It’s one of the most enjoyable parts of recording music.
It can also be the most frustrating part.
Perhaps you’ve watched a bunch of tutorial videos and learned lots of great techniques, but they won’t do you any good if you’re not actively mixing songs and applying the things you’ve learned.
There’s a huge difference between head knowledge and working knowledge. And Dueling Mixes is here to bring you BOTH.
What the heck is Dueling Mixes?
Dueling Mixes is brought to you by Joe Gilder (HomeStudioCorner.com) and Graham Cochrane (TheRecordingRevolution.com), hosts of the Simply Recording Podcast and the Simply Recording Academy.
Dueling Mixes is a place to get that guided practice you’ve been looking for…from not one, but TWO teachers/mix engineers.
Here’s how it works…
Every month, Graham and Joe will compete against each other in mixing the same song (in their individual studios). We’ll be competing, comparing, and keeping score.
Here’s the cool part.
As a Dueling Mixes member, each month you’ll receive the multi-track audio files for that month’s song, along with a copy of both Joe’s and Graham’s finished mixes. You’ll then be able to mix the song in your home studio, on your system (at your own pace), and you’ll have both Joe’s and Graham’s mixes as references.
Multi-tracks plus finished mixes from two different experienced mix engineers. Pretty cool, right?
Now it gets cooler.
In addition to the multi-tracks and finished mixes, you’ll also get TWO tutorial videos each month, one from Graham and one from Joe. These videos will walk you through an overview of how each of us mixed the song. We’ll show you how we set up our sessions, what plugins and settings we used, what problems we encountered, and how we addressed those problems.
To wrap things up, towards the end of each month (after you’ve had a chance to watch the videos and work on YOUR mix) we’ll hop on a live webinar. Graham and Joe will spend some time discussing that month’s song (and also bashing each others’ mixes). Then we’ll answer your questions. Don’t like the way Joe handled the lead vocal? Let’s talk about it. Not sure how to get that kick drum sound Graham got? We’ll discuss it.
You don’t have to attend the live webinar to get your questions answered. Just submit them to us beforehand, and we’ll cover them on the webinar.
Afterwards, the mp3 of the webinar will be available for all members to download and listen.
Next month? Do it all over again.
When the calendar rolls over a new month, you’ll have access to a brand new song, and we’ll start the process over again.
Who is this for?
Every single person on the planet.
Okay, not really.
Dueling Mixes is for you if you a. love mixing and b. want to get better at mixing.
We designed Dueling Mixes to be the next step for people who have a good understanding of the basics (like EQ and compression) and are looking for a place to take those basics and apply them to real-world mixes (with real-world guidance).
If you’ve purchased some of Joe and Graham’s tutorials and have been looking for a way to practice what you’ve learned, you are the ideal candidate for Dueling Mixes.
Each month, you’ll receive guided practice, and you’ll be building your mix portfolio. Within a year, you’ll have an entire album’s worth of music in your portfolio. Not too shabby.
What Members Are Saying…
“I’m lovin’ every minute of it!”
Great idea guys! Exactly what I needed. Did a mix before listening to you guys work and I have to say, I’m lovin’ every minute of it! Fun, fun, fun! Keep up the great work! – Steve K.
I wish I could put into words how freakin’ much I’m learning each month. - Carl K.
“This is a fabulous product!”
Love this stuff! I have been a full time supporter of Joe and Graham since forever! These guys are legit and I love how they are about making everyone including artist/musicians better mix engineers and producers. This is a fabulous product and I already took out 3 months in advance for this, so I can not wait to see what else we get to mix. It’s great for training, making us better and being able to come back to our projects with fresh ears and better understanding. Thanks Joe and Graham I will and would follow you off a cliff!! - Brandon S.
So far, I’ve learned a lot, definitely worth the $$$. - David S.
“It’s not often I look forward to a bill coming due!”
Wanted to send you a quick note letting you know that I am really enjoying DuelingMixes. It is not often that I look forward to a bill coming due! However, I actually look forward to the beginning of the month because I know there will be another song to work on. - Phil Harmon
The Path to Great Mixes
In addition to all the monthly awesomeness of being a Dueling Mixes member, when you sign up, you’ll immediately receive our eBook The Path to Great Mixes – 10 Proven Steps Every Mixer Must Know.
This is a brand new, exclusive eBook, created just for Dueling Mixes members.
In this eBook, we show you the foundation, the process, the PATH we take every time we mix a song.
Mixing isn’t about randomly tweaking knobs for hours until it sounds right. There’s a process. There’s an order to it. And we cover this for you, step-by-step, in this eBook.
Designed to be a reference guide for your Dueling Mixes membership, The Path to Great Mixes is something you can refer back to time and time again to make sure you’re working through your own mixes in an effective way.
Covered in the book:
- Where to begin? (A simple method to get your mix off to the right start.) – page 5
- The secret to gain-staging (How to quickly prevent your mixes from getting out of hand and clipping later in the mix process) – page 5
- Mix focus (A simple step most people overlook, but it’s the key to getting laser-like focus and great results on any mix.) – page 6
- “Mixing Backwards” (2 reasons you should mix backwards, and why it could be the best thing you could do for your mix) page 9
- Setting your mix up for success (Why the first 15 minutes of the mix are so important) – page 10
- The Secret Weapon of Mixing (No, it’s not a plugin, but it’s the absolute key to your mixing success) – page 12
- The right way to use EQ (How to avoid sabotaging your hard work with EQ) – page 14
- A Case for Subtractive EQ (Why it rocks…and always will) – page 15
- The Many Uses of Compression (How to know when to use it…and on what tracks) – page 20
- Mixing Order (How to bring in each instrument without undoing everything you’ve already mixed) – page 22
- Big Picture Mixing (How to give your mix decisions the right context) – page 23
- The Foundation of a Good Mix (Hint: It’s not fancy…but it’s effective) – page 24
- Busses (How to best use busses in your mixes) – page 25
- The Right Way to Use Effects (How to let them accent your work, not cover it up) – page 26
- “Sweetening” (What the heck is it, and why does it matter?) – page 27
- That “Live” Feel (How to inject a live, energetic feel to your somewhat lifeless mix) – page 30
- The Final Steps (What do you need to know to finish the mix properly?) – page 32
All this as a free bonus when you sign up.
As a member of Dueling Mixes, you’ll receive a free copy of the eBook The Path to Great Mixes, plus each month you’ll get:
- Multi-Track Files to a Song
- Two Finished Mixes, one from Joe and one from Graham
- Two Custom Tutorial Mixing Videos
- One Live Q&A Webinar with Joe & Graham
And on the first of every month, you’ll get all-new material.
The sooner you join, the sooner you can start getting better.
There is material in the members area right now, waiting for you. If you wait a few months to join, that’s fine, but you will have missed out on a few months of material. You won’t have access to past material.
All the more reason to sign up today.
“Worth 15 times what you’re charging!”
I don’t usually do this, but I have to say this idea and these training courses are worth approximately 15 times the amount you’re charging for them!
Having two people mix the song and walk through the song like you guys do is just priceless. I’ve worked with many different audio engineers over the years, and I’ve always had a hard time figuring out what “advice” should be logged in a “rule” column and what advice should be logged in a “personal preference” column. As I’m sure you can confirm, a lot of engineers feel certain things are “absolutes” when they are really just personal preference!
Anyway, watching these videos have helped me tremendously! I’ve been able to see what areas I really need to work on, and which ones are really up to the preference of the mixer and artist! I look forward to many more months of videos. - Jerry N.
No Risk to You
You will be billed $27 to your credit card every 30 days. You may cancel at any time. (Once you cancel, you lose access to the members area.) Plus there’s a 30-day Guarantee. If you’re not 100% happy with your membership, you have 30 days to cancel for a full refund. Easy peasy.
See you in the members area!
Joe Gilder & Graham Cochrane
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I pay with Paypal? Nope. Your membership requires a credit/debit card. No exceptions, sorry.
Will you be keeping score? Abso-freaking-lutely. Each month, members will vote on whose mix they like best (Joe’s or Graham’s). We will be keeping score, and the winner will be bragging profusely.
Can I work at my own pace? Absolutely. Life gets busy. We know. If you’re too busy one month to knock out a mix, that’s cool. BUT, make sure you download the content before the next month rolls around, so you can access it when you have time.
Can I use these tracks for my portfolio? Yes! Each artist that we use on Dueling Mixes has signed off on letting us share the tracks freely. This means you can (and should) totally take YOUR mixes of each song and use them for portfolio building. You mixed them didn’t you?! Just think, in one year you will have 12 more mixes to showcase on your website!
Do I have to use Pro Tools? Nope. Graham will be mixing in Pro Tools. Joe will be mixing in Studio One. The multi-tracks will be provided as consolidated 24-bit WAV files, which can be imported into any DAW. We’ll teach the concepts to you, and those concepts can be applied to any system.
Are the videos downloadable? Absolutely. They’re yours to keep, forever. You can even play ‘em on your iPhone or iPad! (How fancy is that?)
If I can’t make it to the live webinar, will you shun me forever? Of course not. If you can’t make it to the live webinar each month, just submit any questions to us via email, and we’ll make sure to answer them…and we’ll do our best not to shun you.
Will you guys be critiquing our mixes? Unfortunately, no. Critiquing mixes takes up far too much time. We couldn’t commit to personally critiquing hundreds of mixes. That’s why we’re giving you BOTH of our mixes plus a video and a Q&A. You can compare your mixes to ours, and then watch the videos to see what we did differently from you. Also, you’re welcome to post your mixes as a comment in the members area for other members to listen to/critique. That’s totally fine.
If I wait to join in 6 months, will I get access to all the past content? Nope. You can only access the material for the months you’ve paid for. If you join 6 months from now, you won’t have access to all the cool songs we’re going to work on between now and then. (It’s kinda like a magazine subscription. You don’t get all the back issues when you sign up, only the current and future ones.)
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? Not sure.
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