Don’t Do This When Recording and Mixing a Choir – Learn From My Mistake,

I have another video on recording and mixing a choir. I go over my mic setup, running cables, interface, laptop, and a detailed mix review.

#recordingchoirs #howtorecordandmixachoir #recordingandmixing

0:54 Setup tour
2:11 Microphones
03:06 The Auditorium
04:26 Computer and Interface
05:54 Sound of choir backstage
06:15 Mixing the choir pre-processing sound
07:06 Processing the choir starting with Slate VMR classic mic emulation and the S-47F Mic
09:00 The Elysia alpha master compressor
10:21 The Elysia museq
11:35 SSL Bus Compressor
12:36 Pro Q3 Eq
13:11 Ozone 9 Eq, Imager and Maximizer
14:33 Reverb: Valhalla Vintage Verb and post eq on the reverb
17:48 Before and After comparison of Process and unprocessed mix
19:31 Revisiting the VMR classic mic S-47F before and after with all processing
20:30 Checklist of things to bring on a live recording session


– Fergie



How to Mix Southern Rock, Country Background Vocals

In this video, I go over my process and show you how to mix background vocals to spice up your mix. This is one way as there are many ways to achieve great background vocals assuming you are starting with a good source, to begin with. The song I’m working on is called “River” which I co-wrote with the singer.

0:00 Intro
0:28 Quick Listen of Chorus on Track
1:02 Listening to the BGV’s in Solo with and without processing, panning and routing
2:22 Slate VMR Mix Rack processing
3:52 Giving the vocals clarity
4:22 Giving the vocals sheen – polishing the vocals
5:16 Pulling the vocals forward and gluing and adding excitement to the background vocals with the CLA2A from Waves
5:51 Using saturation on the vocals with the Sound Toys Decapitator
6:45 Adding width to the background vocals
7:38 Adding a hint of chorus on the bgv’s with the Sound Toys Microshift
8:00 Adding the vocal rider to level out any peaks
8:34 Adding Reverb using the Relab LX480
9:20 Adding delay/echo to the reverb using the H-Delay from Waves
10:48 Using the Fabfilter ProQ 3 for filtering of the reverb and delay tone
11:30 Listen in context with the mix with and without processing

#howtomixbackgroundvocals #howtogetwidebackgroundvocals #southernrock

– Fergie


Kelly Clarkson Since U Been Gone Isolated Vocal Track, Drum Tracks, Serban Ghenea Mix Session

In this video, we listen to the isolated tracks on a pop hit from the mid-2000s and hear the raw captured sounds of this mix. Also, gain ideas on production and building up a song. The isolated vocal track of Kelly Clarkson is amazing and the harmony parts are over the top awesome. Listen to this Pro Tools session and see what a Serban Ghenea looks and sounds like.

This is not a Rick Beato, what makes this song great, but rather a review of the tracked drums, bass, guitar, and vocals to see what’s possible and or give you a goal to attain and shoot for if this fits your style of music.

#sinceyouvebeengoneisolatedtracks #sinceubeengoneisolatedtrack

Mixing Blues Rock Track – Drums – YouTube Live Stream Final Mix

In this video, I go over the final touches on this blues-rock track, in the style of Joe Bonamassa with a female singer, and the final mix from the live YouTube video I recently had done. This video details the drums and what I changed from the first video and how I got the sound I did. There will be separate videos for the bass guitar/electric guitars, vocals, vocal throws, keyboards, and automation.

Audio files will be available until March 15th listed here. When you enter your email you’ll a download link window will pop up.

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00:00 Before and After Drum Sound
00:45 Welcome – Introduction
01:35 Listening to the intro, verse, and first chorus sample of the finished song
03:44 Overall Drum Sound in Solo Mode
04:35 Kick Drum Processing
15:04 Snare Drum Processing
19:25 Room Mic Processing
22:00 Drum Bus Parallel Channel Processing
24:50 Reverb on Snare Drum
25:44 Closing thoughts Thank You!

Mixing Rock – Mix Session Edited From Live Stream Audio Files Available

This is the edited live stream from the previous week, editing out all of the glitches at the intro and un-needed material to move the mix along a bit faster. The video will be chaptered for your convenience. The audio files are available for mixing at the link below.

Song “Gunsmoke” by My Revolution ( By Bret Ferguson & Tara Faber ©2016)

0:00 Introduction

3:28 Comments and Objectives

4:35 Raw session preview

5:18 Resetting Fader Positions

5:51 Drums

8:27 Bass and Guitars

9:00 Vocals

11:00 Drums adding Plugins

25:56 Drum Bus Procession

27:15 Reverb on Drums

31:08 Bass Processing

35:05 Revisit Drums Hi-Hat and Tom Reverb

38:09 Guitar Processing

43:36 Guitar Bus Processing

44:45 Vocals

51:52 Vocal Reverb and Delay

1:05:00 Special Effects

1:11:36 Keys Procession

1:14:47 Vocal Bus Processing

1:17:43 Guitar Solo

1:23:37 Master Bus Processing

1:25:57 Review Current Mix

1:35:17 Additional Bus Processing

1:39:17 Add Guitar Processing

1:41:00 Final Thoughts and Video Number 2 to Come

#rockmixsession #mixingrockmusic #freemixstems

How to Get Hard Hitting Punchy Rock Drums

In this video, I’ll go over how to get that hard-hitting punchy rock drum sound you hear from commercial rock bands. All done in a home studio without using any drum replacers and inexpensive mics. I would love to hear how you obtain punchy drums on your recording. Thanks so much for stopping by today and would love it if you’d subscribe. Bret Ferguson @ Recording Crave