Distortion Techniques with Andrew Scheps

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Distortion. Is it good? Bad? Right? Wrong? The answer is Yes.

Distortion comes in many flavors. It can be used to enhance sounds by adding harmonic complexity or as a sound design tool to create unique sounds. No matter how you use it, distortion is an invaluable tool to add to your arsenal.

Grammy-winner Andrew Scheps teaches you what is happening to your audio when it distorts and how to use that knowledge to your advantage. See how Andrew uses distortion to create interesting sounds and make elements sit into, or jump out of a mix.

 In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to:

  • Add the appearance of older recordings
  • Add Length to sounds
  • Morph distorted electric guitars with EQ
  • Create space and depth on vocals with parallel distortions

Learn the many uses of distortion from the one and only Andrew Scheps.

Equipment & Software
  • Avid Dyn3 Expander / Gate
  • Avid EQ3
  • Avid Lo-Fi
  • Crane Song Phoenix II
  • Eventide H910
  • FabFilter Saturn
  • SansAmp PSA-1
  • Sound Toys Decapitator
  • Sound Toys Devil-Loc
  • UAD Ampeg SVTVR
  • UAD Studer A800
  • Waves CLA-76
  • Waves Kramer HLS
  • u-he Satin
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    Andrew Scheps

    Andrew Scheps is a music producer, mixing engineer and record label owner based in the United Kingdom. He has received Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album for his work on Red Hot Chili Peppers' Stadium Arcadium, Album Of The Year for Adele's 21, and also Best Reggae Album for Ziggy Marley's Fly Rasta.

    Andrew started as a musician, but found that what he enjoyed most was working behind the scenes. This led him to study recording at the University of Miami. After graduating, he spent some time working for Synclavier, and then on the road with Stevie Wonder (as a keyboard tech) and Michael Jackson (mixing live sound). But he found his home in the studio, and he honed his craft working for producers such as Rob Cavallo, Don Was and Rick Rubin.

    Andrew collaborated with Waves in order to create his own line of plug-ins which include the Scheps 73 EQ and the Scheps Parallel Particles.

    Andrew is one of the best known mixing engineers in the world, well-known for his Rear Bus mixing techniques that he developed working on his 64 input Neve 8068 console and his love for distortion of any kind. If you are watching pureMix videos you will see that he managed to carry his analog sound signature over to a fully portable digital rig. These days, Andrew mixes completely In The Box as it allows him much greater flexibility and the ability to work on several project simultaneously.



    Lana Del Rey

    Red Hot Chili Peppers


    Michael Jackson

    Green Day

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    2020 Mar 27
    Very cool video but to basic plug-ins used in my opinion, this is for beginner enginneers, which is cool too ! :)
    2018 Dec 24
    Andrew always makes me consider more possibilities and new aspects with respect to approaching sounds. Nice discussion.
    2018 Mar 12
    We only have 5 starts to rate this Tutorial and it is beyond that. Thanks for this class.
    2018 Mar 02
    Rated the video with 5 stars, then watched it!
    2018 Feb 14
    Fun, interesting, informative and will help your mixing. Andrew is a living master of our craft. Amazing how he shares so much. Enjoy.
    2018 Feb 13
    Really liked this video. Andrew is great, as always. Shows a lot of distortion uses I wouldn't have imagined.
    2018 Feb 09
    Thanks Andrew! You rock! "Be creative .... Be awesome!", hmmmm yeah, I'll try this for a change ;-)
    2018 Feb 08
    please subtitles in Spanish
    2018 Feb 08
    Just when I thought I knew all about something Scheps teaches me more about a topic. Great video taught by one of the best audio engineers out there....who somehow also has fantastic teaching chops. Highly recommend for all levels.