pureMix Mentors

The traditional studio mentor/apprenticeship system is all but gone these days. When major studios around the world close their doors, up and coming engineers lose their opportunities to learn from the top professional engineers and producers.

We know, because we had to figure out how to do it on our own and that sucked.

pureMix.net is a community where the most knowledgable studio mentors share their years of experience and passion for audio with you.

Fab Dupont

David Crosby, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Lopez, Mark Ronson, Les Nubians, Toots And The Maytals, Bon Jovi, Marc Anthony, Kirk Whalum, Babyface, Brazilian Girls, Nat King Cole, Bebel Gilberto, The Dø

Fab Dupont is a Grammy winning NYC based record producer, mixing/mastering engineer and co-founder of pureMix.net.

Fab has been playing, writing, producing and mixing music both live and in studios all over the world. He's worked in cities like Paris, Boston, Brussels, Stockholm, London and New York just to name a few.

He has his own studio called FLUX Studios in the East Village of New York City.

Fab has been nominated for Grammys 6 times, including two Latin Grammys and has received many other accolades around the world, including Victoires de la Musique, South African Music awards, Pan African Music Awards and US independent music awards.

Andrew Scheps

Beyonce, Lana Del Rey, Red Hot Chili Peppers, U2, Michael Jackson, Green Day, Johnny Cash, Zac Brown Band, The Rolling Stones, Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z, Ziggy Marley

Andrew Scheps is a music producer, mixing engineer and record label owner based in the United Kingdom. He has received Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album for his work on Red Hot Chili Peppers' Stadium Arcadium, Album Of The Year for Adele's 21, and also Best Reggae Album for Ziggy Marley's Fly Rasta

Andrew started as a musician, but found that what he enjoyed most was working behind the scenes. This led him to study recording at the University of Miami. After graduating, he spent some time working for Synclavier, and then on the road with Stevie Wonder (as a keyboard tech) and Michael Jackson (mixing live sound). But he found his home in the studio, and he honed his craft working for producers such as Rob Cavallo, Don Was and Rick Rubin.

Scheps is known for his balanced and modern sounding mixes. He is also the owner and president of Tonequake Records

Chris Lord-Alge

U2, Green Day, Smashing Pumpkins

Chris Lord-Alge is an American mix engineer. He is the brother of Tom Lord-Alge, another audio engineer. Chris Lord-Alge is known for his use of dynamic range compression in both hardware and software plug-in versions.

Ryan Hewitt

Blink 182, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Lumineers, The Avett Brothers, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Ryan Hewitt is a Grammy winning engineer, mixer and producer with a credit list spanning all popular genres of music. Ryan found his love for music and recording working along side his father, famed remote recording engineer David Hewitt. After earning a degree at Tufts University in Boston, Ryan moved to New York City to work at Sony Music Studios. Opportunities then took Ryan to Los Angeles where he began working with The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Rick Rubin. This led to Ryan engineering and mixing the Peppers’ multiple-Grammy-winning double album, Stadium Arcadium. Rick and Ryan have continued to work together on a number of projects with artists such as Angus and Julia Stone, Brandi Carlile, Lady Gaga and Johnny Cash, as well as three albums and three live DVDs for The Avett Brothers.

Al Schmitt

Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Steely Dan, George Benson, Quincy Jones, Barbra Streisand

Schmitt's engineering and mixing skills have been showcased on over 150 gold and platinum albums. With an unparalleled 24 Grammy Awards for engineering, Al Schmitt epitomizes great recording through decades of technological change.

Schmitt developed his wide-ranging engineering skills by working with many of the biggest artists and producers in pop, jazz, classical, and country throughout his career that spans over four decades.

Vance Powell

Jack White, Chris Stapleton, The Deadweather, The Raconteurs, Arctic Monkeys, Wolfmother, The Revivalists

Vance Powell is a four-time Grammy Award winning American record producer, engineer, and mixer. Vance made his start in live sound, touring as a front-of-house engineer then in early 2002 an opportunity came up to help build what’s currently one of the largest studio complexes in the world, Vance was there, becoming chief engineer for Nashville’s Blackbird Studios. Vance began working extensively with Jack White's groups including The Raconteurs, The White Stripes, and The Dead Weather, as well as many of White's production jobs.

Powell is the co-owner of Sputnik Sound, a recording and mixing facility he set up in 2006 together with producer/engineer Mitch Dane. He is also an active member of The National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) in their Producers and Engineers Wing.

Mick Guzauski

Daft Punk, Prince, Michael Jackson, Earth Wind & Fire, Natalie Cole, Kenny G, Eric Clapton, Christina Aguilera, Talking Heads, Britney Spears, J-Lo, Madonna, Mariah Carey

He's won 11 Grammy Awards and mixed over 27 #1 hits, engineer/mixer Mick Guzauski is one of the top mixing engineers in the world.

Mick's love for both music and technology started when he was in high school. Growing up in Rochester, NY where there were no nearby commercial studios so Mick put together his own studio in parents' basement with equipment that he had begged, borrowed, built, repaired and modified.

In the early '80s, Mick worked with Maurice White and Earth, Wind and Fire at the Complex (then George Massenburg Studios). "Being around George was a great learning experience in both the art of recording and in audio technology," said Mick.

Then in 2013, Daft Punk was looking for an engineer/mixer to team up with on their fourth studio album and at the recommendation of mutual friend Mick got the call. Unlike most dance albums, the sound of Random Access Memories is completely organic and incredibly dynamic (and fat!)

Ryan West

Eminem, Kanye West, Usher, Ritchie Havens, T.I., Rihanna, Jay Z, Dr. Dre, Kid Cudi

In addition to many Platinum, Gold and Diamond RIAA certifications, he's been twice nominated for the Album of the Year Grammy and has a further seven nominations to his credit. Ryan has also participated in numerous discussion panels with mixing heavyweights Tony Maserati, Joe Chiccarelli, Michael Brauer, Andy Wallace and mastering engineers Howie Weinberg and Bob Ludwig.

A skilled multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Ryan also produces music for film and television. As of 2012 over 60 million albums have been sold worldwide that contain a credit to Ryan West.

Mark Needham

The Killers, Fleetwood Mac, Dolly Parton, Moby, Shakira, Imagine Dragons, Pink, Chris Isaak

Mark Needham is an L.A. based Grammy nominated record producer and mixer whose credits include a diverse array of internationally recognized superstar artists including The Killers, Fleetwood Mac, Imagine Dragons, Walk the Moon, Shakira, Pink, Moby, Dolly Parton, Chris Isaak and many more.

John Paterno

Robbie Williams, The Steve Gadd Band, Soraya, Robben Ford, Eros Ramazzotti, The Thrills, Tim McGraw, Bonnie Raitt, Badly Drawn Boy

John Paterno is an LA-based audio pro. He has worked with a wide range of artists in his 25+ years in the music business.

John moved to Los Angeles two weeks after graduating from the University of Miami’s MUE program. After a short period of freelance assisting, he ended up at Sunset Sound/Sound Factory, where he was exposed to many great engineers and producers. When he broke out of assisting, John worked with a wide range of producers including Mitchell Froom, Joe Chiccarelli, Byron Gallimore, Celso Valli, and Stephen Duffy. He won a Latin Grammy for his work with Soraya.

John has also produced or co-produced projects for The Black Mollys, Mitchell Froom, Lustra, Robbie Williams, The Lilac Time, and many other artists. In addition to producing and mixing projects, John has also co-written songs with new artists, and has written pieces for TV and film.

Luca Pretolesi

Major Lazer, Steve Aoki, Borgeous, Dimitry Vegas and Like Mike, Snoop Lion, Diplo

Luca stands out among a sea of electronic engineers with his unique hybrid set-up, mixing old and new technology for an end result like no other. In place of a traditional mixing studio, he has created a mix of equipment including computer plugins, and custom made hardware, EQ’s and compressors, and high-end mastering gear. This combination of analog and digital parts allows him to add his touch to any project of any style as he has the best of both technological worlds at his fingertips.

Ben Lindell

50 Cent, Soulja Boy, Wale, Kelly Rowland, Chromeo, MGMT, Bebel Giberto, Rufus Wainright, Edie Brickell, Joey MacIntyre, Ryan Leslie, Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo

Ben is a NYC based producer/engineer who has worked with artists from MGMT to Soulja Boy, Bebel Giberto to Lloyd Banks, Ryan Leslie, Olivia, Tony Yayo, Red Cafe, Edie Brickell, Carole Pope and hundreds of other artists from around the world. He grew up in Iowa and then attended the University of Miami.

In addition to being a fantastic musician he is also a tremendous geek when it comes to anything technical, be it software, plug-ins, microphones or outboard gear. It's this marriage of musical creativity and technical know-how that makes him an in demand producer/engineer.

Ben is also the Director of Marketing at pureMix.net, feel free to reach out to him directly, ben@puremix.net

Carlos "El Loco" Bedoya

Beyoncé, Missy Elliott, Ricardo Arjona, Weezer, Mick Jagger, Sean Paul, Enrique Iglesias, Daddy Yankee

Carlos “El Loco” Bedoya is a Miami based producer and audio engineer for a wide variety of musical artists in genres as far ranging as Latin and Rock to Hip Hop and pop. His work has been acknowledged with multiple awards and nominations for the Grammys and Latin Grammys, including several multi-platinum albums and singles.

Darrell Thorp

Beck, Radiohead, P!nk, Paul McCartney, Switchfoot, Nigel Godrich, Lake Street Dive

Darrell Thorp is a Seven-Time Grammy Award Winning (OutKast, Radiohead, Switchfoot, Molotov, Beck) Producer, Mixer and Engineer with over 18-years of experience under his belt and many multi-platinum records to his discography.

After finishing 4 years of service in the U.S. Navy, he moved to Los Angeles in 1997 and started interning at smaller studios where he eventually worked his way up to an Assistant Engineer at some of L.A.'s prestigious studios such as Track Record, Conway, and finally, Ocean Way Recording. It was at Ocean Way Recording that Darrell met famed Radiohead producer, Nigel Godrich. Shortly after meeting Godrich, Darrell became his full time engineer and ended up recording Beck “Sea Change”, Radiohead “Hail to The Thief”, Paul McCartney’s “Chaos and Creation In The Back Yard” and many others.

Friedemann Tischmeyer

Alan Parsons, Steely Dan, Johnny Cash, Iron Maiden

Friedemann has mastered for artists such as Alan Parsons, Steely Dan, Johnny Cash, Iron Maiden, is inventor of the Dynamic Range Meter and founder of the Mastering Academy.

Mark Abrams

JRJR, Brian Lucey, LIttle Daylight, Kid Runner, Two Cow Garage, Lydia Loveless, Plaid Brixx, Ryan Brown, Mark Stepro

Mark Abrams is an engineer/producer based in Columbus, Ohio. His unhealthy obsession with an early version of Pro Tools led him to The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences. Since then, he has had the pleasure of working with some of the biggest names in the music industry and has tackled sound design, post-production and music composition duties for brands like Toyota, McDonalds, Wal-Mart, FX, Nintendo and Playstation.

Graham Cochrane

Recording Revolution

Graham Cochrane is a creative and versatile producer, engineer, songwriter, and worship leader based out of Tampa, FL. He is also the founder of The Recording Revolution, one of the world's most loved audio recording and mixing blogs with over 200,000 readers each month.

As a lifelong singer/songwriter and musician his passion for recording and mixing has grown from the bedroom studio, to university (where he studied audio production), to multi-million dollar studios, to Fortune 500 software companies, and all the while freelancing for artists and bands around the world.