Written by Library Helpers Library Helpers
Category: RPM Blogs RPM Blogs
Published: 09 February 2018 09 February 2018
It just occurred to me that instead of giving out unsolicited advice, you might fare better hearing things from the people that I learned from. Here's the resources I've recommended the most to other digital musicians.
1. Micheal White Fundamentals of Mixing Course
This is a daunting amount of info. Literally a college semester's worth of mixing classes for free on Youtube from a pro that mixed some of Whitney Houston's best albums. He's awesome and this has been my #1 mixing resource by far. The automation section by itself is very useful & the philosophical discussions at the beginning of the course are great as well.
2. The Art Of Mixing
This is a whacky instructional video from the 80s on mixing. Really good way to conceptualize what each tool does in the mix. It equates sound into space in a way that helped me understand the basic tools (pan, volume, eq, compression.) This video is a short framework & it's a more striped back explanation of the concepts in the first playlist.
3. Intro to Synthesis Pt 1 - 3
Another whacky 80s instructional vid. The most straightforward and universally applicable sound design course I've found. It might not give you the specific technique to make the synth you have in your head, but it will teach you how to recreate any synth sound so that making that specific sound yourself becomes easier. Great vids & will help you work any synth or virtual instrument you might be using more effectively.
4. Building Blocks of Music Theory
This is the most recent addition to my list. I've been posting this everywhere because it helped me learn a lot of theory concepts very quickly. I was definitely one of those guys that put off learning theory for far too long. It really does help as much as everyone tells you it will. And this series is great because it will teach you the basics within ~45 minutes of instruction, a crazy feat by any teacher.
5. Why do your recordings sound like ass?
This one is a little different because it's a collection of forum posts. This guy called yep is dropping pearly knowledge gems in this old message board. This one took me the longest to get through, but it gave me a bunch of ideas that changed the way I thought about recording & mixing. One example is his breakdown of "Son of a Preacher Man" in the later pages, where he points out that the vocal reverb was panned right. I've been bringing panned reverb into my mixes since then. It's good stuff. Reading through the forum is a little inconvenient, but I'd say it's worth the effort.
Youtube is such an excellent way of learning. Super grateful that was available so I could learn these things myself. These resources didn't give me fish, they taught me how to fish. And for that I'm super grateful.
Hope these help you as well. Let me know if you have any resources you' consider as useful as these. I might add more on in another blog if I find something between now and the end of the challenge. Until next time.