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Greg Townley's mixing credits include films Sideways & Wedding Crashers, and artists Usher & Lil' Kim … Learn how Hollywood's Premiere Audio Engineer creates Sonic Space in his film and music mixes.
Some mixes sound flat and boring. Others give the illusion that you’ve been enveloped in a vast 3D universe where every sound and every track exists and flourishes in its very own sonic space. These are the mixes that really stand out from the crowd and capture our imagination.
Creating three dimensional soundscapes is what has made Greg Townley -Hollywood’s premiere mixer and sound designer- famous. In this wonderful tutorial, Sonic Dimension, Greg brings to macProVideo the first of several mixing tutorials explaining how he creates his incredible sonic masterpieces. He shows us his finely tuned techniques and explains how we can give our mixes the same sonic illusion complete with front to back, side to side and high and low dimensions.
Greg Townley is one of Hollywood’s goto mixers for feature films, trailers, soundtracks and sessions. His feature film mixing credits include such hits as: Sideways, Wedding Crashers and Blackhawk Down. His session work includes artists like: Alicia Keys, Alanis Morissette, Usher, Lil’ Kim, Chris Isaacs and Liz Phair.
When someone as talented as Greg Townley shares the techniques that keep him on top of Hollywood’s “A List” it’s important for all of us to listen up and learn something! So sit back, watch and listen because we know that you’ll pick up a tip or two to give your mixes the musical magic of Sonic Dimension.
- (The) Art of Audio Recording 101: Introduction to Recording
- (The) Art of Audio Recording 102: Recording Drums
- (The) Art of Audio Recording 103: Recording Guitars
- (The) Art of Audio Recording 104: Recording Vocals
- (The) Art of Audio Recording 105: Recording Strings
- (The) Art of Audio Recording 201: Dynamics
- (The) Art of Audio Recording 202: Spatial Effects
- (The) Art of Audio Recording 203: EQ
- (The) Art of Audio Recording 301: From Demo to Master
- (The) Art of Audio Recording 302: The Mix
- (The) Art of Audio Recording 401: Touring An SSL Console
- Analog Mixing Consoles: Layout, Signal Flow and I/O
- Greg Townley 101: Sonic Dimension in Mixing
- Greg Townley 102: Sonic Dimension: Expanded
- Recording The Grand Piano: The Dave Brubeck Sessions
- Rich Tozzoli 301: Producing and Mixing Guitars
- Rich Tozzoli 302: Mix Digital, Sound Analog!
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Sonic Dimension by Greg Townley has been a great follow up to the MPV Home Studio acoustics and studio construction courses. The mix workflow that Greg presents is similar to the workflow that I have been learning in my current college mixing course. I am looking forward to the Sonic Dimension: Expanded class, which should elaborate on intermediate/advanced techniques for the concepts presented in these tutorials.
Very useful course, smart and well done. Hope to see more videos like this one in the future.
Did this course as I was curious to learn something new not related to typical music creation and I must admit that I was totally surprised about the quality of this course. Did it in a straight run, simply can't stop watching...
A very interesting course. Lots of great ideas for next level mixing. I am plowing right through to the sequel!
Really superb course highly recommended to anyone wishing to learn how mixing is done by a true pro.
Greg Townley introduced dimensions to mixing like I've never experienced before, I look forwards to more tutorials from this scholar of the mix.
Excellent course. It gets to the very inside psycho acoustics and explains in details and yet very clearly how to achieve this desired depth of field effect into the music during the mix phase. Thank you!!!
great insight into spatial effects chains. enjoyed the detail. thanks
This course is taught on Protools, so I was not familiar with the layouts, being a Logic user. However, I wanted to glean what I could because I have heard that you must mix in three dimensions, and Greg did enough explaining so that I understood the gist and will be able to find the same elements in Logic.
A good basic study of using all 3 dimensions in the mix, though I would have liked a bit more exposition on the different kinds of scenarios in which specific kinds of spatial positioning are needed.
Great course definitely learned a lot about depth in a mix this will help me greatly in the future.
If your mix stinks, it doesn't matter how good your recording was. Don't be a victim of a bad mix by watching this tutorial!!!!!!
Very good tutorial,thank you MPV.
Excellent real-world walk through! All the details with nothing left to question and wonder about.
I found some very useful tips that I can use in my productions thanks to this course.
very good tutorial! on how to place sound into the stereo spectrum from back to front. I think Greg Townley does a great job explaining how to do this.
Truly Awesome!!! I will definitely be using all of these tools in all of my future mixes. Please give us more tutorials like this. Thanks a million!
Some really interesting ideas here on using sonic effects to build a multidimensional sound stage. This is not multichannel surround sound, but depth created through frequency, volume, width, etc.
Cool to see how a pro works - I picked up a lot of little tricks which I'm excited to implement, and beyond that, I valued simply seeing the similarities & differences to the ways I work.
What an absolutely phenomenal course. I wish all the other courses were of this outstanding calibre. Greg takes you through a step by step example that teaches you more than you can imagine... a must see for anyone who is involved in the recording process....
What a phenomenal course. Greg Townley really shows you how to change a sound from plain and boring to awesome, and how to put it anywhere you want in the stereo field.
Greg you and you knowledge is unprecented. I have learned so much from this one tutorial and gained so much "never would have learned reading" information. This is one of the best and most well taught tutorial on this site. I personally want to thank you. Jacob Norman
This is a great tutorial, I tend to struggle to use reverb effectively. This is just the kind of helpful instruction I needed. Greg manages to cover in just under an hour stuff that could take someone years to figure out for themselves. Thank you for making this video.
This tutorial has uncovered many sonic mysteries for me. Truly inspiring stuff!
This tutorial is life changing. Thanks Greg.
I'd have to say that this tutorial was one of my favorite as it gives you an idea of how to place your sounds to get that deep space feeling. It's amazing the things you can do sonically with the right knowledge of things.
Excellent, I'd like to see more tutorial on mixing, like this
I have never learned more, or have been inspired more in under one hour in all my years of music. As someone else wrote, this truly was an "epiphany." And more than anything I would absolutely LOVE to learn Greg Townley's Sonic principles applied to a standard 4 or 5-piece band. This was the best video series I have ever seen!
one of the best !!! ....thank you Greg you opened my ears for better mixing !!! Sonic Dimensions.....please we want MORE from you Greg !!!
One of the most inspirational videos I've seen on music mixing - I was able to put this to use immediately and got results I was very happy with.
Dimension... that´s what is all about, and Greg showed magnificent techniques for achieving that in a simple mix. Anxiously waiting for the next tutorial.
In my 20 years as music producer I have visited many trainigs(SAE, class room trainings, workshops, e.g...) but I have never seen so much know how, transferred in such a compact way to learn. Great stuff!
Excellent! My mixes improved immediately. In agreement with another reviewer, using "real" instrument in demonstration would be a suggestion. Otherwise, very clear, well-paced and concise.
Can't wait for the next one! Absolutely perfect. Would love to see a tutorial with a focus on vocal production and mixing harmony.
WOW, this is nothing short of major league Professional sit-down one on one. What do you get out of this tutorial? An "Epiphany" (a moment of sudden revelation or insight) is my take way. If you're working at improving your mixing skills and conceptual understanding, this is a mandatory watch. The critical details Greg shares and explains are so extremely valuable and effective. Hope to see more from this trainer.
cool training I enjoyed a lot, and my mix sound better
This tutorial and others like it, are what set M.P.V. apart from the crush. Greg Townley gets to the nitty gritty right away. Recording and preserving depth of field in music, this is why we are all here. This session has definably furthered my mind.
I was hesitant to purchase this tutorial as I thought, how much can I learn in 52 mins. It turns out, quiet a lot actually. I have watched every Logic tutorial and some and this has been my favourite so far. Greg is a real pro with lots of subtle tips on how to improve your mix. He also provides a few tips for manipulating audio that are worth the price of admission alone. If you are interested in learning how you can improve your mix and routing in the box, then this tutorial is for you. I personally, really hope to see more from Gerg in the future. Great quality. Thank You!
This is an absolute superb tutorial. Really helped me to add depth to my mixes. recommended to both beginners and the more advanced producers.
It was very interesting to peek into the kitchen of a professional , it was a clear and informative tutorial focusing on a creative vision of music production .
Very informative and helpful! I'd say it's worth it. Enjoy!
This is a very good tutorial. The only thing I would like to see different - or in a different tutorial - is to use acoustic instruments playing a "standard" piece of music. The ambient noise example used here is handy for illustrating key concepts, but an example with a small combo or even an orchestra playing a piece where you have changing soloists, a couple of instruments in harmony, etc. would be very welcome.
I hesitated at first about buying this tut because it was done in Protools instead of Logic, but was convinced by Rounik it was worth the shot anyway by the fact the instructions were software agnostic. I'm very glad I did. Bravo, the presentation is clear to the point, thorough, short & sweet, right M. Tomley? Deserves to be watched again to get the pro subtleties, like less is more. Steve H is still my main man though.
Finally a mixing tutorial for professional mixers. This is fantastic! One of the best I've seen. Greg's technics aren't necessarily new, but combining them the way he does makes for amazing audio texturing and dimension. Thanks for a great video, Greg! Truly top-notch.
Another great tutorial. Thoughtfully presented and well paced. Breaks down, and then puts back together a mix - with effects and routing and back story - explained very clearly. Just try asking a great magician to show you how they create their illusion - likely they'll say NO. Townley says "here ya go". Cool!