Guido Werner - Masterclass: Mixing & Mastering A Melodic Techno Track From Start To Finish

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Guido Werner - Masterclass: Mixing & Mastering A Melodic Techno Track From Start To Finish

Guido Werner - Masterclass: Mixing & Mastering A Melodic Techno Track From Start To Finish

Groove Course
Learn how to build interesting grooves with varying velocity patterns, adding swing and shaping your samples with ADSR

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Mixing A Techno Track From To Finish Using Ableton Live 9 and State-of-the-Art Plugins

Watch Example:

We asked our friend and professional Mixing Engineer Guido Werner to take our template “Analog Moods” (which was produced using only Ableton stock effects and the Arturia Mini synth) and perform a professional mixing and mastering on it.

We granted him the freedom to use all his favorite Vst Plugins for this purpose.

We only had one condition: Record, explain and comment on everything you do while working on this project - and that’s exactly what he did.

Now you have the chance to join in and look over his shoulder - this class is fire!
What you will learn from this course:

This course is set up so that you learn how to mix your own production from A to Z. The project has one goal and that is to make an in the box mix using an analogue approach to glue together with minimal effort. This minimalistic approach is taught by Guido Werner from Catandbeats and MixMasterYou. He will teach you all about different types of compressors, when to use which, how to listen, how to setup a file that practically mixes itself, reverbs, delays and the mastering process. If you ever wanted to sit next to an engineer while he does his thing this is it.

Software / Plugins used:

Ableton Live 9.7.3 Suite
Arturia MINI V3
Max for Live
Waves: SSL Comp
Kramer Tape
Scheps 73
Aphex Vintage Exciter
U-He: Satin
Xfer Records: LFO Tool
Facebook 360: Spatialiser
Izotope Ozone 7 Advanced
Lounge Lizard
What song is used in the course?

Using this track as a source:

This is the end result:

What people say:

You’re learning to:

Avoid common mixing errors and psycho-acoustic traps
Prepare your DAW for a great mixing workflow
Use EQ to make room and properly place elements
Utilize compressors to add or remove dynamics
Use saturation & distortion to add upper harmonics to the mix
Properly split your bass freqencies for sub-separation
Identify the right song-part to mixing
Mix with state of the art 3rd party plugins
Mix instruments, drums and bass with EQ, compression, etc
Correctly use groups, send effects and audio while mixing
Master sound perception

What you’re getting:
A complete -to-finish mixing process on a state of the art Melodic Techno track
30+ Studio sessions with Guido Werner / CatAndBeats
6h+ online video sessions with lifetime-access
Bonus: Ableton Project (before and after) used in this couse (using Ableton Live 9 Suite + List of Plugins)

Course Curriculum

Intro and Setup

Introduction (9:40)


Module 1 - The Basics

01 - What is mixing? (5:32)

02 - How to listen and listening (23:13)
03 - Tools of the trade (6:36)

04 - Plan of approach (2:47)
05 - Bouncing the tracks (6:02)
06 - Prepping the file (10:38)
Module 2 - Cleaning Up The Drums

01 - Checking the kick drums (15:57)

02 - Mixing the kick drum a little bit (18:14)
03 - Claps and more claps (15:16)
03B - Quick Room Info (0:42)
04 - Main hats (5:14)
05 - Shakers and last check (10:49)

Module 3 - Setting Up the Busses

01 - Compression of drums (17:05)

02 - Reverb (9:48)
03 - Setting the reverb (14:36)
04 - Delay (7:55)
Module 4 - Mixing the harmonics

01 - FatBass (16:00)

02 - Lead sound and distortion (11:25)
03 - The rhode to getting stuck (19:06)
04 - Replacing and sound design (18:28)
05 - Pads (11:04)
06 - Panning harmonics + Recheck and move on (12:44)
07 - 2 Buss compression (17:54)

Module 5 - Reversing the song

01 - Reversing the song (12:56)

02 - Reversing the track with reversed sounds (23:13)
03 - Last bit of reversing (8:21)
Module 6 - Mastering

01A - Test master (19:08)

01B - Test master corrected (2:00)
02 - Setting up the mastering session (10:44)
03 - Mastering (34:21)
04 - Two weeks later (3:09)
05 - Client Feedback - First Round - Making Adjustments (17:17)
Bonus Content
PreviewHow The Compressor Works (1) - Basics (14:25)
How The Compressor Works (2) - Snare Example (10:00)
How The Compressor Works (3) - Loop Example (8:50)
How The Compressor Works (4) - Different Compressor Types (5:13)
What is Side-Chaining (10:38)

Groove Course

This course is entirely dedicated to building professional sounding drum loops for modern electronic music!

Did you ever have problems letting your drums sound club ready and “less amateur”?
We will teach you how to build interesting beats with varying veVlocity patterns, adding swing and bounce with groove presets and how to tweak and adjust every sample with ADSR.

We will provide you with all basics and then jump into long and easy to follow practical sessions, where we create multiple beats, loops and pattern from scratch!
All accompanying material will be available in the download section - so can can follow along easily and understand not only WHAT we do, but WHY we do it.

Make your drums sound professional

This course is for you, if you are…

…not finding the right samples and waste hours browsing your sample packs
…coming up with cool grooves, but they sound static and just not professional enough
…not fully aware of the groove pool and it’s advantages or adding swing manually
…never really sure how to tweak your samples with ADSR to make them fit the beat
…not completely familiar with the concept of velocity, how to add human feel or how to build interesting velocity patterns

What you will learn from this course

✓ turning your basic beat into a professional sounding loop

✓ creating interesting patterns using a variety of techniques

✓ learn the concepts of velocity

✓ learn the concepts of applying swing & groove

✓ learn how to tweak your samples using ADSR

✓ the interaction of bass and beat

✓ polyrhythms

✓ explaining the Drum Rack

✓ concept of weak and strong beats

✓ applying groove on MIDIs and Audio files

✓ shown in many practical examples

What are you getting:

✓ Complete course with theoretical basics & full on practical sessions

✓ Many ing points for your very own Techno, Melodic Techno, House and Tech-House grooves

✓ 25+ lectures

✓ Lifetime-access

Course Curriculum

Intro and Basics


Welcome (0:58)
Basics: What is a Bar? (3:13)
Basics: What is MIDI (0:35)
Part 1 - Foundations

01 - Creating A MIDI Clip & Shortcuts (3:53)

02 - The Grid (1:32)

03 - The Concept of Weak and Strong Beats (2:14)
04 - The Drum Rack (2:11)05 - First Groove (5:46)
06 - First Groove Mix (1:44)
Part 2 - Velocity and Rhythm

07 - Velocity (1:46)

08 - Velocity Example (4:45)
09 - Polyrhythm (3:20)
10 - Polyrhythm Examples (6:53)

Part 3 - Groove and Swing

11 - Shaker Loop (2:56)

12 - Understanding Swing (1:58)
13 - Example: Tech House Groove from Scratch (9:32)
14 - The Groove Pool (4:30)
15 - The Groove Pool Settings (7:04)
Part 4 - ADSR

16 - ADSR (Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release) (3:30)

17 - ADSR & Shaping Drums (5:22)
18 - Example: “Amelie” Groove (19:30)
19 - Audio Loops and Groove (3:42)
20 - Instrument Loops and Groove (8:36)
Part 5: Practical Sessions

21 - Programming Groove for “Moods” (30:12)

22 - Programming Groove for “Darkside” - Part 1 (14:12)
22 - Programming Groove for “Darkside” - Part 2 (15:06)
22 - Programming Groove for “Darkside” - Part 3 (17:36)
23 - Programming Groove for “Desert” - Part 1 (19:30)
23 - Programming Groove for “Desert” - Part 2 (20:39)

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