Orchestral Mixing

Learn to mix both sampled and live orchestral music with mix engineer, Jake Jackson. Follow every stage of the process, from setting up your DAW for mixing audio tracks, to EQ, compression and choice of reverb. Learn professional techniques that are just as effective in your home studio as at the world-famous Air Studios in London where the course was filmed.

  • Downloadable stems of live orchestral recordings.
  • Over 8 hours of video tutorials.
  • Comprehensive course text.
  • Lifelong access and 30-day money back guarantee.

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Course Content

The course comes with orchestral recordings, both sampled and live, that you can mix yourself alongside Jake Jackson. Learn how to effectively use EQ, compression and reverb to sculpt your mix, and explore using track routing and busses to maximise your workflow.

  • Four complete orchestral tracks for you to mix at home.
  • Over-the-shoulder mixing tutorials with Spitfire Audio’s mix engineer, Jake Jackson.
  • Setting up your DAW to mix with.
  • Work with both sampled and live orchestral recordings.
  • Choose and implement the right reverb for your mix.
  • Effective use of EQ and compression.

Course Structure

1. Introduction
Meet Jake Jackson, as he explains his approach and what you should be listening for when you first hear the piece you’re going to be mixing.
2. Balancing Your Orchestral Template
Before you even get to mix your own sampled tracks, you need a well balanced orchestral template. In this section, we walk you through how to set up your template so that mixing samples becomes a great deal easier.
3. Setting Up Your DAW for mixing
How to set up your project, busses and routing, compressors, EQ, and reverb. Establishing a well thought out template will give you the freedom to mix effectively and get the best out of your music.
4. Mixing Sampled Orchestral Tracks
Watch Jake mix a sampled orchestral track from scratch. Learn his workflow and the specific techniques he uses to bring the orchestral mockup to life. This is a comprehensive guide to sampled mixing. Load up the track in your own DAW and follow along at home.
3. Mixing Live Orchestral Tracks
Now learn a completely new set of skills as Jake walks you through a live orchestral mix. Working with a 70-piece film orchestral recording, he shows you the workflow and special considerations to adopt when mixing live orchestra. Again, load up the track in your own DAW and follow along at home.
Bonus Content 1
An 80 minute Q&A with Jake Jackson as he answers questions from students and expands on many of the topics covered in the course.
Bonus Content 2
Two additional tracks for you to mix. Another full orchestral live recording with a 70 piece professional orchestra, and a hybrid orchestral trailer track.
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Course Instructors

Jake Jackson joined one of London’s premier recording studios, AIR in 1998. He worked his way up from being a runner, and now, 17 years of world-class experience of orchestral recording and mixing later, he is one of the top mix engineers in the world. He has recorded and mixed at all of London’s top studios, including Abbey Road, British Grove, Angel, AIR-Edel, RAK, Strongroom and of course, the famous AIR Lyndhurst. His work encompasses all recording genres on projects that have been awarded many Soundtrack Awards, as well as Oscars, Baftas, Grammys, BRITS, & Golden Globes. In the world of sampling technology, you will probably have heard Jake’s name alongside the work of Spitfire Audio.
Guy Michelmore is a multi award-winning film, games and television composer whose clients include Marvel, Disney, Dreamworks, Lionsgate and dozens of major TV networks around the world. He’s best known for his work with Marvel on eight animated feature films including Ultimate Avengers and Thor, as well as hundreds of episodes of television including Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Iron Man: Armoured Adventures, Hulk and many more. His unique and accessible style opens up the whole process of writing music in a way that has seldom been done before.
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Can’t wait to start applying the knowledge into my own stuff and love how Jake Jackson shows how he mixes stuff with samples.

I really like the way they teach, I like the way they show you how to do it, and they follow that up with the practical uses.

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  • Downloadable stems of live orchestral recordings.
  • Over 8 hours of video tutorials.
  • A comprehensive course text.
  • Lifelong access and 30-day money back guarantee.
Buy Now - $99
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