Chris Lord-Alge Mixing Rock In The Box


02h 23min


Watch CLA Recreate His SSL Workflow In The Box

Chris Lord Alge is one of the most renowned mixing engineers in the world. His style can be heard on records from legendary artists such as U2, Aerosmith, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, James Brown, The Who, Green Day and dozens more.

Those who study his work, know that Chris Lord-Alge is a champion of the famous SSL 4K console. He has mixed thousands of songs in the analog domain and amassed a literal wall of Grammys in his studio, Mix LA.

However, he has also created some of the world’s most popular plugins in the digital domain and has never been known to fear a digital workflow.

In this exclusive, we take CLA off of his SSL 4K and park him in the box, where he shows you how he:

  • Translates his analog workflow with familiar routing and plugins
  • Simplifies sessions for lightning fast mixing
  • Maintains focus and perspective on the song and the story it tells to support the theme with the mix
  • Sets up his 2bus chain inside of Pro Tools for the same feel of his hardware
  • Adds creativity to the mix and explains his theory on artistic mixing

Once you have seen how CLA does it, download the stems for the full song and practice your new tricks.

Watch CLA replicate his sound in the box, mixing the song “Indestructible” by Vifolly.

Exercise files
Equipment & Software


  • Eventide Blackhole
  • Line6 Echo Farm
  • Sound Toys Devil-Loc
  • Sound Toys EchoBoy
  • Waves SSL E-Channel
  • Waves CLA Bass
  • Waves CLA Guitars
  • Waves CLA Vocals
  • Waves CLA-76
  • Waves L1 Limiter
  • Waves LA MixDown
  • Waves Manny Marroquin Reverb
  • Waves Real ADT
  • Waves SSL Bus Compressor
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Chris Lord-Alge

Chris Lord-Alge is an American mixing engineer based in LA where he owns the studio Mix LA.

His extensive use of compression earned him the name of the "Lord of Compression". His impressive collection of compressors were modelled by plug-in companies such as Waves Plug-ins with whom he collaborated to create his own line of plug-ins.

Chris is one of the most renowned mixing engineers in the world and his style can be heard on records from legendary artists such as U2, Aerosmith, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, James Brown, The Who, Green Day and dozens more.

Chris mainly mixes analog on his SSL console. Chris uses Pro Tools as a playback engine in the back of the room then focuses on what he hears, sitting at the console, patching vintage pieces of gear, making SSL EQ and compressor moves and pushes his levels through the console for great sounding results.

On pureMix, you can see how Chris mixes Daughtry on his SSL, explaining every move he makes.



Green Day

Smashing Pumpkins


James Brown

Bruce Springsteen

Featured Artists and Musics

Formed in 2010 by Matt and James Prather (twin brothers from Eaton Ohio), ViFolly is a national touring band for hire and played approx 100 shows in over 20 states in 2011. All songs are written, recorded and pre-produced by ViFolly at Ash and Dust Studios, built and owned by Matt and James Prather.

  • indestructible

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2019 Sep 23
Wow, Its amazing to see a big master working, I learn a lot
2019 Jun 03
Literally learned nothing from this except..."Hey Kids..just put on CLA plugins heheheheheh......."
2019 Jan 10
Dingle berry means a ball of shit stuck to ass hair.
2018 Dec 10
came here to learn how he filters and scoop things... and he used the CLA series plug ins.
2018 Dec 05
Am I wrong or he only used a HPF in hihat? How he manage to get a balanced open loud mix, even with many SSL channels clipping and no HP filters in the box? What can somebody teach me about this?
2018 Dec 04
That was super interesting. I feel like the whole mix was a little too wet though, especially in the guitars. The syncopation feels a little hidden by all the reverb.
2018 Dec 03
you are my idol thanks very much
2018 Oct 13
I really like the insights and experience CLA brings to puremix. It doesn't fell "modern" but that's not a bad thing, we need to know and remember how old school works and why it worked well. Although it was kind of funny or weird about having the assistant in the video also. But overall great tutorial! To know the basics and not to forget the classic "it's common sense but no body does it"!!
2018 Oct 11
Chris Lord Alge: Just a word, thank you! having notions of sound engineer, it is by far one of the best formations that I have been able to follow. What's more, the song you chose to mix is ​​simply outstanding! thanks to you, I now have a different vision of the mix "in the box", and especially much clearer. Thank you Chris Lord Alge and thank you Puremix!
2018 Oct 06
Is it just me, or do the drums with the reverse effect on it sound like Billy Squiers "The Stroke"? ;-)
2018 Oct 04
Great video! Fun town! Lots' to chew on. Love the sound of CLA snare and kicks samples...but, can we mix songs with out drum samples? Maybe not. Vocal through the Devil-loc was amazing! Side note...would be cool to see how that mix would A-B with an analog summing box. ...Or using Waves NLS. Thanks!!
Edouard Philippe
2018 Oct 03
That was Great. That was real. I really enjoyed it.
2018 Oct 02
the coolest mixer..
2018 Oct 01
Really enjoyed the master class, I wanted to listen to the song on Spotify or iTunes, but I can't locate this artist by song title or name.. Vi Foley..? Thank you so much!
2018 Oct 01
Please, subtitles in spanish. Thanks!
2018 Sep 30
Great tutorial! Got the tools, now I just need to find myself a Nik.
2018 Sep 30
Chris, You are a great man for all your work as a special mixing engineer. Best regards,
2018 Sep 30
My Favorite video yet. Superb! :)
2018 Sep 30
Great Video. I like ITB Tutorials.
2018 Sep 29
Excellent tutorial. Helped me understand a lot more, well appreciated that you took the time to do this. Ps. Fantastic song and your mixing was superb.
2018 Sep 29
Also such a wealth of information and workflow. One of my very favorites.
2018 Sep 29
CLA kickin ass ❤️
2018 Sep 29
Another great pureMix video. Love watching CLA work! And the results are so inspiring. Thanks!
2018 Sep 29
Once again PUREMIX is making me a far better mixer and overall better musician . Big thanks to Chris for what he shares and how he shares which makes me laugh often. The mixing of the groups and what he shared about automation was epic info.