Brian Lucey Mastering Royal Blood

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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

Award-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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2022 Aug 08
Nice one!
2020 Oct 18
This is a great tutorial. Lacey is so eloquent and explains broader ideological and musical processes in such a valuable way.
2020 Aug 26
The best of the best!!!
2020 Apr 13
I've been waiting a long time for the Spanish translation. I don't understand why they take so long ...
carlo maria marchionni
2020 Apr 06
An episode dedicated only to limiting would be interesting. Maybe it already exists :-) I will check more carefully. :-)
2020 Apr 04
Please Sub. Español.
2020 Apr 02
por favor subir el video en español. por favor, gracias.
2020 Mar 07
I think it is especially important to translate this video, in my case into Spanish please!
2020 Feb 16
Best Mastering Tutorial I have watched to date. Finally mastering an entire album instead of just one song. Thank you Brian and Puremix.
2020 Jan 22
5 stars but I wish he would have given us a quick run down of his monitors and gear. However, priceless insights from a pro!
TC Hotrod
2020 Jan 17
Great video. Wisdom and great learning time as the first one with Brian Lucey was too.
2020 Jan 16
Hi, could you translate in French, Fab your origins :p
2019 Dec 11
Very interesting! I actually always do a lot of compression in my tracks in the master. I love the subtle changes that make all the difference! Great insights! Thanks Brian
2019 Dec 04
I appreciate the insight into the workflow and what Brian is listening to. I like that he actually re-did his steps/walk-thru then compared to the final project.
2019 Nov 30
Traducir al español please !!
2019 Oct 28
Why this video say Pay-per-view if I am a pro member
2019 Oct 01
Please, translate in french, please
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.