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Andrew Scheps and Fab Dupont Mixing With Headphones

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Mixing in... headphones? Blasphemy!

In this pureMix.net exclusive, world-renowned mixing engineers, Andrew Scheps and Fab Dupont sit down to discuss how they incorporate headphones into their workflow, how they started mixing in headphones, and how you can use headphones to your advantage.

Hang out with Andrew and Fab as they discuss:

  • Why they started mixing on headphones
  • Translation from headphones to speakers
  • Correction and spatialization software
  • Deciding on vocal level in headphones
  • The benefits of mixing in headphones
  • Using headphones to consistently get the low end of your mix right
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Andrew Scheps

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.

Andrew collaborated with Waves in order to create his own line of plug-ins which include the Scheps 73 EQ and the Scheps Parallel Particles.

Andrew is one of the best known mixing engineers in the world, well-known for his Rear Bus mixing techniques that he developed working on his 64 input Neve 8068 console and his love for distortion of any kind. If you are watching pureMix videos you will see that he managed to carry his analog sound signature over to a fully portable digital rig. These days, Andrew mixes completely In The Box as it allows him much greater flexibility and the ability to work on several project simultaneously.

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Beyonce

Lana Del Rey

Red Hot Chili Peppers

U2

Michael Jackson

Green Day

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kissleizertamas
2021 Sep 17
Thanks!
kissleizertamas
2021 Sep 17
Thank you for the free content!
Mahzin93
2021 Sep 12
Independent of rig, acoustics and more things, music subjectivity is a thing. Objectivity exists, but the major thing is singing about subjectivity. If you know your equipment and compensate things about knowledge you're fine to go, one friend of mine won a contest using headphones only. Thanks to the people doing great content. Have a nice time.
Samxhri6
2021 Aug 30
Excellent!!!
gtech
2021 Aug 29
So many light bulb moments in only 18 minutes... thank you so much for this!
mataran
2021 Aug 28
Awesome! Thanks guys. To conclude, the most important device to listen with : The brain!
aspsa
2021 Aug 28
Finally, we have a down-to-earth "coffee table" conversation on mixing with headphones. The most interesting statement in this discussion was Andrew's comment on how compression, not reverb, is often the culprit contributing to a mix's "wetness".
surtronomer
2021 Aug 27
Thank you for travelling down this road! It’s very encouraging to hear you guys speak about the perspectives of headphones, speakers and rooms. Most of us watching aren’t mixing in great sounding rooms. Fab do you or your team have any experience with Sonarworks? I’ve been using it for a short time and I’m still on the fence with it. Thanks!
SunshineDel
2021 Aug 27
In my mind, it doesn't matter what you mix on, as long as you know them. Any new speaker/headphone takes time to get use to. Just relax and listen to your favorite music until you know them. I do have a little trouble with reverb when mixing on headphones and I was fixing it on speakers. Learned something new today, Thanks.
SarkobaS
2021 Aug 27
Hello Excellent! Thanks Fab and Andrew
Aargl
2021 Aug 27
It was really reassuring to hear that my 7506 are Andrew's favourites, although I use a "flattening" EQ compensation on them and he's not. Being French, the funny thing about this video is that I understand Andrew perfectly while I have a hard time understanding Fab... :-D
mwfree
2021 Aug 27
I often leave the room, walk around, get out of the sweet spot, and *definitely* use headphones. It's nearly impossible to stay in the sweet spot when you're working on a big desk anyway. In the end, it's all about capturing and enhancing the "feel" of the music. Whatever works.
AndrisKiss85
2021 Aug 27
I just simply love every word from Andrew. Sounds exactly how I think and just says things I believe in too. Andrew goes against all the stupid nonsense that spreads online. “You can’t make good mixes only itb” “You can’t mix on headphones” “If you mix on headphones, make sure to spend at least £1k or more” Andrew Scheps: Hold me beer I really hope I can meet Andrew one day. Luckily I moved to the UK and built a small studio. Andrew pop in for a beer if you’re coming to the Lake District. Beer on me
Multeee
2021 Aug 27
Being facially follically challenged, I will never have a sexy beard like that.
tomcookie
2021 Aug 27
Excellent! Thanks Fab and Andrew, it's such a pleasure to listen to such smart discussions!
wfrank
2021 Aug 27
This video was really helpful and educating bringing the most important things around the headphones vs. speakers discussion to the point. Thanks Andrew, thanks Fab!
Pearlpassionstudio
2021 Aug 27
Excellent points..To me it has to sound great from a mono shit speaker to the Bose car stereo, average stereo in a room and naturally ear buds that everyone can afford. Learned a lot, thanks.
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