Sprint Mixing – Sacred Circles
Take the Sprint Mixing challenge of Sacred Circles!
Utilize this effective and fun technique, created and designed by Ken Lewis, to sharpen your instincts and increase your speed as a mix engineer. Learn to shed technology and find great balances, while honing your decision-making skills as a mixer.
So, what exactly is Sprint Mixing? It’s a series of exercises that challenges you to create the best possible mix of an entire song in just 10 minutes, then reset and try again! Level up as you conquer each challenge.
Start by watching Ken Lewis tackle a Jedi Level Sprint Mix of this rock song, “Sacred Circles” from California indie band, Lahzarus, from faders down to finished in only 10 minutes! Then, choose a level, set the clock for 10 minutes, and create your own mix!
There are 6 skill levels in all, beginner to JEDI, and each with their own audio stems and templates. The levels become increasingly difficult as you progress.
The levels are:
- Level 1 (5 stems)
- Level 2 (9 stems)
- Level 3 (15 stems)
- Level 4 (20 stems)
- Level 5 (24 stems)
- Level 6 (27 stems)
If you are new to mixing, then start at Level 1. If you already have some mixing chops, dig into one of the more advanced levels and work your way up to Level 6 (JEDI) to compete with Ken. Then, when you finish one, start again! The Sprint Mixing drills are meant to be repeated often, to build your speed and confidence, just like an athlete trains their body. Think of these as wind sprints for your ears!
Included with this tutorial is the full, original session of 74 tracks, that Ken has dubbed the Marathon session. You will be able to mix the song from scratch, at your leisure, after you have completed all the challenges.
Discover how this practice technique can catapult your mixing abilities to the next level in record time. As a result, you will be able to apply these skills in real world studio situations where getting a great rough mix together quickly will make your clients happy and your sessions more productive.
Receive pre-created templates for your DAW, with your purchase, to make it easy to start – Ableton, Logic X, Pro Tools, Reaper, Studio One and audio stems for any other DAW. Download your template of choice and start mixing! You will also get Ken’s full mix as well as his Jedi Level Sprint mix, so you can compare your work to his.
“These are possibly the best tutorials on my entire site, but you need to put in the work. Sprint Mixing trains your ears the way an athlete trains their body” – Ken Lewis
Also, please check out Ken’s other Sprint Mixing tutorials including Sprint Mixing – Uptempo Pop Edition and Sprint Mixing – Rock Edition or any of the other recording, mixing and production tutorials and bundles.
Another great place to find awesome content from Ken Lewis is on his YouTube channel, Mixing Night. Ken hosts free semi-monthly livestreams with real time sprint mixes, demonstrations, special guests, and more. Register here for the next event to join in the fun!
Learn how to mix, record and produce music from Ken Lewis, as he shares the real world techniques used to make world-class, hit records based on his 25+ years of industry experience. Ken’s credits include work with BTS, Kanye West, Bruno Mars, Drake, Future, FUN., Mark Ronson, Ariana Grande and countless others.
“Sacred Circles” was written, produced, and performed by Michael Aguado and Edward Vyeda.
Check out the YouTube page for Lahzarus.