R&B is a soulful genre, and there's few people with more soul than David Isaac. David has spent decades Engineering and Producing for many of the world's biggest R&B artists, including Luther Vandross, Marcus Miller, Michael Jackson, and many, many more A-List performers.
In this 3 hour tutorial video, you'll learn deep secrets about the art of mixing while benefiting from the years of experience that David brings to the table. Topics like radio-ready vocal treatments, EQ'ing rhodes & bass, and mixing your drums to create space, depth, and dimension, are all covered hear.
But the best part of this tutorial is the inside tips and knowledge that David drops along the way. Listening to a veteran of the Motown scene describe why certain mix concepts have come to be is like taking a history lesson in the theory of R&B. If you want your songs to sound like the music on the radio, this tutorial is the best possible place for you to start.
To see a full list of the topics covered in this tutorial, see the Table of Contents.
Whew! This is a long course, but one of the best! Unless you are working in a studio, chances are rare that you'll have a chance to look over the shoulder and learn from an arranger like David Issac! David takes apart and rearranges every aspect of the example song and adds the finishing touches to make it work better. Along the way, his knowledge of the 60's & 60's R&B styling are introduced and added to the mix. He delves into what makes a good mix and how to achieve depth and harmony between the instruments, vocals, and effects so that all can shine through. Make time for this course!!
Funkfan wrote on December 22, 2015
Parts are corny and the first half is a bit long in the tooth but overall some good pointers on creating dimensionality in the song. It would be nice if David used more modern tools (LPX and Ozone) but this may be an old tutorial.
KD wrote on July 21, 2015
The best tutorial I've seen on mixing so far. Very thorough in detail and easy to follow. Great Job David! Please do more! Thank you!
Totally impressed!!! wrote on October 22, 2014
Mr Isaac is one of the few that I can listen to and hear a big difference in the before and after.
s.24 wrote on September 17, 2014
excellent lesson and well presented by david issac.
this is my first lesson mixing r'n'b in logic. i found the lessons most helpful. well done to ya all at
mac pro video.
Clay Collins wrote on January 11, 2014
Very good course. David Isaac breaks it down very clearly and I gained a lot of insight for mixing this genre:-) I found it fascinating that in the whole tutorial, I didn't see him use any compressors on the tracks. Perhaps that is a definitive trademark of the era. No wonder my R&B mixes sound over compressed;-)
If you like the dry and tight R&B sound of the 70's this is perfect for you. Truly great course!!!
Mountain Monkey wrote on September 5, 2013
I just wanted to say, it was a great tutorial and really helped me to improve my mixes. IÂ´m semi professional, have worked in pro studios, had some of my music published but now just work from my home studio. I originally learned a lot when I was working on my tracks with a studio engineer, unfortunately thatÂ´s no longer possible for me at the moment so this tutorial was something quite similar. What an opportunity to learn from somebody with so much experience.
What I gained most from this was moderating how much eq, effects etc I use, use of panning and giving instruments more space, I kind of knew that in theory but didnÂ´t always follow it, after watching the tutorial I went back to a track I had just started, applied quite a bit of what I learned and wow what a difference. A big thanks to David Issacs for doing it and to Macprovideo for offering it, I look forward to more of these kinds of tutorials from seasoned professionals with a lot of commercial experience. A bargain at this price to learn so much!
C1ph3rd wrote on July 6, 2013
Really insightful review of taking an R&B song through the mixing process to get a suitable yet interesting sound.
Anthony wrote on July 2, 2013
I've just finished David Isaac's Mixing R&B. It's unbelievable how much of his experience he's let on. There's so much priceless info; and I sure will be using this course as a reference for a while..
Anthony wrote on July 1, 2013
I've just learnt so much on mixing vocals using buses etc. The Mixing R&B course is so good, it's ridiculous how much I've learnt in such a short time. I wish they were more stars on here to give.....