Brian Lucey Mastering Royal Blood


01h 13min


In this pureMix Exclusive tutorial, Grammy Award Winning Mastering Engineer, Brian Lucey, opens the original mastering session for Royal Blood's hit record, "How Did We Get So Dark?" and re-masters it from start to finish; discussing every step of the process from both technical and philosophical points of view, breaking down his workflow in Sequoia, as well as his carefully curated collection of analog mastering gear.

Learn how Brian:

  • Edits the heads and tails of tracks.
  • Treats the record as a body of work, creating cohesion from the first track to the last.
  • Uses corrective linear phase EQ to shape mixes in relation to each other across the span of the record.
  • Gain stages his analog chain.
  • Determines the proper balance of low end between Mid and Side information.
  • Uses his modified Focusrite Blue 315 MkII EQ, Fairman TMEQ (Tube EQ), Elysia Compressor, and Crane Song Hedd to create the tone of the record.
  • Adds limiting and saturation to add dimension and character to the master.
  • Establishes artistic consistency both in tone and volume throughout the record.
  • Compares the demonstrated masters in the video to the original record.

This is a unique chance to learn Brian's personal mastering techniques and watch him work in the flow as he masters one of rock's largest records in the past decade.

Want to learn more with Brian? Check out his Mastering Philosophy And Techniques video

Equipment & Software


  • Mytek 8x192 DA
  • Focusrite Blue 315 MkII
  • Elysia Alpha 
  • Fairman TMEQ
  • Pacific Microsonics AD
  • Waves L2 Limiter
  • Crane Song HEDD
  • Bricasti M1


  • Sequoia


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Brian Lucey

Grammy-winning Mastering Engineer Brian Lucey is one of the most prominent Industry Engineers and has worked with renowned artists such as Depeche Mode, The Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys Liam Gallagher, Royal Blood, Marilyn Manson, “The Greatest Showman” and more.

He is well-known for his philosophical approach to mastering, mainly focusing on emotions, feelings and how your body responds to the sound.

Brian believes that mastering is an important part of the music creating process and that it should have an immediate impact on the listener while also maintain a timelessness aspect, that "the world will judge us by forever".

If you've watched Brian's video on pureMix, you will understand that a great mastering engineer knows how to combine subtle technical moves in order to deliver the artist's music to the world in the best possible format.


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Liam Gallagher

Shania Twain

Depeche Mode

Lucinda Williams

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2019 Sep 13
I'm a 'relatively' new Mastering engineer. I'm a fan of Brian's work, and I can honestly say, he has set a higher bar for Mastering. His approach is not simply riding the rails of how everyone else works. His way works for him, and he's not wrong. You can learn a LOT from this video that has almost nothing to do with analog gear and software, but APPROACH. Brian spends a decent amount of time on preparing the mixes before going analog. This is absolutely the best lesson to learn. And then: how the 'gear' makes the mix sing! Highly recommended!
2019 Sep 02
Binged on this one and the Mstering Philosophy. Very eye opening!
2019 Aug 27
Great Tutorial. Mostly, I don't plan on doing mastering, but this really helped me understand better what will/should be done with my mixes when they arrive at the ME desk, so I have a better idea of how to deliver my mixes. For the occasional clients who don't have a budget for mastering, I feel much more confident about how to give them a top quality master for distribution.
2019 Aug 27
One of the best Mastering Tutorials yet, enjoyed his walk through the mastering software lining up the sequence of tracks. His released Master captures a beautiful balance without the annoyance of a piercing high end that encourages listeners like myself to have to skip great songs.