Ryan West Mixing With Softube Plugins

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01h 41min


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See how Ryan West mixes an entire song using only the plugins included in Softube Volume 1. He explains not just what he's doing but why, giving you insights as to how a Grammy nominated mix engineer approaches a mix.

He walks your through his entire mixing process and shows you how to:

  • Continuously balance a mix and build the sonic landscape track by track
  • Enhance badly recorded guitars
  • Replace a plain sub bass track with a deeper and richer sound from Modular
  • Create a soundstage around the vocal and place the acoustic elements in a complimentary space
  • Use subtle EQ moves to create perfect spaces for instruments to sit together in the mix
  • Set up the mix bus for the final touches before exporting the mix
  • Exercise Files Available In 5 Popular DAWs

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Exercise files
Equipment & Software

Softube Volume 1:

  • Summit Audio Grand Channel
  • FET Compressor
  • Trident A-Range
  • Drawmer S73
  • Saturation Knob
  • Vintage Amp Room
  • Bass Amp Room
  • Fix Flanger & Doubler
  • TSAR-1 Reverb
  • Tube Delay
  • Heartbeat
  • Modular

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Ryan West

In addition to many Platinum, Gold and Diamond RIAA certifications, he's been twice nominated for the Album of the Year Grammy and has a further seven nominations to his credit. Ryan has also participated in numerous discussion panels with mixing heavyweights Tony Maserati, Joe Chiccarelli, Michael Brauer, Andy Wallace and mastering engineers Howie Weinberg and Bob Ludwig.

A skilled multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Ryan also produces music for film and television. As of 2012 over 60 million albums have been sold worldwide that contain a credit to Ryan West.

Ryan helped forge the sound of hip-hop and rap music as we know it today by working with artists such as Eminem, Kanye West, Usher, Rihanna, Jay-z and more.

If you watch Ryan's videos on pureMix you will notice how much he pays attention to details and use his technics in order to produce a modern and punchy sound.



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2017 Oct 17
Kickin ass, Nice Work.
2017 Jun 10
I remember when I finished listening his finished song and he said " sound like a mix" I said yah right it sound like a rough mix to me.
2017 Jun 10
The whole this tutorial is nonsense. For a person who listened to the original and tries to add element doesn't take a geniuses that Ryan has failed the production big time. Making the choir disappear from the mix is a big mistake. The music doesn't even drive the way he mixed it. It looks like it is full of noise. He has to ask again himself it is a hip hop? If the way he is mixing is not influenced by Softube sponsorship I'm sure he was not concentrated making the drum dominate the mix. Since the intention is to advertise the Softube plugin, he killed the vibe of the whole music structure.
2017 May 01
Really great at explaining your thought process! Great video thanks so much! :)
2017 Apr 19
great teacher!! i really appreciate your work. thanks a lot.
2017 Apr 11
I really like the concept of using something else, away from Slate, Waves, etc..pp.. IMHO I find its either being creative with the tools you have at hand, or be on the safe side with stuff you know in and out. And it doesn't matter whether it is an EQ from ABC oder XYZ. In the End the doing all the same. I learned a lot, again, and I hope theres more coming :-) Thanks Ryan.
2017 Jan 17
hello, any chance for Nuendo project file? I can't open Cubase project file in latest Nuendo (Nuendo crash).
2016 Dec 30
Hello! Very well explained! I love it! Ryan West is a great teacher. I wish I could have access to the Cubase project! Thanks in advance!
2016 Dec 12
Hi, when we can see the subtitles? thanks
2016 Dec 04
Any idea when CUBASE will be online?
2016 Nov 25
The exercise wav files are numbered, but the following numbers are missing: 7,18,21. Were they inadvertently left off, or were they not used in the final session? Thanks.
2016 Nov 19
I want mentors that think outside of the standard SSL/1176. I want to see them work through the mix in real time like Fab does. Making their choices on "gut instinct" when listening to the tracks for the first time. For me this is very important. While I don't need another set of plugin tools, the subscription model lets me "try them" so I can build a set of tools that work for me and that I understand how they work to give me the "sound" I need/or hear in my head.
2016 Nov 14
Love it love it love it. Love the Grandchannel.
2016 Nov 14
The final mix is lovely but it was enough to completely turn me off investing in Softube plugins. I do really like the Heartbeat synth but think I'm going to pass on that too. Another great tutorial in any case.
2016 Nov 13
I honestly do question some of the things Ryan does on his tutorials, but I am 100% proven wrong by the end when I hear the final mix. Most of his tricks and techniques are pretty far removed from the rest of the mentors and I really appreciate watching him do things outside of using the SSL Channel Strip and Classic Compressors. Refreshing video PM, great work!
2016 Nov 11
Sorry my friend but i think your mixing judgments is driven by the lake of plugins options ( coz you just decide to work with just Softube plugins in this video ) Good effort but hard-luck :)
2016 Nov 09
The Final Mix was incredible. Thank you