Struggling to make your music sound as good as industry records?
Learn how to mix your music 1-on-1 from an industry professional.
Specializing in Rap, Hip Hop, Trap, Pop & R&B music.
Take a short cut – learn how to mix and master from an industry certified professional. Lessons are taught by 5PiECE – whose formal education began at the Metalworks Institute where he earned a diploma in Audio Production and Engineering, and led into an internship with Noah “40” Shebib at OVO Sound and expanded into working experiences at studios across Toronto, working with talent such as Murda Beatz, Sean Paul, MadeinTYO and more.
About The Instructor
Dan “5PiECE” Lombardi is an audio engineer, mixer and producer based in Toronto, ON, Canada.
5PiECE graduated from the Metalworks Institute of Sound & Music Production in 2013 with a diploma with honours in Audio Production & Engineering. Upon graduating, he interned for Drake’s record label OVO Sound, mentoring under his main producer Noah “40” Shebib at their SOTA Studios Facility. He later moved on to engineer at several full-scale facilities in Toronto such as DNA Recording Facility, Vespa Music Group and New Toronto Studios before setting up his own private studio and music company. Throughout his travels, 5PiECE has worked alongside notable talent such as Sean Paul, MADEINTYO, 24HRS, !llmind, MurdaBeatz, WondaGurl and many more. 5PiECE is familiar with most popular DAWs and prefers to produce in Ableton and mix in Pro Tools.
Want to learn more about 5PiECE’s teaching style? Watch his free Mixing Tutorials
Want to listen to some music featuring 5PiECE’s mixing and mastering? Listen To His Work
How Do You Offer Lessons?
Come to 5PiECE’s studio located in the west-end of Toronto for a private lesson.
You’ll be able to watch him mix and master your record live in front of you, while he explains his thought process and the mixing techniques he is using. You may also ask questions to gain further clarification around mixing problems you may be facing.
Send your track-outs to 5PiECE via a file-transfer service and he will record a video of himself mixing your record, while walking you through the mixing process step-by-step. Submit specific questions to be covered during the lesson.
Due to time-zone differences and internet quality issues, these lessons are not live. Instead they are pre-recorded in HD and sent immediately after recording.
Past clients who have used this service have been from Iceland, Hong Kong, Russia, and Switzerland (to name a few)
How Do Lessons Work?
You provide 5PiECE with the track-outs to a song you’d like mixed and mastered which will be focused on throughout the lesson(s).
5PiECE will load the track-outs into either a Pro Tools or Ableton session (your choice). He will screen-capture record the entire lesson with audio. This will allow you to revisit the lesson and the knowledge within them later in your own time.
5PiECE will perform the lesson; explaining how to approach mixing your song while doing it in real-time. Ask questions and get answers within the lesson to cover your most pressing curiosities
Past Client Testimonials
5 helped me tighten up a lot of things during our 6 lessons together, such as improving my mixing workflow, getting my vocals to sound more professional and getting my mixes to translate in different environments. Highly recommend!
I've been studying music production and engineering in Hong Kong for years. I stumbled upon 5PiECE through some online searches and have been very satisfied with our lessons together. I am blown away by the quality of the videos, with each lesson being very thorough and logical. He is the best instructor I have seen. I also like the fact that he adds tidbits and side stories about his experiences in the music industry.
Examples of Topics
Covered In Private Lessons
✓ How to make vocals sound high-end and professional
✓ How to mix vocals that weren’t recorded properly
✓ How to mix instruments together
✓ How to mix and master for streaming platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music
✓ How to organize your mix to work more efficiently
✓ How to make tracks sound clean and less muddy
✓ How to achieve separation between instruments
✓ How to mix vocals over a 2-track beat
✓ How to master a song for maximum fullness and loudness
✓ Lessons from 5PiECE’s experience navigating the music industry while working in studios alongside Grammy Award winning talent
✓ And much, much more…
How Do I Book A Lesson?
Reach out below to determine lesson availability and scheduling.
Once confirmed and agreed upon, send deposit via E-Transfer or PayPal to reserve your lesson time.
Day of lesson – be attentive, ask questions and get feedback on your work.
If doing an online lesson, 5PiECE will confirm the turnaround time and will get the lesson back to you by then.
How Much Do Lessons Cost?
Please refer below for a breakdown of our lesson pricing.
One Private Lesson
(In-Studio or Online)
Includes screen-capture recording with audio of lesson and instruction
Pay upfront for multiple lessons and enjoy a reduced rate.
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Producers, beat makers, artists and aspiring engineers who want to improve their producing, mixing and mastering skills when it comes to creating and releasing music.
Lessons include the instructor and private studio facility with professional equipment for the lesson. Lessons also include a screen-capture video recording with audio of the lesson so students may refer to it again later.
Having a copy of the lesson in this format gives you a way to revisit the lesson and ensures that you learn exactly what you came to learn from 5PiECE.
Mixing lessons are taught in Pro Tools or Ableton based on student preference. Production lessons are taught in Ableton exclusively.
For mixing lessons, no, the principles taught in lessons are not specific to any DAW- they are mixing techniques you can use within any DAW environment including but not limited to FL Studio, Logic, Reason, Reaper, Cubase, etc. Past students have been on FL Studio and Logic.
For production lessons, it is recommended that you have and produce in Ableton as lessons are taught in that environment.
No – lessons are taught on my computer set-up. This is required for proper screen-capture with audio. You may bring your laptop to follow along, but based on personal experience it isn’t necessary.
Classes are customized to each student.
For beginner production lessons, we have developed a proprietary curriculum that teaches you the fundamental elements of music production and how to approach applying it in real-life creative situations. This curriculum is stretched over multiple lessons that cover topics such as sound selection, drum programming, melody, arrangement and final mixing/mastering and more.
For mixing/mastering lessons, students often arrive with a personal song/beat they want to focus on mixing and mastering. This song is mixed in front of them while the decisions and thought-processes behind the mix decisions are explained by the instructor. This helps the student understand what is being done and why its being done so that the student can leave with an example of how to apply the knowledge within their own work. Students are also able to ask questions or for specific demonstrations during the lesson as well.
Classes are good for anyone of any skill level whether you’re just starting to make music or have been making music for awhile and want to hone your skills. I’ve taught students of all levels.
Lessons are offered in 2 formats:
- In-Person – at my private studio location if you are located in Toronto, ON
- Online via Pre-Recorded Lessons with Q&A follow-up
The studio is located in South Etobicoke in Toronto near Kipling Avenue & Horner Avenue. Also close by Lakeshore, 5 mins from Humber College South Campus. Once your booking is confirmed, you will be sent the exact location.
While we respect that your friends and family are your biggest supporters, other parties usually interfere with lessons by creating interruptions, noise, distractions, etc. We want your learning to be our focus so that you can become the best producer and engineer you can be. For that reason, we ask that only students show up to attend lessons.
Unfortunately at-home lessons are not offered at this time. All lessons are offered in-person at my studio location or online.
Lesson payment can be made via Interac E-Transfer if you’re in Canada, or PayPal if you’re outside of Canada.
All PayPal payments are subject to an additional 4% fee for processing.