F. Reid Shippen Mixing Dierks Bentley

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Grammy Award Winning Engineer, Mixer, and Producer, F. Reid Shippen, has made a name for himself in the mixing world through working with some of the world’s most respected artists across a wide variety of genres.

You can hear his work on records from Death Cab For Cutie, Cage The Elephant, Neil Young, The Jonas Brothers, Backstreet Boys, Eric Church, Johnny Lang, Chris Tomlin, Dierks Bentley, and the list goes on.

In this Exclusive, F. Reid Shippen opens the multitrack of Dierks Bentley’s “Drunk On A Plane” to dissect the choices he and the producers made during the production and remixes the song in front of you to explain his thought process, workflow, and techniques that have helped him achieve success as a first call mixing engineer.

Learn how Reid:

  • Sets up his sessions before he starts mixing
  • Engineered the drum session
  • Turns a single shout vocal into a crowd chant
  • Adds multiple layers of drum samples to create powerful tones that cut through the mix
  • Uses the Haas effect and spatial processors like Crystalizer and the Cooper Time Cube to extend guitar elements outside of the speakers
  • Creates Ambience using Drum Room Mics and Drum Samples
  • Sidechains Background vocal effects to the dry send to avoid masking the dry signal.

And learn his philosophies on work hours and working with assistants.

Watch F. Reid Shippen mix Dierks Bentley’s “Drunk On A Plane”. Only on

Exercise files
Equipment & Software


  • Avid Dyn3 Compressor/Limiter
  • Avid Mod Delay III
  • Crowd Chamber
  • DMG Audio Essence
  • Eiosis AirEQ
  • Eventide Ultra Channel
  • Fabfilter Pro-Q2
  • Fabfilter Timeless 2
  • Massey DeEsser
  • Oek-Sound Soothe
  • PSP MixGate 2
  • PSP Mixtreble 2
  • PSP Spring Box
  • PSP Vintage Warmer
  • SPL DrumXChanger
  • SPL Transient Designer
  • SansAmp PSA-1
  • Softube Focusing Equalizer
  • Sound Toys Crystallizer
  • Sound Toys Decapitator
  • Sound Toys Devil-loc
  • Sound Toys Radiator
  • Sound Toys echoboy
  • UAD 1073
  • UAD Cooper Time Cube
  • UAD EP-34 Tape Echo
  • UAD Fatso Jr
  • UAD Helios 69
  • UAD LA-2A
  • UAD Neve 88RS
  • UAD Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor
  • UAD Trident A-Range
  • Waves C1 Compressor
  • Waves CLA Drums
  • Waves L1 Limiter
  • Waves Ouigtex EQP1A
  • Waves RVox
  • Waves s1 Imager
  • iZotope Alloy 2


  • Ampex Mixer
  • Aphex 204
  • BASE Bedini Audio Spacial Enviroment
  • Cooper Time Cube
  • D.A.V. Electronics S.I.P.P.
  • DBX "Disco" Boom Box
  • DBX 160
  • Dangerous BAX
  • Dangerous Compressor
  • Dangerous Liaison
  • Distressor
  • Dolby Model 365
  • Electrodyne Compressor
  • Focusrite Red 3 Compressor
  • Maag EQ4
  • Millennia STT-1
  • Mo-FX
  • PIE Limiters
  • Pultec EQP-1A3
  • Retro 1176
  • Retro EQ
  • Roland Dimension D
  • SSL 4K
  • Sony DRE 2000
  • Teletronix LA-2A
  • Teletronix LA-3A
  • Universal Audio 1176
  • VP28 Classic Preamp
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F. Reid Shippen

F. Reid Shippen has made a name for himself through working with some of the world’s most respected artists across a wide variety of genres. Over his extensive career, Reid has mixed multiple platinum and gold records and hundreds of charting singles and albums, including ten Grammy Award-winning projects.

Known for his hybrid analog workflow, Reid has brought his signature sound to records for artists such as Death Cab For Cutie, Cage The Elephant, Neil Young, The Jonas Brothers, Backstreet Boys, Eric Church, Johnny Lang, Chris Tomlin, Dierks Bentley, and the list goes on.


Neil Young

The Jonas Brothers

Cage The Elephant

Death Cab For Cutie

Dierks Bentley

Featured Artists and Musics

Dierks Bentley is an American country music singer and songwriter. In 2003, he signed to Capitol Nashville and released his eponymous debut album. Both it and its follow-up, 2005's Modern Day Drifter, are certified platinum in the United States. His ninth and most recent studio album, The Mountain, was released on June 8, 2018.

  • Drunk on a Plane

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2021 Apr 02
Fantastic from specific content to general workflow! Thanks for this video
2020 Dec 25
The Snare Samples from the Video are not included in the stem download, or am I wrong?
2019 Nov 25
I would like to know with what gear the acoustic guitar was recorded with. Anyone knows??
2019 Jul 05
this is just crazy cool from start to finish. i'd love to see that guy in an on site tracking video- esp for drums ;)
2019 Jun 04
very nice
2019 May 02
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience and expertise!! Excellent communication in a clear and relatable way!
2019 Apr 23
Please , subtitles in Spanish !!!
2019 Apr 21
Great ideas! Good tips! Thanks. Sometimes a little bit to fast but its great!
2019 Apr 08
Really enjoyed this one! New perspective, new tips and a really cool demonstration of talent! F. Reid Shippen is a great mentor, thanks to him and to Puremix.Net. Cheers!
2019 Apr 06
Reid Excellent tutorial and plugin tips...I will try the Neve VR filter & EQ boost trick on my analog hardware that I use to track acoustic guitars. Thanks!
2019 Apr 04
This one was amazing. So many great tips. Thanks to F REid for his generosity! Oh, and Crowd Chamber is ported to AAX now :)
2019 Apr 04
Great video. I liked Reid's style and willingness to discuss and share his "tricks." (No tambourine will henceforth go without distortion!) Good stuff, thanks pureMix!