Darrell Thorp Mixing Future Elevators


01h 51min


In this full-length mixing tutorial, Grammy winner Darrell Thorp teaches you all of the tricks and techniques he uses to help enhance dream-pop indie rockers Future Elevators from a creative and raw production to a finished and exciting mix.

See how Darrell combines bold decisions and simple tweaks that stay true to the artist’s vision and also add a layer of details that give the mix the perfect amount of polish.

Darrell explains his unique mixing philosophy and unorthodox techniques that help him create killer sounding mixes including:

  • Extracting the maximum amount of tone from the drums to support the guitars and other instruments
  • Adding low end and fixing a flat kick drum sound
  • Fixing a wooly and boomy sounding bass tone with an innovative EQ plugin
  • Metering and maintaining headroom in a dense mix
  • Applying in-the-box mix bus compression and EQ
  • Working with multiple layers of keyboards and guitars and getting a clear and punchy sound from each instrument
  • Tweaking his listening volume for the ideal monitoring at each stage of the mix
  • Fixing harshness with multiband compression
  • Session setup and how to begin each mix with an open mind
  • Gain staging tracks to optimize for later adding automation and plugins

Watch and learn as Darrell works on the mix from start to finish and then download the complete multitrack stems and practice mixing the song for yourself!

Exercise files
Equipment & Software
  • Avid D-Verb
  • Avid DYN3 Compressor /. Limiter
  • Avid EQ III
  • Avid Trim
  • Bomb Factory BF-76
  • Fabfilter Pro-DS
  • Fabfilter Pro-MB
  • Fabfilter Pro-Q2
  • Slate VBC Rack
  • Sound Radix Surfer EQ
  • UAD API 550A
  • UAD Ampex ATR-102
  • UAD EP-34 Tape Echo
  • UAD Fairchild 660
  • UAD Fatso Jr
  • UAD Lexicon 224
  • UAD Little Labs VOG
  • UAD Neve 1073
  • UAD SSL E Channel
  • UAD Teletronix LA-2
  • UAD UA 1176
  • UAD dbx 160
  • Vahalla Vintage Verb
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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
    Future Elevators

    Michael Shackelford first wrote down the words “FUTURE” and “ELEVATORS” a few years ago on a rough instrumental demo. Recorded at his home studio outside of Birmingham, Alabama, the music never grew into a finished song, but that simple, surprisingly evocative phrase stuck with the multi-instrumentalist. It’s an apt phrase for one of Birmingham’s most original musical acts. Like Roald Dahl’s fictional creation, Shackelford—the group’s founder, mainstay, and guiding creative force—is something of a pop confectioner who thinks up impossible sounds and makes them a reality. His self-titled debut as Future Elevators expertly mixes whimsy and gravity, the fantastical with the everyday. Even as he grounds his lyrics in real-world issues, Shackelford fills his songs with new and improbable combinations of familiar sounds: the jagged pastoral folk of “Alabama Song,” the Rube Goldberg blues riffs of “Machine Maker,” the retro-futuristic r&b of “Modern World,” the warm drone of the ten-minute instrumental closer “Aphrodite.”

    • Machine Maker

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    TC Hotrod
    2018 Feb 07
    A surprising full mix video with a fresh and unconventional way of processing (absence of HPF, economy of plugins, use of trim plugin instead of faders....). It would be really interesting to know what is added / shifted /eased when such a kind of track come to mastering step.
    2018 Jan 25
    really interesting and a great different approach than the other tutorials. he certainly has really good resistance with low frequencies. I'm not sure if I could handle that much low frequency while mixing, but the end result sounds beautiful. ps: the picture of the tutorial and the image in the video of the same person is more shocking than the tutorial by miles haha
    2018 Jan 11
    Very nice but I wanted to see the "Vocal" part that seems to be missing. Can that be added?
    2017 Dec 26
    Very refreshing, no bull video. Top to bottom. Thank you for the content and tips. And for the Surf EQ tip; it's been added.
    2017 Nov 14
    Cool! I really appreciate the ones I can relate to and learn from. No crazy assed, out gear that the majority of us do not have access to. Keep them coming. Peter
    2017 Nov 14
    Glad to see new approach and styles. Thanks to all the PureMix team for stepping it up with new content !! Keep it up :)
    2017 Nov 13
    I really enjoyed this one. Fun song. Great information. Nicely done.