Brazilian Girls are a funky and eccentric dance music group from NYC and in this full-length mixing tutorial Grammy winner Carlos “El Loco” Bedoya mixes their single “The Critic” from start to finish.
The production is deceptively simple, learn how El Loco Bedoya builds the mix track by track, applying EQ, compression and effects that bring out the details and energy of the song.
To add an extra layer of difficulty into the mix there are two entire sets of drum tracks that combine together into an intricate and complex groove, not your typical dance music production.
Carlos reveals how he:
Imports mix settings from other songs on the album for a consistent sound
Tames harshness and muddiness on the drums using dynamic EQ
Uses both subtle and extreme compression settings to shape the dynamics and transients of tracks
Adding vibe and character to the key elements of the song with creative filtering and distortion
Creating a big and clear sounding bass tone with amp emulation and effects
Tweaking the attack and sustain of individual drums for the perfect balance of punch and tone to the drums
Makes creative and unique vocal processing chains to create vocals that occupy the perfect space inside the mix
Learn how an award-winning producer/engineer creates a dynamic and creative mix for a quirky and hip dance music group.
BONUS: Don't forget to download the exercise files and practice mixing the song for yourself! The artist was gracious enough to allow pureMixers the chance to try their hand at mixing a portion of the song using the same raw multitrack stems Carlos “El Loco” Bedoya mixed. Put your skills to the test and apply some of your new found techniques.
locobedoya •Tuesday, June 21, 2022
"Mult" is a harmonizer to bring a bit of width to the main vocals and other insruments along the way, and the "Club" is a medium sized room used to get the band in a familiar space. The timing is related to the speed of the track and the cadence of the vocals, but that explanation may have been lost on editing. This video is a condensation of 9 hours of mixing!
sirthought •Sunday, July 5, 2020
I really enjoyed many aspects of this tutorial and I hope Carlos can do more, especially with bands like this one. I do wish he had spent time in the beginning talking about his main buses, because there was really no detail on what those were. I still don't know what Mult and Club were, nor what kind of times where on his plate. Yeah, we can choose our own but I'd love to hear what he's thinking about. And the master bus just kind of showed what he was using but nothing on what he looking for nor what processing was inserted.
Highlands Recording Arts •Sunday, August 26, 2018
Great project to work on Muchas gracias Senior Bedoya! - When I listen to this group - I can not help but think about Devo! Its VERY Devo'ish (And thats a good thing!)
aariza_01 •Friday, February 16, 2018
please subtitles in Spanish! Thanks!!
thedaviddobs •Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Cannot download the Exercise Files because chrome says "Failed - Network error"
Audio Art •Thursday, December 21, 2017
Fantastic to see one done on DP. Surprised how many stock plugs were used. May have to revisit some. Multi-Mode Filter on vocals was sweet. Fun, quirky song.
tibby •Sunday, December 17, 2017
Interesting,great mix,well done.Looks like Jjedi of mixing,but he really need to grow up a bit
fencker •Thursday, December 14, 2017
Interesting way of mixing! Pretty awesome instructor :D
jerboythegreat •Thursday, December 14, 2017
TERRIFIC INSTRUCTION AND GREAT TO SEE DIGITAL PERFORMER AS THE DAW.
vlakanas •Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Even though I don't use most of the plug ins he uses, interesting the way he does it. I guess, EQ, EQ and more EQ.
thando1988 •Tuesday, December 12, 2017
where are the exercise files?
El Timba •Tuesday, December 12, 2017
No Nosens process, very practical way to solve issues. Like this way.