Brian Moncarz Mixing Our Lady Peace

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Brian Moncarz is a Billboard charting and award-winning Producer and Mixing engineer who has produced records for some of the biggest rock bands of today. See how he uses his custom mixing template and a creative workflow to quickly set up a massive mix of the modern rock hit "Drop Me In The Water" from Our Lady Peace.

Learn how Brian works on each element of the mix with full transparency and detailed descriptions, teaching you every aspect of his mixing process all the way from the plugins he chooses to why he tweaks the parameters he does, explaining his intention at every step along the way.

In this 4 hour tutorial, learn how Brian:

  • Develops a clear vision for the mix
  • Chooses between his mix bus chain A and B
  • Creates a massive sounding drum kit with texture
  • Layers in drum samples to augment the acoustic kit
  • Blends multiple synthesizer layers with thick and powerful guitars
  • Uses automation to create dynamics and add life to the mix

This is a unique chance to learn Brian's personal mixing techniques, methods and all the tricks he used to mix a hit song and then apply them to your own mixes!

PLUS you get access to the raw stems from the original session to practice and perfect all of the tips and techniques you'll pick up from Brian Moncarz and Our Lady Peace. Explore the tracks on your own!

Please note: stem files are truncated and contain the un-mixed and consolidated wav files for every track in the original session from the intro to the 2nd verse.

Want to learn more with Brian? Check out his Mixing Template And Workflow Video

Exercise files
Equipment & Software
  • Avid Dyn 3 Expander/Gate
  • Avid EQ3
  • Avid Heat
  • Brainworx bx_digital V2
  • Eventide Omnipressor
  • Fab Filter PRO-L2
  • Ghz Vulf Compressor 3
  • Maag EQ4
  • McDSP MC303
  • Over Loud Dopamine
  • Oxford Inflator
  • PSP Echo
  • Phoenix II Tape Emulation
  • Pultec EQP-1A
  • SPL Transient Designer
  • Sans Amp
  • Sound Toys Decapitator
  • Sound Toys Devil-Loc
  • Sound Toys Radiator
  • UAD 1176LN
  • UAD ATR-102
  • UAD Cooper Time Cube
  • UAD EMT 140
  • UAD EP-34 Tape Echo
  • UAD Fairchild 670
  • UAD Manley Massive Passive EQ
  • UAD Neve 1073
  • UAD Neve 33609
  • UAD Studer A800
  • Valhalla Room
  • Waves APR 550A
  • Waves CLA-2A
  • Waves CLA-3A
  • Waves CLA-76
  • Waves MannyM Reverb
  • Waves Puigtec EQP-1A
  • Waves RBass
  • Waves REQ 6
  • Waves RS56
  • Waves SSL E-Channel
  • Waves Scheps 73
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Brian Moncarz

Based out of Chalet Studios just outside of Toronto, producer/mixer Brian Moncarz lives to record and mix both major label and indie bands and artists including The Tea Party, Our Lady Peace, The Trews, Circa Survive, which landed a Billboard Modern Rock/ Alternative #1 hit, Fantastic Negrito, Ian Moore, Neverending White Lights featuring Hot Hot Heat, Bleeker, Moneen, and The Proud Sons. 

Moncarz is proud of his association with producers Bob Ezrin and David Bottrill. Through years of working side-by-side with both masters, Moncarz has honed his craft: simply put, making great records. 

Brian is currently mixing new music for The Tea Party, their latest single “Black River,” mixed by Moncarz, reached #2 on the Canadian Active Rock Radio Charts. Moncarz is also in the studio producing/mixing new music for Ferraro (Warner) and The Proud Sons (Coalition).

Previously, Brian mixed Our Lady Peace’s single, “Drop Me In The Water,” which spent 15 weeks in the Top Five at Active Rock Radio in Canada.


Alice Cooper

Our Lady Peace

Circa Survive

The Tea Party

Featured Artists and Musics

Our Lady Peace was one of the most successful Canadian bands of the post-grunge era, issuing platinum-selling album after platinum-selling album while also enjoying modest acclaim in America. The group formed at the University of Toronto in 1992, where vocalist Raine Maida and guitarist Mike Turner (a British expatriate) first banded together under the name "As If". They later recruited bassist Chris Eacrett and jazz drummer Jeremy Taggart, and the quartet changed its name to Our Lady Peace in tribute to a Mark Van Doren poem. After partnering with the Canadian branch of Sony Records, Our Lady Peace released 1995's Naveed, a strong debut album that sparked the modern rock hit "Starseed."

  • Drop Me In The Water

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2022 Mar 10
A great case for mixing into the master!
Ross Martin
2021 Oct 29
Cheers from Canada. Great explanations, really enjoyed this one!
2020 Oct 14
I watched this vid last year. great. I recently, revisited. Even better. Especially for us, who have some out gear, but work in the box, Brian is great. How come we don't have other ones? Keep them coming. Peter
2019 Oct 31
Very nice tonal work! and explanations, what a science. Is it because your work is very "tonaly oriented" that you mostly use your compressors after eq/correcting/saturating? I noticed also that all your plugins output gain are in the red but you do not seem to care; I thought overheating plugins output was creating digital sat probs, but it doesn't seem to; I'd be curious to heat from you if ever you read that. Thanks for sharing your passion! And thanks Puremix!
2019 Jun 18
Seriously generous sharing of wisdom, thanks so much Brian! Really enjoyed that, what a great attitude and high joy level. Cheers man!
2019 Jun 14
"Super Trippy" ... "Which I love" ... "Ever so slightly" Great Tutorial. Thank You Brian Moncarz and Puremix!!!
2019 Jun 08
Like the techniques...although not a huge fan of the final mix. Still a good master class tho.
Maximiliano Padilla
2019 Jun 04
Fantastic use of saturation, changed my perspective on the uses the Decapitator can have. Did anyone hear that ringing whistle around the ROOMFLR track? It's on top of the harshness he tamed with the McDSP but Lord I swear it's there.
2019 May 31
Very comprehensive and detailed discussion of your mix decisions. Thanks, Brian!
2019 May 25
Excellent coverage of your mix decisions. Very in-depth and detailed. Does your use of the saturation / distortion plugins replace the “bend”you got previously from an analog console? Tell David Chester at Chalet Studios I said Hello!! I was there last September.
2019 May 23
Hell of a video. Next time in Montreal, come over. Very nicely done!!!
2019 May 23
Love seeing a fellow Canadian on this website! This guy seems so nice! Great approach to the mix. Thanks PureMix!