The other day I was contacted by Ableton to teach a class at Lewis and Clark College in Portland. It was an intermediate class, so I wanted to bring something that could really level up their sound with Ableton Live. I put together a live set with stems and showed off a bunch of mixing techniques.
I wanted to share the Live Set I created and a few pointers on Mixing. Here is a before and after version. Notice how the vocals go more to the front and center and the drums have more power to them.
Here is the Live Set:
The way I set up this live set is I put a bunch of effects on all the different tracks. I then mapped all of them to the “0” (zero) key. That way you can A/B test it. Just hit the 0 key and check out the difference. You can then go through and see what I did.
If you want to look deeper into mixing techniques I suggest you check out my Mix Down Toolset. It has a huge collection of tools to level up the mix.
Here are some more articles that also look deeper into the techniques used in the example.
If you have downloaded the example and found your own tweaks, feel free to share in the comments below.