Andrew Scheps Mixing Lifeboats

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In 2015, the amazing Andrew Scheps opened the multitrack for Will Knox’s "Lifeboats" and took us all the way from hearing the song for the first time to a completed mix with his signature sound imprinted upon it. In addition to a fantastic sounding mix, Andrew delivers some of his most detailed explanations of his famous techniques to date.

In this Episode 4 of the Lifeboats Series, Andrew:

  • Shows exactly how he sets up every mixing session to look familiar, including his template, groups, VCA’s, naming conventions, FX, busing and more.
  • Gives an in-depth explanation of his famous rear bus technique
  • Explains how he uses lo-fi to create unique distortion effects
  • Breaks down his parallel processes such as the “Drums Dirt” bus
  • Explains how he gets to know the song
  • Defines “Your Job As The Mixing Engineer” and more...

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Watch the rest of the Lifeboats Series here

Exercise files
Equipment & Software


  • Avid BBD Delay
  • Avid EQ3 7 Band
  • Avid Lo-Fi
  • Avid MOD Delay III
  • Avid Revibe II
  • Eventide H910 Dual Harmonizer
  • Fab Filter Pro-DS
  • Fab Filter Timeless
  • McDSP Filter Bank F202
  • Sans Amp
  • Sonnox Oxford Limiter
  • Sound Toys Little Microshift
  • UAD 1176 AE
  • UAD EL7 Fatso Jr.
  • UAD EMT 140
  • UAD Fairchild 670
  • UAD Neve 33609
  • UAD Pultec
  • UAD bx_digital v2
  • Waves API 560
  • Waves Aphex Vintage Exciter
  • Waves CLA-2A
  • Waves Kramer HLS
  • Waves L2 Ultra Maximizer
  • Waves Puigtec EQ
  • Waves RVOX
  • Waves Scheps 73
  • Waves dbx 160
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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.



Lana Del Rey

Red Hot Chili Peppers


Michael Jackson

Green Day

Featured Artists and Musics

Will Knox is an alt-folk troubadour from Hammersmith, London. Knox has supported artists such as Art Garfunkel, Pete Francis (of Dispatch), and Tyrone Wells. His visionary melodies, hooks, and intricate arrangements create a stunning world where songs may hold shadow and darkness, but there’s always light at the end of the tunnel.

  • Lifeboats

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Paulinho Rocha
2021 Jul 10
Amazing video. Very clear. Seems like everything is easy but it isn't. Congratulations Andrew and Puremix for the content.
2021 May 01
Amazing video! New game count how many times Andrew says "fatso" :-)
2021 Apr 26
Spanish subtitles missing? :(
2021 Jan 05
So much insight! Keep it up!
2020 Sep 12
Does anyone know the specific plugins and settings on Scheps' Drums Dirt chain?
Adis Cengic
2020 Aug 25
Amazing work Andrew
2020 Aug 19
Scheps has been spending too much time working with Fab lmao. Pulls up his own designed EQ; "let's use this EQ made by some idiot" lol. Gold nuggets through this whole series. Awesome work. Really interesting how much he DIDN'T have to do to make this mix sound so great.
2020 Aug 14
This is awesome. So interesting, so smart and thoughtful!
2020 Aug 01
2020 Jul 28
Amazing insight and inspiration! Thanks!!
2020 Feb 17
Hola saludos Por lo menos los subtitulos en espanol
2019 Dec 16
Freaking incredible work from a true master. Total genius and very insightful. Grateful to see an artist at work. This one 2+hour video alone is going to change my workflow. Thank you for this...
2019 Nov 29
tout d abord merci pour cette vidéo époustouflante comme a son habitude. Pourrais t on avoir les sous titre en VF svp.
2019 Aug 20
What I like about Andrew´s mix is that it shows a personal vision and personality. This guy is not shy to leave a footprint, which is good. Unfortunately not even him can´t change the fact that the arrangement as well as the song is pretty mediocre.
2019 Jun 18
Is the neve 33609 suppossed to be left in mono? I figured maybe thats a goof since it is a stereo buss, or maybe he did it for a reason and not accident?
2019 Apr 22
por qué aún no está en español!! por qué nos hacen sufrir!
2019 Apr 17
en español ???
2019 Apr 15
Love Andrew! such a good educator, beyond the obvious inherent talent he is
2019 Mar 19
Por favor, seria genial tener la traducción en español de los tutoriales de mezcla como este. muchas gracias
2019 Mar 15
My idea of the possible finished sound differs from Andrew's but as he says , there's no definite right way; what I love is how he explains everything with such clarity and intelligence and no chest thumping. How valuable is this series - four entirely different ways of looking at things. Thank you to all of you Regards, Ross
2019 Mar 13
That was the most incredible tutorial I have ever seen.So much detail and so much life into that track.And working from the project screen and not from the mixer.The only thing left for me to say is just WOW!I really get it now.Organize, organize, and more organize.Andrew spoke a lot about being lazy sometimes.I get that!But to me saying you're lazy in his world, you can't compare that with just sitting on the couch and doing nothing.To me I see that over the years he has just found a better way to do things in a faster way.Absolutely stunning and inspiring.It gave me goose bumps!Cheers!
2019 Mar 07
Really fantastic Andrew! You have a real gift for both mixing the way you normally would while talking and teaching at the same time. And you stay relaxed the whole time :-) Perhaps I missed it or blinked but did you show which plugins are on the dirt bus? Really sounds cool! Cheers, Lij
2019 Feb 21
So helpful and what a lovely mix - I'd love to hear it. Where can we hear the final mixes?
2019 Feb 06
"99 is a good number for me" - but a b**** ain't one!!
2019 Feb 05
Is there a recording of him printing the mix? I'd like to hear it start to finish. I have the other videos cued to that part of the process, open in different tabs, along with Will's Youtube version of this tune. That way I can bounce around from different perspectives quickly.
2019 Feb 01
So good! Andrew is the best.
2019 Jan 28
I've learned so much from this video. I'm always impressed by Andrew's talent to share his knowledge and make it accessible. It's a rare gift. Thank you so much for your time Monsieur Scheps.
2019 Jan 26
I really enjoy listening, watching and learning from Andrew.
2019 Jan 24
Thanks, Andrew, for being so generous with your knowledge and explanations!
2019 Jan 23
First of all, Andrew is an amazing teacher. There's barely anyone else being able to explain (!) stuff and not to just show what he's doing, but WHY - which is, in my opinion, the sense of a series like that. Other than that, Andrew is sometimes too technical and philosophical, which is not bad at all. After watching Episode 1 with Fab, I do especially check what the other guys to with Katy's vocal, because I thought the way Fab was putting that huge reverb on her voice (and pan it to one side) was a genius decision. Again, what an awesome idea of puremix to run that series. Thanks so much!
mic stein
2019 Jan 23
Awesome ! thanks you soo much ! your explanations are truly helpful That's said : I continue to believe that the Pultec 's treble attenuation pot is working with the right chicken head. So when you said you're attenuating the the 8k position , in fact you're attenuating the the 10k position set with the " ATTN SEL" knob. Of course we all don't care, but that"s my pleasure to participate how I can ;-)
2019 Jan 22
Damn... This guy blows my mind every F*** time I watch him mix and explain his work. Thank you so much for doing this once again!
2019 Jan 22
You are great teacher Andrew, you explain the concepts and what's helpful. I'm tired of tutorials about the plugins, watching you is refreshing and I'l always learn something really deep and new.
2019 Jan 22
My Guy Mr. Scheps Thanks once again.
2019 Jan 22
Amazing use of parallel processing and making the track exciting. It's different that CLAs mix but much more explanation of busing, VCAs, Signal Flow/Routing, and some Pro Tools Tips. Must See!
2019 Jan 21
There are many great mixers but few excel as teachers. Mr Scheps gives lucid, thoughtful detailed and often philosophical insights to the process of 'mixing' music. It's those humble insights which elevate his tutorials. thanks Mr Scheps
2019 Jan 21
Andrew and Fab Best Teacher EVER!!