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How to Mix a Song from Start to Finish | iZotope Music Production Suite 2.1

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Published on 06 Jan 2020 / In Education & Tutorials

Mixing an entire track can seem scary, but it doesn’t have to be. In this video, we break down the most important steps in mixing a track. Learn how to import and organize your tracks and get them to a good level balance. Then dive into best practices for mixing each core part of a typical mix: your drums, bass, guitars, synths and vocals, all before polishing the final mix into a rough master.

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Table of Contents:

1:05 - Importing tracks and understanding level balance
3:25 - Introduction to the Visual Mixer
4:30 - Choosing your Focuses for Balance
6:10 - Reclassifying instruments and using the group sliders in Balance
7:30 - Bypassing Mix Assistant’s default result and tweaking the group sliders
10:55 - Organizing the tracks in your session
12:00 - *Mixing Drums*
13:00 - Using Track Enhance to jumpstart kick drum mixing
16:00- Molding a kick drum with Sculptor
18:30 - Using the Masking Meter to remove muddiness between percussive elements
23:58 - Adding reverb to rimshots
25:38 - Mixing a snare drum with Sculptor
27:40 - Taming hi-hats and mixing bells
31:45 - *Mixing Bass*
33:43 - Using Track Enhance to jumpstart bass synth mixing
36:53 - Using dynamic sidechaining to unmask the bass synth from the kick drum
40:54 - *Mixing Guitars*
41:45 - Using Sculptor’s Targets to fit guitars into the mix
44:50 - *Mixing Synths*
45:00 - Tackling resonance and broadband issues in analog synths with Neutron 3
49:42 - *Mixing Vocals*
50:26 - Using Nectar to mix a lead rap vocal
53:02 - Using Auto Level Mode in Nectar to automatically gain-ride a vocal
55:56 - Quickly processing ad libs with presets in Nectar 3
59:19 - Mixing and panning chorus and verse vocal doubles with Nectar 3 and Visual Mixer
1:07:58 - Drum bus processing with Sculptor
1:11:21 - *Mastering the track*
1:12:09 - Using Master Assistant to jumpstart the mastering process
1:17:33 - Using Tonal Balance Control to ensure track translatability
1:20:00 - Addressing tonal imbalances using Ozone and Tonal Balance Control

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