How do you make in ear monitor mixes actually sound good? Let’s break down the basics!
So you want to practice mixing? But...how?
If you're anything like me, most of the time you spend behind the mixing board at your church is during rehearsal or service. It's great, and you can learn a lot during those times, but let's face it: the best time to experiment with some new bass EQ settings, chase down the perfect reverb for your drum mix, or try out that T-Pain AutoTune effect on your worship leader probably isn't while the band is trying to rehearse songs.
So when and how can work on becoming better at the craft of mixing?
It's a catch 22 for sure. You want to get better and experiment with new techniques, but the only time you've got the full band there to work with is when you've already got a TON on your plate just trying to get ready for service.
What if I told you there was a better way?
Over the past few months, we've been working on building a library of "Practice Multitracks" that you can use to practice mixing!
What's a Practice Multitrack? Basically, we spent a ton of time at my home church creating a collection of multitrack recordings (meaning that all the different instruments/microphones were recorded individually) live during our Sunday morning services. They're modern worship songs that your church probably already plays like "This Is Amazing Grace" by Phil Wickham, and "Lion And The Lamb" by Leeland and more!
You'll have access to each individual microphone and input that we used live on the stage that day. Individual drum mics, guitars, keyboards, bass, lead and background vocals...everything is there, just like a live band.
So what do you do with all these? It's a simple process called a Virtual Soundcheck.
You may have heard of this before, but nearly every digital mixing console has a way to plug a computer in and play back tracks from the computer through the mixing board.
That way, you can have all the individual channels show up on your mixer and then spend all the time you want experimenting with new settings. You wanted to try a new kick drum EQ? Sweet. You've got all the time you need to dial it in. Want to learn about how attack and release times on your compressor affect the sound of your vocal? Now you can learn about it with a real vocalist, singing a real song, for as long as you need him or her to. Want to practice mixing a song completely from scratch? You got it! We've included every track for you to mix these songs. There's no EQ or Compression or Effects recorded. Just great sounding raw tracks for you to learn from and experiment with.
So how do you get these tracks?
Well, if you're already a member of our Sound Guy Essentials course (like thousands of you are) the tracks are already waiting for you in your account! So just log in and grab them and start learning! It's a completely free bonus to add to your learning experience.
If you're not a member yet, well today is your lucky day! You can head over to www.soundguyessentials.com and get in to the course right now and have instant access to all the multitracks, PLUS the 5+ hours of video lessons, Ebook guide downloads, interactive quizzes, and more! There seriously hasn't been a better time than now to take control of your mixes and learn how to get the mix results you've always dreamed of. We want you to be the sound guy that your church deserves, and these are the tools to help you get there!
We recently did a "soft launch" of these tracks to one of our private Facebook groups, and the feedback was AMAZING! Check this out:
That's the kind of stuff that completely blows us away! It's so inspiring to see people learning and following their passion and having a great time doing it!
Now, you might be saying "Hey wait...this sounds complicated".
Well, it's not! ;)
On the download page in your account, we've provided links to all the resources you'll need including FREE software to run the tracks on your computer. From there, it's basically as simple as plugging in a USB cord from your computer to the mixing console.
"Ok ok...but..I can just make/record multitracks myself right??"
Yeah, you absolutely can. And we hope that you do! It's a great way to get experience. Here's the difference with what you'll get in this pack: first, world-class musicians and performances. The players on these performances are the best of the best. The drum performances are played by a guy who just wrapped up playing at the 2018 Passion conference, and one of the vocalists was just featured on the new God's Not Dead soundtrack...how often do you get to mix with performances from players like that? Second, these are EXPERTLY recorded. We spent weeks tweaking our live setup and working with various engineers to capture the best possible tones. They're so enjoyable to listen to and mix with. It's rare to find tracks that were recorded in a live setting that sound like these ones do.
Our favorite part is that we've done all the work for you. All you have to do is fire up your computer, plug it in, and start learning!
Here's an email we just got from Erik in Florida:
If you want to start learning like Erik and Mitchell, you can head over to www.SoundGuyEssentials.com to get started on your journey to great sound today!
-Johnny & Matt @ Worship Sound Guy
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Do you ever feel like you're playing catch up on Sunday mornings? That from the time you walk in the door to the time the service ends you were doing nothing but tracing down one problem after another and didn’t even get a chance to make things sound good? What if I told you there was a way to change this?
Alright sound guys (and girls), let's get really honest for a sec: do you ever feel like you're just not getting better at mixing anymore? Maybe you felt like you were progressing and getting better each week at some point in the past...but now, does it just feel like you've hit a road block in your journey to progress as a sound engineer?
You’ve probably heard about the idea of getting your mix to “glue” together. It’s usually talked about like it’s some mythical, magical process that only the top engineers know about, and maybe for a time that was true…but not anymore! Most modern digital consoles can achieve the kind of “glue” that we’ll be talking about today just by using their onboard dynamics processing. Additionally, companies like