Seattle, WA (October 12, 2005)–In reaction to the recently released DVD/Pro Tools session-based mixing course Mix it Like a Record, several industry audio pros, including Roger Nichols, Eric Schilling, Juan Patiño, Kenny Gioia, Tommy Torres, and Ronny Cates have given the product their endorsement and commended Kagi Media and Charles Dye for successfully taking on the elusive subject of mixing.
“Great project and well done,” said seven-time Grammy winner Roger Nichols (Steely Dan, Donald Fagen, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Frank Zappa). “Fantastic coverage of every step in the mixing process–very informative insight into the provocative mixing style of Charles Dye.”
“Dye has tackled a topic I wouldn’t even know where to begin with, and succeeds with Mix It Like A Record,” continued Eric Schilling, a 12-time Grammy winner who has worked with Elton John, Shakira, David Bowie, and Quincy Jones. “Its DVD and Pro Tools sessions create a framework for the subject of mixing that provide a path the younger engineer, producer or musician can take to jump-start their learning process, bypassing much trial and error.
Dye, a Grammy winning engineer, mixer and producer in his own right, teaches the techniques that have brought him success with artists such as Lauryn Hill, Jon Bon Jovi, Sammy Hagar, and Julio Iglesias. He adeptly demonstrates how to get big sounding, record-quality mixes using the latest plug-ins, infuse emotion into the music with automation, and bring out the star quality of the artist. The DVD features three hours of instruction and 40 Pro Tools TDM and LE sessions on the ROM layer.
Tommy Torres, a multi-platinum producer, artist and songwriter who has worked with Ricky Martin, Son by Four, Jaci Velasquez, and Paulina Rubio said, “The user gets to see and hear every step and decision Dye makes during a mix from beginning to end. You can actually hear what each of the processes is doing to the sound. I watched it with my studio headphones on and could hear every nuance of every plug-in.”
“However, Mix It Like A Record‘s most outstanding achievement goes beyond the technical aspects and into the ‘mojo’ of mixing: the concepts, theory and feel of what to look for when mixing a song,” Torres continues. “I’ve always found those are the hardest things to put into words and yet Dye found several ways of explaining the concepts in a very, dare I say, INSPIRING way.”
Mix It Like A Record provides hundreds of tips and techniques on plug-ins by Digidesign, DUY, Focusrite, iZotope, Line6, McDSP, Princeton Digital, Sony Oxford, SoundToys, TL Labs, Unique Recording Software (URS), Universal Audio, and Waves.
“This DVD offers a nice emphasis on the need for a healthy blend between emotion and technique,” said Juan Patiño, a Grammy nominated producer, mixer, and songwriter for artists such as Lisa Loeb, Jewel and Eric Benet. “I especially dug how this tutorial maintained a clear and approachable way of breaking down the mix, so that both enthusiasts and experts could learn to make cooler sounding mixes in much less time. The bundled mix templates and actual Pro Tools sessions provide us with a wickedly useful ‘cheat sheet’ or map across Charles’ landscape. Now more than ever, I’m impressed by his willingness to invite folks into his bag of tricks.”
“With Mix It Like A Record, Dye has provided a great product and learning tool that is relevant to all interested in making their mixes sound better,” added multi-platinum producer, engineer, and mixer Ronny Cates. “This DVD is full of useful information and provides an interactive approach for the viewer to try Charles’ proven techniques on their own DAW. One of the main thoughts Dye teaches the viewer is that mixes are, and should be, emotional and interactive with the listener. In order for the listener to react emotionally to a song, the mix must be presented in this way.”
“Mix It Like A Recordis a one of a kind product,” said multi-platinum producer, engineer and mixer Kenny Gioia (Lee Ann Womack, Mandy Moore, Hall & Oates, Aaron Carter). “This DVD is perfect for the beginner, or even the mixing professional who wants a glimpse of how Charles Dye has become one of the most innovative DAW mixers in this ever changing landscape. I highly recommend this product to anyone who mixes or is thinking of mixing on a DAW.”
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