Mixing A Track From Start To Finish

Complete mixing process, state of the art techniques and theoretical backgrounds using Ableton Live 9 only

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What you will learn from this course:


Mix Preparation & First Balance

What is the musical idea of the song. Setting up your session for a great mixing workflow, order of tracks, grouping, creating busses. Identifying the most important section and instruments in your song.


Avoid Common Mixing Errors

Referencing, "louder sounds better"-trap, finding the right mixing volume, subtractive vs additive EQ, dithering, phasing, awareness for resonances caused by your environment and many more.


Bass Layers & Sub Bass Separation

Why mono bass, separating sub frequencies, kick-bass side-chaining techniques, multiband side-chaining, dynamic EQ, etc.


Complete Mixing Process

After finding a first balance and an order for our mixing process we're working our way through cleaning, gain staging, eqing, compressing, sound enhancing, bussing, balancing the track step by step, working our way down from the most important elemtents.



How the compressor works and is applied in the mixing stage, drum and bass compression, side-chain compression, multiband compression, parallel compression, New-York compression, limiting



Dealing with resonances, learn to avoid upward spirals of EQ boosting, best practise to avoid frequency masking, why we favor cuts over boosts, why to use shelf filters before peak filters, before notch filters, mid-side EQ, etc.


Covering Theoretical Background

Phase cancellation, room treatment, law of the first wavefront, how our ears sense the direction and distance of sound, Fletcher-Munson Curve, anti-phase


Sweetening to taste

Adding sound enhancing elements, like send reverbs, stereo effects, slap delays on our vocals, haas effect, etc.

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You're learning to:

  • Avoid common mixing errors and psycho-acoustic traps
  • Prepare your Ableton Session 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 start mixing
  • Mix with Ableton stock plugins
  • Mix instruments, drums and bass with EQ, compression, etc
  • Correctly use groups, send effects and audio while mixing
  • Master the fundamentals and theories of sound perception

What you're getting:


A complete start-to-finish mixing process on a state of the art pop-house track


40+ Studio sessions with Francois / Production Music Live


5h+ online video sessions with lifetime-access


Slides / cheat sheets collection you can always quickly turn to


Bonus: Ableton Project (instrumental) used in this couse (using Ableton Live 9 Standard + NI Massive 1.3.xx or higher)


Bonus: More sessions (and requests) to be added over time

Course Curriculum

  Sweetening To Taste (7)
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  Summing Up
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Frequently Asked Questions:

When does the course start and finish?

The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.

How long do I have access to the course?

How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

What if I am unhappy with the course?

We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 48 hours and we will give you a full refund.

Does the course only apply to Ableton?

In this course, we are using Ableton Live to achieve our mix. We are only using stock-Ableton effects like EQ, Compressor, Delays, Reverb, Distortions, Saturators, etc. You can use any DAW that includes these effects to follow along and transfer the techniques applied to your system.

Do I need to own specific plugins?

Not necessarily. The course is designed such that you can sit back, relax and learn the mixing techniques applied in this course. If you - however - want to make use of the bonus Ableton project we are giving away with the course, you'll need Ableton Live 9 Standard + NI Massive (1.3.xx or higher) to run the project file perfectly.

Can I save money by getting one of the bundles?

Absolutely! The offered bundles give you an extra discount of around 30% on the usual shop prices.

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I'm Francois, classically trained musician and music producer from Germany with an insatiable passion for great sound design, audio engineering and electronic music production. I've released tracks on labels such as Universal Music, Parquet Recordings, Portrait Digital Recordings, Somatic Sense, Jannowitz Records and others. Maybe you've seen one of my tutorials on our YouTube channel "Production Music Live". I also have a personal Youtube Channel called "Francois Beats". I like exploring new ways of working, acquiring new skills and sharing my knowledge.

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