NO MORE GUESSWORK

A video course and mix-feedback program designed to help you master your most important tool and produce your first radio-ready track

 

Let's Do It!
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3.5 Hours of Video Content

Train your ear and listen along as I EQ all 36 tracks of an acoustic pop song while isolating frequencies and giving detailed explanations

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36 Page Guidebook

The ultimate cheatsheet and mixing companion featuring detailed notes for 22 instruments, example curves, advanced techniques, and more

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Mix Feedback

After you apply these EQ lessons, email me your latest mixes and I'll send back detailed, actionable notes on how to make them even better

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Stereo Mastering Discount

Send me the final mix of one of your songs and receive a polished, commercially competitive master. Unlimited revisions

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This course is really an exceptional value. I love how he goes through his thought process with each instrument... Joseph's explanations of everything are clear and the video quality is top-notch. Highly recommend.

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Matt McCue

 South Carolina-based artist and singer songwriter 

You're ready to learn how to mix your own music. But where do you start?

Maybe you're completely new to music production and you're still learning your DAW. Or maybe you've been trying to figure it out for a while but feel confused and discouraged.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Music production can be overwhelming. Especially when you're on your own.

It was hard enough to learn how to write songs and perform. Harder still to learn how to self-produce and record your own music from home. And now you find yourself, yet again, at the beginning of a whole new process - trying to teach yourself how to mix. You’ve taken the workshops, you’ve trawled through YouTube, you’ve downloaded the practice stems… 

And your mixes still feel off and you aren’t sure why.

You have a dream of being totally creatively independent. You want to be able to produce, record, and mix a song and have it actually end up how you originally envisioned it. You don’t want to toil away on Youtube any more, spending hours hunting for a solution. You want to understand the technical stuff so you can focus on being creative and having fun. But right now, things just feel overwhelming and you’re trying to understand everything all at once.

But to build a house, you need to lay a strong foundation…

 

Understand EQ and everything else will fall into place

 

You wouldn’t learn how to solo before learning how to play chords, right?

Or sight read without understanding bass and treble clef?

Of course not. Because those skills naturally build on one another...

Same thing applies to mixing. EQ is the foundational tool.

Developing a deep understanding of the frequency spectrum and learning how to shape the tone of any given instrument will:

  • Make dialing in the overall balance simple. With each instrument “filtered” into a specific frequency range, fader adjustments become intuitive
  • Allow you to make more targeted and effective choices when dialing in your compressors, reverbs, delays, and saturations. No more going in circles, get it right the first time
  • Get your mix sounding 70% complete before adding any other plugins or making any other adjustments

Which is why I've created a comprehensive EQ bootcamp and mix-feedback program designed to jumpstart your growth and spare you months (if not years!) of painful trial and error:

Mixing Fundamentals: EQ

Join me in this in-depth video walkthrough where I share everything I know about applying what I call a track's "tone-shaping" EQ. Listen along as we transform our raw, unprocessed tracks from this:

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To this:

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Using just a single EQ on each track.

No compression, no saturation, no tricks - just thoughtfully crafted EQ curves.

Preview The Course

LOOK UNDER THE HOOD AND PREVIEW ONE OF THE COURSE VIDEOS

 

The Video Modules:

Watch in order and hear the song transform, or jump ahead to the instrument groups you're most interested in - choose your own adventure! 

EQ Explained

In this first module we’ll define our terms, break down the frequency spectrum, and go over what you can expect in the coming upcoming videos. We’ll prepare to discuss EQ application through the process of EQing all 36 tracks of an acoustic pop song.

Drums

Often the most challenging part of any mix to get right, it’s essential that you nail your EQ processing here - each shell needs to feel powerful and clear and your cymbals need to feel bright and smooth without the harshness. We’ll remove unwanted noise, boxy build-ups, and set a strong foundation for the rest of our song.

Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Keys

A wide-ranging and jam-packed module, we’ll go over everything from how to keep your bass and kick drum from masking each other, how to craft a lush acoustic guitar sound from a dull recording, and how to think about slotting piano and keyboard tracks in a dense arrangement.

Electric Guitar

Across a whopping 16 electric guitar tracks we’ll tackle clean background fills, distorted palm-muted rhythm parts, soaring solos, and everything in between. No electric guitar recording is the same but we’ll encounter and go over most common situations.

Vocals

Arguably the most important part of any song, we’ll isolate and discuss all the major points of interest and trouble spots when shaping our vocal sound. Through notching out mid-range trouble spots, cleaning up the ‘body’, and selectively boosting our high-mids, our vocal will feel full and bright. Finally, we’ll finish the song by bringing in our background and harmony parts.

Deep Dives

In this final mini-series we’ll take a closer look at how to process kick drums, acoustic guitars, and lead vocals. We’ll step away from the song we’ve been working on up until now and examine six new songs - two for kick drum, two for acoustic, and two for female vocals. Featuring a look at my entire vocal processing chain including compression and reverb.

Mixing Fundamentals

"But isn't music an ART? Shouldn't I just mess around until it feels right?"

While music is indeed an art, and every song is different, when it comes to EQ, there are some things that JUST WORK.

Boost your kick fundamental around 85hz and it'll feel heavier and more powerful.

Boost some 200hz and 8khz on basically any snare and it'll immediately feel better.

Cut everything below 85hz on your acoustic guitar and remove that low rumble.

I could go on, but you get it - there are proven, specific adjustments you can make to your instrument tracks to immediately improve your mix.

And if you're ready to skip the months of painful trial-and-error, I can show you exactly what to do...

This course is for you if...

✅ You're a self producing songwriter who's ready to take control over the mixing process.

✅ You're an artist with an project that you want to put out but it just doesn't sound right - let's work together to get it finished and released!

✅ You're committed to a professional life in music, wherever that might take you - musician, artist, engineer, manager, or label head, being able to talk articulately about mixing and frequency is going to give you a leg up.

✅ You're considering pursuing a degree in music production. Before spending all that tuition money, confirm for yourself that this is indeed something you could see yourself doing for your career.

This course is NOT for you if...

❌ You're already a full-time professional mixing engineer.

❌ You exclusively make EDM, Hip Hop, or Heavy Metal - this course features live acoustic instrumentation, no samples, and does not address EQ situations typical for above mentioned genres.

❌ You're looking for a comprehensive mixing course - this is a highly specialized series focusing solely on EQ.

❌ You're unwilling to put the time and work in to develop your ear and apply these lessons.

Happy Students

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Meet Your Instructor

Hi, I'm Joseph

From basement sessions to professional LA studios, I've produced, mixed, and mastered artists at every tier. I’ve toured nationally as a drummer, managed a recording studio, and worked as a live sound engineer (mixing Tom Morello, Dawes, and Dave Chappelle!) - so I’ve worn a lot of hats!

My musical foundation, though, will always be as a singer-songwriter… way back in 2007 it was just me, my acoustic guitar, and Garageband in my bedroom making sad indie folk.

(Don’t ask me for those tunes, I hope they're lost to time)

Anyway, I remember the frustration I felt when I would listen to playback...

... and my acoustic guitar would sound awful. So muddy and boomy and dull.

... and my vocal would sound terrible - so boxy and nasally and gross.

And sure, there we're a lot of things going wrong at the time - poor recording technique, untreated room, etc.

But one of the biggest missing pieces was my inability to use EQ.

If I grabbed an EQ and attempted to clean up the tracks, I wouldn't have even known where to begin. No way would I have been able to improve my recordings...

Which is why I did I what I did - just tried to shrug it off and focus on what I could control (my performance, the quality of my lyrics/songwriting, etc.)

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After an awesome drum tracking session!

 

Fast-forward seven years - I’ve moved to LA, I play in some local bands, I work a day job at a restaurant…

… and my self-produced music STILL sounds muddy and amateur…

Fortunately, though, my whole life would suddenly change in two HUGE ways:

  • I got a job managing a recording studio where I shadowed, and was mentored by, a industry-vet mixing engineer
  • I started getting live-mixing gigs at local clubs, allowing me to quit my awful day job at that restaurant 🙌

I learned a TON during that time in my life, but there was one key lesson learned from both my mentor and my time live-mixing that was truly eye-opening…

Without a deep understanding the frequency spectrum, no meaningful growth as a producer is possible

As soon as I began dedicating time to understanding EQ and learning how to use it, how to bend the tone of any given instrument to my will, the quality of my work skyrocketed

My mixes sounded cleaner and more powerful, I made smarter and more effective decisions with my dynamic processing, I dialed in tones and sounds more confidently… and within weeks my boss had me take on recording engineer duties, setting me on current path…

And now I want to help you…

Today, I teach independent artists and songwriters how to produce commercially competitive tracks from home with the gear they already own. I want to spare you years of frustration I went through as an artist and show you how to transform the quality of your work by taking control over your most foundational and essential tool: EQ.

Ready to level up?

Let's Do It!

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Included with the Video Course is the...

The EQ Reference Guide

           This 36-page PDF guidebook is the ultimate EQ cheatsheet and mixing companion. Designed to be kept on your desktop for quick reference, this guide features detailed treatment breakdowns and example curves for 27 instruments (several of which not featured in the video series), a section on advanced EQ techniques, an ultra-detailed frequency spectrum breakdown, and more...

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...AND included with the Video Course and Guidebook is

Mix Feedback

Here's What It Actually Looks Like

       Sharing an in-process mix with someone can be intimidating, especially when that person is basically a stranger on the internet. But when I sit down to review a mix from an independent singer-songwriter, it's not chore - it's an honor. I'll work to draft detailed, actionable notes that will noticeably improve your mix and help you develop as a producer. 

       Emailing me a mix for feedback will be optional, of course, but I strongly encourage that you take advantage of the opportunity - it's the only sure-fire way that you'll internalize the course lessons and techniques.

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...Joseph provided thorough and detailed instructions on how to improve my mix - what specific frequencies to cut/boost, how to apply compression, as well as making some creative suggestions. I would highly recommend his ears and expertise to anyone who is looking to refine their mixing skills.

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Dakota Theim

 Portland, OR based artist and singer songwriter 

Let's Get Started!

Check out just a few of the rewarding conversations I've had with artists:

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Dan
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Rosalind
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...AND included with the Video Course, Guidebook, Mix Feedback is a

Stereo Mastering Discount

Walk Away With A Release-Ready Final Product

These aren't just abstract skills we're developing - we're working towards a specific, tangible goal. For an additional fee of just $23, I'll master one song, unlimited revisions.

Why $23? My standard mastering rate is $60/song - so all I ask is that you cover the difference after purchasing the course. Think of it this way - you're hiring me to master a song, and I'm throwing in a 3.5 hour video course, a guidebook, and mix-feedback for free.

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I've been on Capitol and Atlantic Records and I can say with 100% truthfulness that Joseph was the BEST mastering engineer I've ever worked with.

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Jordan Twitchell

Phoenix, AZ based artist and songwriter 

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Still on the Fence?

No worries. This course comes with a 30-day money back guarantee

I've put months and months of time and energy producing, shooting, and editing this course to make it the best specialized EQ bootcamp around. But if for whatever reason this course doesn't meet your expectations, just email me within 30 days and I'll send you 100% of your money back. I don't want you stuck with something you're not happy with!

All I'll ask in return is that you share with me how I can make the course better.

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