Mixing Secrets For The Small Studio - Additional Resources

The 'Mixing Secrets' Free Multitrack Download Library - Suggestions For Newbies!

Now that the multitrack library is so expansive, I often get requests from mixing newbies asking for suggested ‘starter’ projects – in other words, multitracks which aren’t too technically challenging to mix and don’t require heavy sound-salvage or rearrangement work. In response to this, I’ve put together this shortlist, roughly in order of difficulty so that people can work through them in series if they like. Bear in mind, though, that while a respectable mix of any of these projects shouldn’t be too tricky, doing a great mix still takes considerable care and practice. For mixing tips and advice from me and many other mix engineers, head over to the Cambridge-MT Discussion Zone and check out the appropriate sub-forum – or just follow the direct ‘Mixes & Discussion’ link alongside each multitrack listing. In addition, many of these projects have been featured in my Sound On Sound magazine Mix Rescue columns and in the , so there are masses of tips (with accompanying audio demonstrations) to be had there too.

All downloads from this site are provided free of charge for educational purposes only, and the material contained in them should not be used for any commercial purpose without the express permission of the copyright holders. For projects hosted on other sites, please refer to their separate conditions of use. For more specific information on using the contents of this library in portfolios, research, publicity, competitions, teaching materials, etc. please refer to the usage FAQs.

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Project Levels

Entry Level Projects

Bolz & Knecht

Guitar/Sax Acoustic Duo

Support the band here and here.

Camilla Francesca Bull

Classical Opera

Support the artist here. As featured in Sound On Sound magazine's August 2017 Session Notes. This recording session is featured in the Cambridge-MT tutorial video ‘Recording A Solo Singer With Piano Accompanist’.

  • 'Va! Laisse Couler Mes Larmes' Mixes & Discussion
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      6 Tracks: 26 MB
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      6 Tracks: 105 MB
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  • W.A.Mozart's 'Voi Che Sapete' Mixes & Discussion
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      6 Tracks: 33 MB
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    • Full Multitrack
      6 Tracks: 134 MB
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Jesper Buhl Trio

Acoustic Jazz

Support the band here. As featured in Sound On Sound magazine's April 2008 Mix Rescue. For in-depth mix tips and audio demonstrations relating to this project, check out the the June 2018 Cambridge-MT Patrons Podcast.

  • 'What Is This Thing Called Love' Mixes & Discussion
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      6 Tracks: 39 MB
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      6 Tracks: 332 MB
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Mirroman

A Capella Duo

Support the artist here.

Sound On Sound Demo

Hip-Hop/R&B

Unlike most of the other multitracks, these files have already been processed to create a decent balance immediately. However, everything’s bone-dry, so the project is handy for experimenting with the sweetener effects discussed in Part 4 of the book.

Speak Softly

Atmospheric Electronic Pop

Support the band here, here and here.

Small-Scale Projects for Building Confidence

Angels In Amplifiers

Smooth Acoustic Rock

For in-depth mix tips and audio demonstrations relating to this project, check out the the August 2017 Cambridge-MT Patrons Podcast.

Benjamin John

Acoustic Indie Pop

Support the artist here. For in-depth mix tips and audio demonstrations relating to this project, check out the the April 2016 Cambridge-MT Patrons Podcast.

'Son Of Grace' (Album Selection)

c:fx

Progressive Trance

Support the artist here.

Diesel13

Alt Country/Americana

Support the artist here.

Dino On The Loose

Jazz Fusion

Support the band here. For in-depth mix tips and audio demonstrations relating to this project, check out the the January 2018 Cambridge-MT Patrons Podcast.

Don Camillo Choir

German Unaccompanied Choir

Support the choir here. As featured in Sound On Sound magazine's April 2017 Session Notes.

'Kasimir's Adventure' (Album Selection)

Leaf

Atmospheric Indie Pop

Support the band here.

Maurizio Pagnutti Sextet

Acoustic Jazz

Support the band here. Many thanks to Grammy-nominated producer Stefano Amerio of Artesuono Recording Studio for contributing these multitracks.

Secretariat

Americana

Support the band here.

Spektakulatius

Acoustic Jazz Songs

Support the band here. As featured in Sound On Sound magazine's June 2015 Session Notes and July 2015 and August 2015 Mix Rescue.

'Sommeredition' (Album Selection)
  • 'Is You Is Or Is You Ain't' Mixes & Discussion
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      10 Tracks: 39 MB
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    • Full Multitrack
      10 Tracks: 243 MB
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  • 'Our Love Is Here To Stay' Mixes & Discussion
    • Edited Excerpt
      10 Tracks: 58 MB
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    • Full Multitrack
      10 Tracks: 296 MB
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  • 'Wayfaring Stranger' Mixes & Discussion
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      9 Tracks: 62 MB
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    • Full Multitrack
      9 Tracks: 336 MB
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    You can download Mike's full Cockos Reaper mix project for this multitrack here. Full details of the small-studio location recording setup used for this song can be found here.

Triviul

Leftfield Pop/Electronica

Support the artist here.

'I Am A Musician' (Album Selection)

Zwiepack

Jazz Duo/Trio

Support the band here and here. As featured in Sound On Sound magazine's May 2016 Session Notes.

'Strictly Commercial' (Album Selection)

Larger-Scale Projects with some Small Challenges

Andrey Yaroshinsky & The Gnessin Academy Chamber Orchestra

Live Orchestral Recording

Many thanks to Andrey Yaroshinsky and Moscow’s Gnessin Academy for contributing these multitracks.

Angela Thomas Wade

Country

Support the artist here. For in-depth mix tips and audio demonstrations relating to this project, check out the the November 2018 Cambridge-MT Patrons Podcast.

APZX

Progressive Trance

Support the artist here and here.

The Balazs Daniel Boogie Woogie Trio

Traditional Boogie Woogie

Support the band here and here. As featured in Sound On Sound magazine's May 2017 Mix Rescue. You can download Mike's full Cockos Reaper mix project for this multitrack here. For in-depth mix tips and audio demonstrations relating to this project, check out the the May 2017 Cambridge-MT Patrons Podcast.

Bobby Nobody

Indie Pop/Rock

Support the band here. As featured in Sound On Sound magazine's November 2009 Mix Rescue.

The Brew

Rock

These multitracks have been kindly provided by Telefunken - for more details click here. Many thanks to the band for contributing these multitracks.

David Tyo

Acoustic Singer-Songwriter

Support the artist here.

Hollow Ground

Death Metal

Support the band here.

James May

Acoustic Singer-Songwriter

Support the artist here.

Jay Menon

Intimate Pop Ballad

As featured in Sound On Sound magazine's January 2010 Mix Rescue. Many thanks to the artist for contributing these multitracks.

Johnny Lokke

Classic Heavy Rock

Support the artist here.

Jokers, Jacks & Kings

Uptempo Indie Rock

Support the band here and here. As featured in Sound On Sound magazine's April 2012 Mix Rescue. You can download Mike's full Steinberg Cubase mix project for this multitrack here.

J P Lantieri

Progressive House

Support the artist here and here.

Magician's Nephew

Riff Rock

Support the band here. As featured in Sound On Sound magazine's January 2019 Session Notes.

Wesley Morgan

Dark Blues/Americana

Support the artist here. These Multitracks were recorded and mixed at Tiny Telephone studios by renowned engineer Oz Fritz.

West End Blend

Soul/Funk

Support the band here. These multitracks have been kindly provided by Telefunken - for more details click here. For in-depth mix tips and audio demonstrations relating to this project, check out the the October 2019 Cambridge-MT Patrons Podcast.