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As a Musician, Singer-Songwriter, or Sound Engineer, have you ever struggled with mixing?
Whether in your home studio, recording and mixing your own songs… or mixing live shows, you know how frustrating it can be when you don’t know where to start.
Have you ever worked your butt of recording your song, and then when you listened to it in your car, the mix was terrible?
The vocals are muddy and lost, the drums have no punch. Something is off, but you don't know what it is because you can’t identify the frequencies cluttering up the mix...
You've heard that EQing the sound system is important for mixing a great sounding live show but you have no idea how to do that.
Maybe you feel like you don’t even know what a professional mix should sound like, let alone how to begin to create one yourself.
It's so frustrating when you're mixing and re-mixing, trying this plug-in and that one, adding more and more compression but the mix isn't getting any better. You have no idea what to do.
After investing so much of your time, you'd hate to turn around now and pay a ton of money for someone else to mix it.
What you might not realize is that...
EQ is one of the best tools for not only creating, but also shaping and enhancing the experience your audience has, while listening to your music.
Many people make the mistake of trying to use compression to fix or improve their mix when in fact minor EQ adjustments are often what's needed to make your songs sound more professional.
But what most people don't know is the trick to using EQ, is simply ear training and frequency recognition.
When you learn how to LISTEN critically, the world of mixing will open up for you. You'll be shocked at how uncomplicated it really is.
Hi, I'm Michelle Sabolchick Pettinato
For the past 30 years I've been the Sound Engineer for some of the most recognizable names in music...
Goo Goo Dolls
and many more...
I've mixed thousands of shows on tour with these artists all over the world, in every size and shape of venue. I've done all major festivals from Coachella to Download and TV from The Grammy's to SNL.
I've even been inducted into the Full Sail University Hall of Fame.
So yeah... I've been doing this a long time.
But when I first started mixing, I had no idea how to EQ anything or what things should even sound like. I also found it very difficult to memorize frequencies.
I can still remember what it feels like to be incredibly frustrated when you can’t create the great mix you want, because you just don’t know how to get there.
Through the years I’ve watched aspiring musicians and engineers struggle. Even after graduating from some of the best music and technical schools, they had no idea where to start with EQ.
They also have a hard time learning frequencies because trying to memorize a 400Hz tone is very different from being able to hear 400Hz in a mix or a track.
Most schools and books teach you what EQ is, but there is very little info out there that actually teaches you how to use it.
What’s missing are some very important steps:
you need to know what things should sound like
you need to be able to hear the frequencies and intricate details of sounds
AND for that you need to know how to LISTEN
Once you understand what you are hearing, EQ becomes easy, and the techniques for using EQ are simple to master.
I am here to help you put all of this together, so YOU can create professional sounding mixes.
Creating a professional sounding mix is easy, when you know how to listen and what to listen for.
GREAT MIXES SELL SONGS
The music industry has changed.
As a musician there are so many opportunities to put your music to work for you- cdbaby, direct downloads, sync licensing and placements, streaming, etc.
A professional sounding mix is essential to being taken seriously as an artist. If you want your song to be a hit, it needs to sound like a hit.
As a sound engineer, the pandemic has left many without work and wondering how to keep up their skills and stay on top of their game.
The truth is there’s a lot of competition out there, whether you’re an indie musician, singer-songwriter pitching your songs, or a sound engineer trying to get more work, your mixes need to sound great if you want people to LISTEN.
The secret to a great mix is:
A great mix starts with great production.
Great production starts with great sounds.
Great sounds are shaped with EQ.
Fortunately EQ is NOT this complicated and technical thing that only engineers can understand.
You may have been told...
that you need to spend a lot of money on expensive gear and sound shaping plug-ins to get a professional sounding mix.
But it’s not the gear that creates a great mix... And all of that expensive gear won't fix a bad mix.
It's also extremely frustrating paying for expensive 'Pros' who are dismissive and just talk down to you and still don't give you the results you want.
The fact is, if you can hear the difference between a car horn and a whistle, you can create great mixes.
Implementing my 3-step process will allow you to hear what needs to be adjusted in your mix and know exactly what to do to fix it.
Here's what a few artists have said about working with Michelle...
TOMMY SHAW- STYX
Guitarist and Vocalist
When I know Michelle's gonna be there...
Whatever shape or size the room is, the drums are booming, the bass is nice and fat and round, the vocals are crisp and right out there where they need to be, the solos are loud.
It's a fun thing to listen to and it's what we want for our fans...
Bass Player- Mr Big, Winery Dogs
Michelle has been Front of House mixer for every show of Mr Big since 2009.
We never use pre-recorded tracks, so a high level of expertise on vocals is essential— one of her specialties.
Her masterful treatment of guitar, bass, and drums, and anything else we’ve ever had to deal with is spectacular.
AMY RAY & EMILY SAILERS
We have so much regard for Michelle and worked with her for many years.
She’s a great sound engineer, just so creative. She would always have advice about what sounded better, this or that as far as instruments go.
I always relied on her a lot as a sound engineer.
The best Producers and Engineers aren't born with better hearing than you...
Can you distinguish the difference between a snare drum and a bass drum?
Can you pick out your best friend's voice in a crowded and noisy room?
Can you identify your favorite song within the first three notes?
If the answer to these questions is yes, then can learn how to create a great mix with whatever gear you've got.
The shortcut to a great mix IS learning how to LISTEN and even more specifically, how to properly use EQ.
The truth is most of what the engineer is doing is simple EQ tweaks, which you can learn yourself, without the need for expensive equipment or sound shaping plug-ins.
Creating professional mixes is not as hard as you’ve been led to believe.
LISTEN! is the Premier Digital Course designed to teach you how to Master the EQ Techniques of the Pros to Create Brilliant Mixes
HOW YOU'LL GET THERE
Using my proprietary H.I.T. Production Process, you’ll learn the three steps that will allow you to create professional sounding mixes.
Step 1: HEAR
You'll learn how to hear the intricate details of instruments and frequencies.
Step 2: IDENTIFY
You'll learn how to identify what needs to be adjusted in the mix.
Step 3: TWEAK
You'll learn the same EQ tweaks the Pros use to make your mix shine.
WHAT YOU'LL GET WHEN YOU ENROLL
My H.I.T. Production Process for creating a great mix
9 Ear Training exercises in Critical Listening
2 EQ Training Exercises
A Curated Playlist for listening homework
7 Different ways to learn frequencies
Checklist for a Great Mix
'Where's That Sound?' Frequency Chart
Over 30 Downloadable Audio files to practice with
Certificate of Completion
Bonus Module with:
'Which Filter' Quick Reference Guide
Downloadable Course Workbook with all exercises
Downloadable Lesson Transcripts
Downloadable MP3s of each lesson
Read on for more details...
MODULE 1: HEAR
How does a Producer or Engineer know where to start when mixing? What should things sound like? You'll start training your ears to hear things the way they do in Module 1.
- How to HEAR the intricate details of the instruments and vocals in a mix, by applying specific critical listening techniques,
How EQ is used in creating, shaping and balancing your mix.
How to go from hearing a great mix to creating one.
The one thing that makes using EQ effortless.
MODULE 2: IDENTIFY
Before using EQ you need to Identify the frequency that needs to be adjusted. In this Module you'll focus your ear training on Frequencies.
- Seven different ways to easily IDENTIFY frequencies.
- How to quickly identify the specific frequency you need to adjust that is causing problems in your mix.
- How to add punch to your drums and clean up a muddy vocal.
- You'll also get audio files to download and practice with.
MODULE 3: TWEAK
What’s the correct way to apply EQ? How do you deal with instruments competing with each other for space in the mix? In Module 3 you’ll dive into specific EQ techniques for TWEAKING instruments and vocals.
- The #1 thing you need to to do get great sounds.
- The super simple technique to EQ'ing anything.
- How instantly add more clarity to a track or mix.
The tool for sculpting your mix with laser like precision.
MODULE: 4 EQ For Live Performances
Bad sound can ruin even the best performance. Learn some simple techniques for great sounding live shows that are feedback free.
- The key to great live vocals.
- The number 1 tip for preventing feedback in live sound.
- How to improve your stage sound.
- Best practices for using EQ.
LIVE COACHING through the program.
4 Weekly group sessions with Michelle, to help you get the most out of LISTEN! (with select plans)
Additional Bonus Lessons Featuring other Industry Experts.
Downloadable Course Workbook with all of the Listening and EQ Exercises.
My Quick Reference Guides:
- Which Filter?
- Where’s That Sound? Frequency Chart
- 7 Easy Ways to Learn Frequencies
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT LISTEN!
Multi-instrumentalist, Berklee College of Music Alum
“You should be charging 10X’s the price of this course, because that’s what I paid at Berklee, and the critical listening and mixing lessons are so much better in LISTEN!.
We used to listen to sine waves and pink noise, and none of that translated when I was trying to clean up my cymbals or get my guitars to stand out in my recordings and live shows.
Your lesson showing how to use notes on my guitar or another instrument to identify frequencies is GENIUS.”
"LISTEN! is awesome. I’m a lifelong musician and have never heard music like I hear it now. Now I can mix much better, but more importantly I can talk to producers about the sound I am looking for. This is increasing my network connections so important to my music career."
“Before enrolling in LISTEN!...I struggled with how to identify frequencies and listen correctly. I didn’t realize what I was doing wrong. Now I can now use EQ with confidence.
I’ve spent a lot of money for other online learning things that didn’t help me to shape my mix until I enrolled LISTEN!.”
"LISTEN! is such a valuable course. Before enrolling in LISTEN! I couldn’t create separation and clarity without boosting the sound into oblivion. Now I can use EQ to sculpt a mix, I know how to hear and what to cut.
If you produce your own material in a home studio, this course is an absolute must. The pain of listening back to all the mistakes I made in previous releases is being replaced by the joy of some of the best sounding tracks I have ever produced—and it's down to Michelle's easy to apply expertise."
Simon J Boniface
"The course offered absolutely brilliant advice and time to practice. It gave musical examples and time to listen objectively to different styles of music.
I particularly liked the charts which can help pin point an eq area which may need adjustment. It has helped me to become less scientific and more about listening to when it comes to eq."
Whether you’re creating music for fun or to earn a living, if you wish you had the confidence and skill to create professional sounding mixes...