Mixing Master Class

 

Lesson Info

Course Overview

Hey, everybody. Welcome to CreativeLive. My name's Drew Konzelman, and I'm a host here at CreativeLive. And I'm excited you're joining us for Mixing Master Class with Joey Sturgis. We have Joey Sturgis back. How ya doing man? I'm doing good. How you doing? Good, I'm excited that you're here again. This is Mixing Master Class. So, online tutorials, everybody's seen them, and they teach you a pretty specific way to approach mixing. But there's actually a few different ways to approach mixing. Absolutely. Tell us about some of the different ways that you approach it. Well, I think there's a lot of different tutorial material out there. It's kind of hard to find a specific direction. And I think I've narrowed it down to three. So, you have your replacement mixing which is what a lot of people are doing right now. You know, recording direct input guitars, recording MIDI points for the drums, all those kinds of things. and then completely creating the sound of the song from scratch...

. Then you have your production mixing which is using the original production, trying to keep the artist's vision intact. Not replacing anything, not adding anything of your own. And then you have creative mixing where you do a little bit of production mixing but then you add layers in to make the song sound better than it was when you go it. And then on top of that, I wanna to talk about the fundamentals of mixing. Which I think there's a lot of tools and things out there that people are using, and they're not totally sure what they're doing. They don't really know how it works. And so, I wanna increase the understanding and have a better grasp on how to use the tools and get things done that you need to do when you're mixing. Awesome, sounds good. So, we got a lot of stuff to cover. I wanna let you guys know that I'm excited about this. We have our in-house CreativeLive audio technician here. His name's Jamie. We work together all the time on stuff, and he's gonna be hanging out with you guys in the chat rooms and moderating those and in the studio here. Do you wanna tell people what they can expect in the chat rooms? Well, I'm sure you're gonna have a lot of questions for Joey, as usual. So, I'll be here in the studio with him to answer, or not answer but field all of your questions for Joey to answer for you. So, we're looking forward to it. Yeah, we are. A lot of great stuff to cover. Thank you guys so much for joining us for Mixing Master Class with Joey Sturgis. Stay tuned.


Joey Sturgis is the producer behind some of the biggest names in metalcore, including Asking Alexandria, Of Mice & Men, and I See Stars. His sound is one of the most sought after sounds of the last decade and in this class he’ll show you the unique mixing techniques that are key to getting it.

This class picks up where Joey’s Studio Pass class left off: you’ve got your session tracked and edited, now how do you turn it into a polished, world-class mix? 

He’ll show you how to get his signature sound, including: 
  • EQ and compression strategies for drums, guitar, bass, vocals, and synths/effects 
  • How to use automation to fix problem areas and bring out the song’s dynamics 
  • Tons of little tips and tricks to take your mix from good to great 
If you want to elevate the quality of your mix, don’t miss Mixing Master Class with Joey Sturgis.

 
 
 
 

Reviews

  • I don't work exclusively in the same genre as Joey but I always make sure to clear my schedule when he's on CreativeLive. This class definitely didn't disappoint and it was awesome getting to see Joey work on a track from start to finish and what his approaches and thought processes are. And not only that, but I appreciate that he briefly touches on client communication in regards to production, mixing, etc, and the business side to the mixing process as this is an area I'm just now dipping my toes in. Even though I often find myself on the rock, indie or post-rock side of things, a lot of these ideas can apply to anything you're working on and I definitely picked up some ideas to try and work on myself. Joey gives you enough to inspire you and make that light bulb click and does it with an admirable humility that I respect. He gives you more than enough on how and why he does what he does, but I never feel like he reveals all his secrets or magic; I honestly prefer it that way as it leaves a fun challenge of taking the ideas you've learned and figuring out how, when and where you're going to use them in your own mixes. Especially if you're not doing predominantly metal, like I am. The ideas are inspiring. This class isn't about those perfect settings to that phenomenal mix or tone; it's about why you do this and how you do that. It's cool to be able to watch his process and pick his brain, start to finish and all in the box. Joey definitely doesn't need to do these classes for us, but the more I see him getting active on social media the more I get this vibe that he genuinely wants to help make the creative and mixing processes easier and help us expand our knowledge and skills. I get that it's smart business, but I respect and appreciate the hell out of him for taking time to do these classes and answer our questions... Even if there are shameless plugs here and there. I love when these great engineers take time to show us you don't need school, you don't need thousands of dollars of outboard gear, etc. It's your ear, not your gear. We live in an amazing day and age with the Internet and awesome resources like CreativeLive. I love it and these are great classes to watch and get in their heads. It set gets the hamster wheel in my head spinning and I always keep CreativeLive classes on my calendar. They're motivating and inspiring. Looking forward to the next one!
  • I’ll start off by saying this a amazing class not just for those looking for or interested in “The Sturg” production, but for anyone interested in mixing or mastering. You get everything from the must have fundamentals and basics of mixing and production, to the more advance technical aspects, and of course Joey’s personal approach and method to mixing. Everything from EQ, to compressors, multiband compressors, automation and chain signals. If you ever wondered whether you should place delay in front of your reverb, or reverb in front of delay, or other common chain effects, chances are they get answered in this class. The class is organized in several lessons following a logical order, each covering different topics. All the techniques are shown with examples and Joey does a great job of making it easy to understand and follow as well as explain the reasoning behind the techniques. And it’s not just mixing or production that is covered, but the importance of good songwriting, good communication with artists and good workflow. I highly recommend this for anyone looking to take their mixing or production to the next level. Regardless of skillset, if you’re a noob, intermediate or advanced mixer or producer, you’ll find very helpful and informative lessons, regardless of what style or genre you do.
  • I own both of Joey`s courses. While both are full of useful information to get you started in the audio production world with lots of good technical explanation and awesome concepts for a fast and individual workflow, Joey actually comes up with average or "mediocre" mixes and tones. If you want some really detailed information about how Joey works, this class is for you. If you want to know what plugins Joey likes to use and wanna see him promote his own plugins, this class is for you! If you expect to learn how to create or come up with outstanding guitar and bass tones (which Joey is famous for) you won`t learn much and won`t hear anything in this particular regard, unfortunately. However, I`d still recomment them, especially the first course he did but again, if you expect to hear a typical Joey Sturgis mix quality, you won`t find what you`re looking for.