Andrew Scheps Revisiting Lifeboats

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In 2015, a previous version of world-renowned mixing engineer, Andrew Scheps, mixed "Lifeboats". Now he returns five years later as "Future Andrew'' to revisit the mix and see what has changed in his template.

See how future Andrew:

  • Explains why he lobbied for the Pre-Fader send flag in Pro Tools
  • A/Bs between his original Stereo Bus processing and his updated Stereo Bus processing
  • Demonstrates how he uses reverb on the stereo bus to achieve the glue and cohesiveness of a Stereo Bus Compressor, without the compression
  • Disses Andrew from 5 years ago and steals his gig
  • Revisits the bass to get it to interact with the song, and enhance the midrange
  • Uses clip gain as automation
  • Crushes the room mics and uses them as a lift in the bridge

Watch future Andrew Scheps revisit his mix of Lifeboats, only on

Exercise files
Equipment & Software


  • BlackBox Analog Design HG-2
  • bx_digital V3
  • D-Verb
  • Eventide Tverb
  • Newfangled Elevate
  • Orange Phaser
  • Oxford Limiter
  • PuigTec EQP1A
  • Scheps Omni Channel
  • SoundToys EchoBoy
  • SoundToys Filter Freak
  • UAD bx_digital V2
  • UAD Fairchild 670
  • UAD Neve 33609
  • Waves Submarine
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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

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2022 Jan 12
Great series. It's always fantastic to learn from several people doing the same mix.
2021 Dec 07
I'm new to Puremix and this series is awesome. Great content. I'm so glad I decided to join this platform of knowledge.
2021 Aug 25
I thought I was crazy to use reverb on the mix bus. Now I feel exonerated! It really does glue things together. Really enjoyed this revisit.
John Francis
2021 Aug 25
As a huge Fan of Andrews style and presentations, I would love to see a current Template version of his , as he eludes to it several times, How about it Guys, And How about Andrew and fab concoct a meal as the Fab Cooking series is unrivaled
2021 Apr 26
Spanish Subtitles? Thanks for these incredible lessons
2021 Feb 10
“I’m a record and I’ve been mixed!” No. 1 quote of 2021 so far.
2021 Feb 05
This made me try Elevate on my Mix Buss, be aware that it's very CPU intensive, but you can reduce the number of bands to reduce the CPU usage. And then you could increase them back to 26 bands when you bounce if you want to. I would love to see a video on Scheps' current template.
2021 Feb 05
This made me try Elevate on my Mix Buss, be aware that it's very CPU intensive, but you can reduce the number of bands to reduce the CPU usage. And then you could increase them back to 26 bands when you bounce if you want to.
2021 Jan 26
jimlownes, you should watch this one to understand:
2021 Jan 26
When he says "Rear Buss" is that just where you want to hear the bass? I never heard of "rear buss" before......
2021 Jan 24
This was super helpful to see. I would love more of people re-visiting mixes. That's awesome
John Francis
2021 Jan 22
What a talent.....Andrews Template use is Top Notch But a Revisit of his template video series would be Awesome...To show how he routes Now and changes he's made, BTW Guys at Pure Mix, Maybe Reach out To Billy decker in Nashville he is also a template user and a Beast of a Mixer
2021 Jan 22
What a nice guy is andrew! Is enviable his peace to work and teach. Would be very cool a start to finish series with this amazing engineer!!
2021 Jan 22
Great to see him come back 5 years later and changed things on his original mix. Proves we all keep evolving and growth is a continuous process. Nice video
2021 Jan 22
Really enjoyed watching Andrew revisit his own work and make adjustments and revisions. Lifeboats has become a lasting bit of pureMix history!
2021 Jan 20
Every time I hear Andrew speak, I learn something. You, sir, are a fountain of useful information and the fact that you are always evolving at this point is an inspiration. But now... do I need to take the 33609 off my mix bus !? Gah.
2021 Jan 20
How interesting! Thank you Andrew! I didn't realize that it has already been five years!! More videos like this one would be nice.
2021 Jan 20
Just on point, I started working on this mix form the multitracks as an exercise only a few days ago, from Andrew Scheps's mix template adapted to Reaper!
2021 Jan 20
Interesting! I like the changes made. I thought the vocal was a little muddy in the first version. The drums sound not as produced as before but that's better, more natural. I liked the 33609 but it's ok without. So Rendez-vous in 5 years for the third version? :-D
2021 Jan 20
Hi nice video! Are you planning of doing an update of your template video? Would be nice a more "rock/heavy" song from scratch (like the Ziggy Marley video)