in Fix it in the Mix. 

While replacing drums with samples and reamping guitars are often effective ways to rebuild a sub-par recording, they are time-consuming and can diminish the uniqueness of the original recording. 

Fix it in the Mix will explore organic approaches to recovering and enhancing the natural tones from the original performances. Kurt will use recordings from real-world scenarios and walk you through, in detail, the audio restoration process. 

In Fix it in the Mix, Kurt will show you how to think outside of the box to come up with creative solutions to audio restoration problems every engineer has faced. 

Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Intro and Overview

    14:53
  2. 02

    General Techniques

    13:03
  3. 03

    Kick Drum Techniques

    31:02
  4. 04

    Kick Drum Questions

    18:11
  5. 05

    Tom Drum Techniques

    22:44
  6. 06

    Snare and Tom Q&A

    22:02
  7. 07

    Overhead Mic Techniques

    25:21
  8. 08

    Room Mic Techniques

    23:21
  9. 09

    Overhead and Room Mic Q&A

    04:01
  10. 10

    Bass Guitar Techniques

    19:50
  11. 11

    Guitar Techniques

    10:16
  12. 12

    Vocal Techniques

    11:52
  13. 13

    Master Bus Techniques

    07:47
  14. 14

    Drumatom Techniques

    08:14
  15. 15

    Snare Drum Techniques

    34:13
  16. 16

    Kick Drum Techniques II

    15:55
  17. 17

    Snare Drum Techniques II

    13:37

Meet Your Expert

Kurt Ballou

Kurt Ballou is the brains behind Boston, MA’s Godcity Studios. One of the most prolific producers in metal/hardcore/punk, he’s worked with a laundry list of bands including everyone from Champion and Have Heart to Kvelertak, Cave In and Nails. He ... read more

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  • virtuosi101

    virtuosi101

    December 2015

    An absolutely fantastic course for anyone who is new (or even experienced) on how to use very innovative techniques to help bring some life to an otherwise poorly recorded demo. Thank you Kurt!

  • exoslime

    exoslime

    June 2016

    another fantastic course in the creative live audio section, kurt kills it,!! thank you!

  • Ashton Thebault

    Ashton Thebault

    November 2017

    Definitely some handy tips in here that are useful for mixing live music, poorly recorded tracks and anything else that couldn't be rectified during recording. Kurt gave some tips I had never thought of and there were some valuable insights that came out from his discussions with people in the room. Very valuable if you deal with any sub-standard recordings and if you just want to get some tips.

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