Ready To Pitch

How does a pro engineer mix a killer rock song…that was cut in a garage?

What secrets do they use to get it “ready to pitch” to a publisher, label, or radio station?


Have you ever experienced any of these?

  • Record a drummer that could use a little (or a lot of) help with his timing
  • Produce a vocalist who needs their pitch tweaked?
  • Do you have trouble getting your layers of guitars to fit in the mix, or finding just the right sense of space for your bass?
  • Need to create new intros & outros that add excitement to the track.
  • Build in loops and percussion to add that modern “produced” sound.
  • Pre-master the final mix as you take a garage recorded rock song to a full on production that’s truly “Ready to Pitch!

Then experience this 5-hour hands-on walk through the fast-paced editing and mixing toolset of award winning engineer Kevin Ward.  You’ll learn his super-fast techniques for bringing your home studio tracks to the next level in record time!

Boxshot Ready to Pitch

“Ready to Pitch” shows you the ins and outs of editing and mixing rock drums, bass, guitar, loops and vocals with Beat Detective, Melodyne, Ozone and more!

Download now, work alongside Kevin on the included session, and start getting your tracks Ready to Pitch for only $49.95

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kevin-ward-studio-crop.jpgKevin Ward is one of the most sought-after engineers and producers in Gospel music.

In addition to his talents in musical production, Kevin is an accomplished songwriter.  His song, “Teach Me To Love Like That (LordSong)”, was nominated for Bluegrass Song of the Year at the 35th Annual DOVE Awards.

In 2007, Ward was given the Southern Gospel Music Guild’s Creative Support Award, and later that year won his first DOVE award in production. Kevin currently resides in Murfreesboro, Tennessee with his wife Janna, and is a co-owner of Vine Records.

  • 1. Where the song came from
  • …Mic List
  • 2. Setting up the session
  • …Cut with a click
  • …Creating a beat map
  • …Once your beat map is made, lose the click
  • …Mark your song sections
  • …Use the end to gauge your rough mix
  • …Track layout
  • 3. Mixing through busses
  • …Setting up aux inputs
  • …Hiding unneeded sends
  • …Bussing your instruments
  • …Using solo safe for bus masters
  • 4. Fixing, then mixing
  • …Listening to the drums
  • …Checking the drum group
  • 5. Beat Detective for drums
  • …Leaving a path out
  • …Holding off on crossfades
  • …Making a consistent drum part
  • …Avoiding crash decay
  • …Fixing the in and out points
  • 6. Using Region Groups
  • …Pasting the chorus
  • …Beat Detecting the verses
  • …Fixing Beat Detective holes
  • …Why Beat Mapping is so useful
  • …Finish quantizing drums
  • …Consolidating drums
  • 7. Beginning the static mix
  • …Beginning drum mixing
  • …EQing drums
  • …Balancing your drums
  • …Checking drum polarity
  • …Using a master fader to check mono compatibility
  • …SSL channel strip on snare
  • …What speaker setup should I check with?
  • …Faking a room mic
  • …Using post fader metering
  • …Drum panning
  • …Snare EQ
  • …Cleaning toms
  • …Utilizing previous playlists
  • 8. Using Sound Replacer
  • …When Sound Replacer doesn’t work
  • …Tom EQ
  • 9. Bass guitar bussing
  • …Bass guitar compression
  • 10. Electric Guitars
  • …Placing guitar stacks
  • …Electric EQ & Compression
  • …Overall Guitar EQ
  • 11. Bringing back drums & bass
  • …Drum ambience with Altiverb
  • …Fitting the mix to the song
  • …Snare compression
  • 12. Pre-Mastering with Ozone
  • …Compensating for pre-mastering
  • …Removing hat from snare with DeEsser
  • 13. Triggering the snare
  • …Controlling dynamic range with Sound Replacer
  • …Bringing the hi-hat back
  • 14. Lead Vocals with Melodyne
  • …Scale snap versus Note Snap
  • …Tuning the chorus
  • …Fixing vocal timing with Melodyne
  • …Adjusting pitch modulation
  • …Adjusting pitch modulation
  • 15. Lead vocal mixing
  • …Setting up automation modes
  • …Mixing order
  • …Getting consistent vocal level
  • …Vocal EQ & Compression
  • …Multiple compression on vocals
  • …Vocal delays
  • 16. Working with a comparison mix
  • …DeEssing vocals
  • 17. Mixing fader rides
  • …Mixing with busses
  • …Opening it to stereo
  • 18. Creating a song intro
  • …Reverse guitar intro
  • …Automating Amp Farm distortion
  • 19. Creating points of interest with loops
  • …Nudging loops
  • …Printing the midi to audio
  • 20. Creating BGV’s with Melodyne
  • …Utilizing pitch shift
  • …Creating BGV stacks
  • 21. Final pitch preparation
  • …Cutting the solo
  • …Region groups
  • …Building an ending
  • 22. The final print
  • …Creating a digital record loop
  • …Saving a Mix Selection
  • …Exporting the mix

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