TIME WELL SPENTI just recently completed "The Art of Mixing" class at TRAC (The Recording Arts Center) in San Diego. I'll say this, I'm glad I did. I walked away with some new Pro Tools tricks and made some new audio friends at the same time.
THE ART OF MIXINGThe Art of Mixing course is a laid back, enjoy the music, type of class with a focus on mixing techniques and plugin tools. This course is a great way to discover new plugins that you haven't had a chance to try before. I found many new plugins that are now must haves!
WHAT'S THE APPROACH?I really enjoyed the manner in which the course was presented. Different songs were brought in that required mixing. The class then participated in how the mix should proceed. Some students also brought in their own songs as well. It was awesome to hear their work! Each class member also gets plenty of 'solo time' operating the Pro Tools mix machine to gain an even greater understanding of the process.
WHO IS THIS CLASS FOR?I feel that the class is definitely geared towards those who are relatively new to the mixing process or new to mixing within Pro Tools (In The Box). But, I also believe that there is always something that can be learned from working alongside others who are doing the same type of work as you are.
WHAT I WALKED AWAY WITHThe most valuable thing I gained from this class was witnessing how many different ways there are to mix the same song. Now, I'm not so concerned anymore with "Am I doing this right way?" If it sounds good it is good....no matter how you got there.
IN CONCLUSIONThe Art of Mixing class was four nights of mixing music, trying plugins and analyzing mix techniques. I only wish they had a "level-2 class". I'd be there in a heartbeat. If you are new to the mixing process or new to mixing (In The Box) with Pro Tools then you should definitely consider it.
Thanks for reading,