You can make Loud & Clear Mixes that Make People Move and get the reaction you want
Making sure the mixes of your multitrack songs are balanced, loud and clear takes some time to master.
I can teach you how to take control of your Sound, your DAW and your Mixes in 9 live online classes...BALANCE Part I: Mixing & DAW
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Futch is such an incredible teacher! I took Balance part I and it was everything I needed. Such an amazing energy and just a cool dude in general!
The essential of mixing without a headache. Futch is a dedicated producer with lots of knowledge that is sought after.
- Angel L.
I participated in the inaugural “Balance” cohort. Through Levels, I was given the resources and support I needed not only to reinforce the most important fundamentals of music production, but also tackle advanced techniques and think outside the box. I will be back and look forward to being part of the growing Levels community!
- Liam S.
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Take a look inside Module 2 - SOURCE: Intro to Sound and be a fly on the wall as we take a closer look at how we can measure sound and maximize the sound of our tracks. Then download my free guide: 9 Characteristics of a SoundwaveDownload the FREE Guide
Do your mixes suck?
• Too Quiet?
• Too Muddy?
• Too Boomy?
• Not Boomy Enough?You need to learn the FUNDAMENTALS
The simplest, most important elements, ideas or principles
What did you do when you wanted to drive a car? You learned the fundamentals from an experienced professional, studied a manual, practiced driving and then you took a test.
What would you do if you wanted to invest in stocks or crypto? You would find an experienced advisor and learn the basics before investing any money.
What would you do if you wanted to build your own house? You would study what the professionals have done before you, choose your materials carefully, and then start with the foundation.
So why should it be different when it comes to mixing your own songs, beats, vocals and music? You need to know the FUNDAMENTALS.Tell Me More
Attention Aspiring Singers, Songwriters, Musicians, Beatmakers, DJs, Rappers & Electronic Music Producers:
You be the hero, I'll be your guide.
Welcome to Part I: Mixing & DAW, the first 9 classes of my 27-class live online course: BALANCE: Intro to Music Production, Writing Exciting Songs & Designing your Artistic Vision. Are you ready to embark on a journey of self-discovery and musical mastery?
In this 9-class live online course, you'll be the hero of your own musical journey, guided by the wisdom and expertise of an experienced music production instructor. I'm Futch, and I'll be your guide, step by step, through the whole process.
In these first 9 classes of BALANCE, you will learn the fundamentals of how sound works, how your DAW works, and how to make mixes that are loud and clear so they finally get the reaction you've been waiting for!
So if you're ready to take control of your sound and start creating the mixes you've always dreamed of, join me for BALANCE Part I: Mixing & DAW.
Apply now and let's begin this hero's journey together.
What You'll Get
BALANCE Part I: Mixing & DAW is everything you need to make loud and clear mixes with your DAW. Study 9 key areas of mixing in 9 modules taught live in small class sizes over Zoom.
9 Live Online Zoom Classes
Learn each topic during a 2.5 hours zoom class where you can ask me questions
On-demand Video Recordings
Review each topic with the pre-recorded video modules
Complete module assignments, quizzes, song analysis, ear training, and self-assessments
Complete challenges, give and receive feedback on your mixes and ask more questions
Get access to software, plugin, and hardware discounts from LEVELS partners
Quickly reference the key takeaways from each module's topic
Stage 1: Fundamentals
In modules 1-3 you'll learn the foundational concepts needed for mixing songs that have impact and power.
Module 1: Intro to DAW
I’ll show you how a DAW is actually just a software replica of the gear you’d find in an analog recording studio, and you can apply what you learn in this course anywhere, now and in the future. You can apply these concepts to your DAW of choice.
Module 2: Intro to Sound
I’ll show you how important polarity and phase are to your kicks and snares and why it’s difficult to hear bass in a 10 foot square room. I’ll break down each part of the energy, frequency, and vibration that you’ll need to understand to measure each part.
Module 3: Intro to Mixing
We’ll take a look at how to maximize the efficiency of your monitoring setup and focus on the basics of mixing using only balance & pan. I’ll show you how to identify the main culprits in your home studio that cause you to hear things differently than they really are.
Stage 2: Processing
In modules 4-6 you'll learn how to process your audio tracks in series, parallel and in groups.
Module 4: Intro to Series Processing
I’ll show you all about EQ and the 5 types of dynamic processors (including compressors and noise gates) and how and why we usually patch them in series on individual tracks. Learn and practice using my magic EQ and compressor settings.
Module 5: Intro to Parallel Processing
I’ll show you why it’s better to send reverb and delay from parallel channel aux sends and then return them on their own channels and how to make dark plates and tape slaps that make the vocals sound 3D and amazing!
Module 6: Intro to Group Processing
I’ll show you how to divide your tracks into groups, process them with dynamics, EQ and parallel effects, and then export the groups as remix stems so you can collaborate with other artists, producers and mixers.
Stage 3: Finishing
In modules 7-9 you'll learn the techniques to bring the quality of your mix up to a professional level.
Module 8: Intro to Dynamics
I’ll show you how to control the peaks of your signal, maximize the voltage, and manage your low end for maximum efficiency and clean bass. You need to have dynamics within your song's arrangement, the individual track parts, and the whole mix as a group.
Module 5: Intro to Automation
There’s an art to balancing and panning the levels so you can hear everything in the mix. What we’re talking about here is providing som. Automate any button, knob and fader in your DAW and make the mix come alive with motion over time.
Module 6: Intro to Mastering
Mastering is about quality control. It’s making sure your mix is free of noises, pop, and clicks and sounds great on every set of speakers or devices it’s played back on. From the phone, to the laptop, to the car, to the club, it’s gotta sound great everywhere.
The Course Content
Each of the 9 modules includes:
• 2.5 hour on-demand video course
• Module Assignment
• Module Quizzes and Self-Assessments
• Song Analysis Quizzes
• Ear Training Playlist
The BALANCE Community
The community is where you:
• Meet for the live Zoom classes
• Ask more questions
• Give and receive feedback on mixes
• Find people to collaborate with
• Promote your music
BALANCE Part I: Mixing & DAW
These are the 9 live online (Zoom-style) classes where you will learn the fundamentals of mixing songs and beats...
BALANCE Part I: Mixing & DAW Cohorts
I'm looking for 15-20 people to test drive this live online beginner to intermediate Mixing & DAW course.
Each cohort will be a small group of people (5-8)
Cohort #1: Electronic Musicians & Producers
The first was a blast and it went really well so I'm ready to take in another group of students for the live online Zoom classes.
I'm looking for a small group of up to 5-8 Singers, Songwriters, Beatmakers or Electronic Producers for this Beginner to Intermediate Mixing & DAW course with a focus on the fundamentals.
The schedule will be 90-120 minutes per class.
This introductory offer will give you great access to your Instructor, Futch, and will be discounted by 50% of the regular price.
Total Regular price: $897 USD, Total Discount Price: $448 USD
*100% Money Back Refund before class 5 starts
*This course will be taught in English and Futch will be demonstrating everything with Ableton Live on a Mac. You can use another DAW (Pro Tools, FL Studio, etc) or a Windows PC but Futch can't help you troubleshoot those platforms.
Dates & Times to be discussed and determined based on applicants availability and Time Zones
Apply to join Cohort #2
*This is just to make contact and get more information. You are not obligated to do anything by filling out this form.
Live Zoom Class Schedule
Option #1 Saturdays & Sundays from 11am - 1:30pm PST for 5 weeks. So that's Los Angeles: 11am-1:30pm, New York: 2pm-4:30pm, London: 7pm-9:30pm
Option #2 Mondays & Thursdays from 11am - 1:30pm PST for 5 weeks. So that's Los Angeles: 11am-1:30pm, New York: 2pm-4:30pm, London: 7pm-9:30pm
Option #3 Monday & Thursdays from 6pm - 8:30pm PST for 5 weeks. So that's Los Angeles: 6pm-8:30pm, New York: 9pm-11:30pm
I can also adjust the times and dates depending on what the group cohort decides works best for them and their timezones.
Part I: Mixing & DAW
Part II: Songs & Sounds
Part III: Recording & Editing
BALANCE Par I: Mixing & DAW
Produce a song at home from start to finish quickly and easily and get feedback from the community of users before you share it with the world.APPLY NOW
Learn the essentials of the music production process in 27 classes.
Unlock content and rewards as you pass through each level.
Collaborate, ask questions, get feedback and promote your music.
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"I have learned so much from this great person! From synthesis to producing for yourself and other artists, you will learn how important everything is and where everything needs to be placed in order to make outstanding tracks."
"It has been a privilege to be taught by Futch. He brings his authentic self to the table every time, with real feedback and all the encouragement you could wish for to help push you in the right direction. There are so many things I've learned from Futch that I think about every day, one being to always invest in things that go under you and I can't think of a better way than to invest in being taught by him. He is an artist at his very core and a truly inspiring teacher, instructor and mentor."
"Futch has a unique teaching style which personally I learned a lot from. Whether you are beginner or advanced, engineer or a producer, you will hone your skills in a fun and engaging way. He’s also one of the funniest guys I have ever met."
"First off, Futch will make you feel COMFORTABLE. So don't worry about being nervous, that leaves the door after one day. He taught me how to make artists (including myself) feel good behind the mic and how to talk with them during a vocal session. Which is important because not everyone is spot on and you just have to be patient with them!"
"Before having Futch as my professor, I spent 6 months in a highly technical audio engineering course. It was intense and slightly overwhelming. In contrast to this, Futch's lessons focused more on the holistic aspect of music production: from dealing with creative people, learning how to coax the best performance out of an artist, to analyzing songs and picking out their strengths and weaknesses. These lessons were invaluable, and really helped to put my whole education into perspective. I couldn't ask for a better mentor or friend."
“Without a doubt, One of the best teachers I’ve ever had! I always left his class feeling inspired. He taught me how to change perspectives as well as how to adapt in a fast-paced studio environment. I have a lot of respect for Futch.”
You be the Hero, I'll be your Guide
Meet your instructor, Futch.
• Music Producer since 1990
• Teaching music production since 1994
• Puts the "Fun" in Fundamentals
• Makes Dub Techno music under the alias Dystopian SoundscapesMore About Futch