F. Reid Shippen Mixing Ingrid Michaelson

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In this Exclusive, F. Reid Shippen opens the multitrack of Ingrid Michaelson's "Afterlife" to dissect the choices he and the producers made during production and remix 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
  • Adds multiple layers of drum samples to craft powerful tones that cut through the mix
  • Blends multiple outboard compressors and eq chains as well as plugins in the box to sculpt the perfect lead vocal tone
  • Maintains perspective throughout the mixing process
  • Manages headroom
  • Explains the collaborative process with Jacquire King for this song
  • Checks Mono Compatibility
  • Creates contrast between sections of the song
  • Uses his pop shine trick on the lead vocal
  • Uses 2bus processing

Once Reid has the mix at a place where he feels it is ready to present, Co-producer, Jacquire King, stops by Robot Lemon to listen and add some final tweaks with Reid.

Watch F. Reid Shippen mix Ingrid Michaelson's "Afterlife". 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 Puigtec 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

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2022 Feb 17
This instrumental sounds like a very american generic happy people waving commercial! haha
2021 Mar 13
Great vid!Minor thing, I wish you hadn't used a gate on your mic when speaking I just found it distracting.
2020 Jul 30
2020 Jul 28
Loves me some Shippen & King! Needs more distortion on the tambourine (you taught us that, Reid)! And we need files to mix! Did Ingrid nix it?
2020 Jul 26
muy bueno!! muchos consejos creativos para aplicar :)
2020 Mar 26
Although this is a long one, there are great bits that cover everything from workflow to creative thinking to balance and mood. This is as close to sitting in with a PRO as it gets. Excellent!
2020 Feb 19
Just wondering when the exercise files would be available?
2020 Jan 18
Worth it just for the head bobbing near the end
2020 Jan 17
Sheesh -- I've been a fan of Shippen's work for many years. It's incredible to see him getting some love. He's so talented, and his mixes are just insanely good. This one does not disappoint.
2020 Jan 14
Pure Mix has upped the ante! Reid has an amazing approach and cranks and tweaks for taste in each section. While there are tricks, the overall approach is completely intuitive. All I need is to put in the hours...
2020 Jan 14
Shippen is such and insane gear head! haha. And seems like a nice guy. Really appreciated the video.
2020 Jan 08
Love his approach. Super motivating and inspiring, F. Reid Shippen! -"These are the parts you get fired for" Hahaha! Thanks PureMix!
2020 Jan 08
Awesome! If there are subtitles that will be perfect.