FOH MIXING -Aleksandras Ratmanovas

Class dates are 25, 26, 27, 28 of March 2019

The course has a solid foundation for understanding different processes and their reasoning in the mix. A lot of content comes from time proven old-school techniques used by leading modern mixing engineers. It gives the ability achieve very good results using simplest tools like panorama, EQ and compression, but of cause does not limit to them. Course assumes that we want to recreate original studio sound, but due to real world limitations, it is not possible, so a lot of attention is given to adaptation of studio sound to live sound environment with respect to limitations of live sound equipment, PA design, monitoring and workflow. Class can be very valuable not only for beginners, but also for experienced mixers as well.

Class duration is 4 days by 8 academic hours. Participant count is usually 10-15 participants sharing one mixing console per 2-3 participants. All exercises done using multitrack recording sent to all consoles. Participants need to bring their headphones.

Here are main topics discussed during the class:

Mixing styles
General approach to the mix
Elements of arrangement
Arrangement rules
What to start your mix from
Gain structure
Methods to set up levels
Binaural localisation mechanisms
Tricks to maintain musical balance while panning
Frequency representation
Equalization goals
Magic frequencies
EQ methods
Golden rules of equalization
EQ difference between cutting and boosting
Goals of creating the space
Space as permanent element of the mix
Space as an effect
Equalizing reverbs
Layering effects
Calculating delay time
Compression goals
Universal method for setting compressor parameters
Vocal exciter with de-esser on any console
Bus compression (parallel compression)
Gating goals
Method for setting gate parameters
Interest – difference between good and great mix
Microphone according to monitor layout
Miking distributed sound sources
Fletcher–Munson curves
Threshold of pain
Hearing system adaptiveness
Frequency masking
Big sound and physical sound perception
Importance of PA tuning
Preparation and Workflow

Class will be told by Aleksandras Ratmanovas, FOH engineer, system engineer with broad experience working with most popular Lithuanian bands including Leon Somov & Jazzu, Fusedmarc, GJan, Rasabasa and others, broadcast mixing of “The Voice” TV series in Lithuania. Aleksandas is also teaching sound system engineering, which gives unique twist to his mixing class. More info:

Class dates are 25, 26, 27, 28 of March 2019

Class will take place in apartments at Maskavas iela 68-302, LV-1003, Rīga, Latvija.

Class starts at 09:00 in the morning until 18:00 each day.

Tea, coffee and snacks will be available.

Price 300 euro + VAT.

Class organized in cooperation with

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