Darrell Thorp Mixing Foster The People

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02h 33min


Darrell Thorp has been trusted to record and mix studio albums for artists like Radiohead, The Foo Fighters, Beck and dozens more in some of the best rooms in the world.  So when Foster The People needed someone to record a live performance for them, they knew who to call.

As the demand increases for bands to produce more content in the streaming age, so does the need for recording and mixing engineers to rise up to the challenge of capturing an electrifying real-time performance and delivering it to the world. 

In this two and a half hour long tutorial, Darrell shows you how he overcame the challenges associated with mixing a live performance video for the indie rock band, Foster The People. 

See how Darrell:

  • Compensates for a boomy acoustic venue
  • Identifies and corrects polarity and phase issues
  • Levels out inconsistent drums 
  • Mixes the bands triggered samples with live acoustic drums
  • Befriends the bleed in the vocal and stage microphones
Equipment & Software


  • D-Verb
  • FabFilter Pro DS
  • FabFilter Pro G
  • FabFilter Pro MB
  • FabFilter Pro Q2
  • Massey L2007
  • Sound Radix Drum Leveler
  • Soundtoys Micro Shift
  • SSL E Series Channel Strip
  • Trim
  • UAD 1176 Rev A
  • UAD API 550A
  • UAD Dbx 160
  • UAD EL7 Fatso Jr
  • UAD Fairchild 660
  • UAD Little Labs VOG
  • UAD Maag EQ4
  • UAD Millennia NSEQ-2
  • UAD Neve 1073
  • UAD Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor
  • UAD SPL Transient Designer
  • UAD Teletronix LA-2A
  • UAD Tube-Tech CL 1B
  • Valhalla Vintage Verb
  • Valhalla Freq Echo
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Darrell Thorp

Darrell Thorp is a Seven-Time Grammy Award Winning (OutKast, Radiohead, Switchfoot, Molotov, Beck) Producer, Mixer and Engineer with over 18-years of experience under his belt and many multi-platinum records to his discography.

After finishing 4 years of service in the U.S. Navy, he moved to Los Angeles in 1997 and started interning at smaller studios where he eventually worked his way up to an Assistant Engineer at some of L.A.'s prestigious studios such as Track Record, Conway, and finally, Ocean Way Recording. It was at Ocean Way Recording that Darrell met famed Radiohead producer, Nigel Godrich. Shortly after meeting Godrich, Darrell became his full time engineer and ended up recording Beck “Sea Change”, Radiohead “Hail to The Thief”, Paul McCartney’s “Chaos and Creation In The Back Yard” and many others.





Paul McCartney


Nigel Godrich

Featured Artists and Musics

Formed in Los Angeles in 2009 by multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter Mark Foster, indie rock trio Foster the People make melodic, atmospheric, dance-oriented pop.

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2018 Jun 15
I really liked how Darrell explained what he was doing and that he did not go over the top with a million different plug-ins. He dropped in a number of good tips along the way as well. Excellent video!
2018 Jun 11
Im wondering why he didnt adjust the attack of the tom gates to the fastest
2018 May 27
I just love it. Darrell's tips and tricks are so insightful.
Arnold Vigh
2018 May 25
Darrel went into a dark and mysterious forest with the Snare phase... :)))
Some Guy
2018 May 25
Man is that noise gate on Darrell sure annoying! Ironically the gate on him exhibits exactly the problem with gating that he talks about with the toms.
2018 May 23
Thnks puremix! Great vid! Now that's what I'm talking about!!
2018 May 21
Love it!