Inside The Mix: Andrew Scheps Deconstructing Rival Sons "Do Your Worst"

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In 2018, The Rival Sons topped the US and Canadian Rock charts with their epic single "Do Your Worst," produced by Dave Cobb.

In this exclusive, watch as Andrew Scheps deconstructs his massive mix of the epic "Do Your Worst" by The Rival Sons.

Part 1:

  • Explains how the production was done with producer Dave Cobb
  • Discusses how the mixes were sent to him
  • Explains how he decided the approach for the mix after hearing the rough
  • Breaks down the layout of the mix
  • Demonstrates how he created consistency across two separate kick drums between the verse and chorus
  • Explains the overall processing on the drums

Part 2:

Continuing with the deconstruction of "Do Your Worst" by the Rival sons, award-winning mixing engineer, Andrew Scheps, explains his processing on the individual drum tracks, as well as his parallel compression busses.

Watch as Andrew Scheps:

  • Explains the individual processing on the drum tracks
  • Discusses how he uses a de-esser on the Scheps Omnichannel to shorten the length of the kick drum
  • Breaks down how he creates glue between the attack and sustain of a drum by using saturation
  • Explains how he approaches the Glyn Johns overhead micing technique
  • Adds the Phaser drum track
  • Explains the importance of working in the context of the mix
  • Breaks down each of his parallel drum compression busses

Part 3:

With a massive foundation laid with the drums, Andrew Scheps continues deconstructing his mix of the chart-topping single "Do Your Worst" by The Rival Sons.

See how Andrew Scheps:

  • Adds a sans amp to the tambourine
  • Explains how the sans amp works
  • Discusses how the parallel compression busses work to tighten the groove between the percussion and drum kit
  • Discusses the history of the 1176 Anniversary edition that he uses as his rear bus compressor
  • Breaks down his processing on the main guitar riff
  • Demonstrates how he treated the doubled acoustic guitars on the choruses
  • Gives a level matched example of the rear bus
  • Deconstructs the synth and piano tracks

Part 4:

To wrap up his mix of The Rival Son's "Do Your Worst," Andrew deconstructs the individual processing effects and parallel compression he used on the vocals before wrapping up with a detailed breakdown of his mix bus.

See how Andrew Scheps:

  • Explains how he approached the lead vocal compression
  • Breaks down his parallel processing on the Lead Vocals
  • Deconstructs his Pultec LA2A process
  • Demonstrates the effect of the rear bus in context with the lead vocal
  • Explains why too much cleanup work can be a bad thing
  • Shows the vocal effect chains he used to emphasize the scene changes in the song
  • Discusses how the parallel vocal bus compression makes the Lead vocals and background vocals feel more like a complete package, then separate tracks
  • Breaks down his stereo bus chain piece by piece

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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.



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2022 Oct 17
I've watched this video a few times, with months of mixing in between. Helpful every time. This time, I am wondering why Mr Scheps send his drum verb, fatso, crush, exciter, etc all to the MxBus, instead of to his Drum Aux???? and yet, when he solos his drum VCA, it picks up all of that parallel,so,,, why???
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2022 Feb 25
Man… What a science… Amazing like few moves have huge impact…
2022 Feb 21
Spanish subs please
2022 Jan 25
What an eye opener, amazing teaching. Thank you!
2021 Dec 24
“In case you want to forge a check…”
Byron’s Brigades
2021 Dec 12
This is the video that conquered my year membership, absolutely amazing!
2021 Dec 04
Could you add subtitles in each video? if possible in Spanish! Great tutorials! looking forward to seeing more every day!
2021 Nov 27
Thx for Showing the Hold Control to listen EQ band on Omni Channel ! I forgot to read the manual i guess.
2021 Nov 24
Great video. It is so educating and much fun to watch Andrew do this!
2021 Nov 17
You had me at Zeppelin/ Another amazing lesson and thank you its rock. we will we will ?
2021 Nov 17
You had me at Zeppelin/ Another amazing lesson and thank you its rock.
2021 Nov 12
Great video from a great teacher... I actually watched the whole thing and started it from the beginning right away again. First time I ever did that...Thank you Mr Scheps!
2021 Nov 11
Does anyone else get an error at the 25 min mark? I can't watch beyond that. Tried jumping to the chapters but it doesn't work...
2021 Nov 10
Always a pleasure, Andrew, thanks!
2021 Nov 05
Amazing video. Love the musical explanations of the mixing choices applied, for me it doesn't get any better than this. Fun thing to try out for all you rear-bussers out there: put a one knob pumper after the compressor
2021 Nov 04
Great vid. PS. Tell Andrew that his Pulteq setting is NOT a happy face. (PlugInDoctor will confirm that.) It is an OVERALL several db boost AND a peak boost at 10k. This is confirmable on every pulteq plugin I tried.
2021 Nov 01
Great walk-through, Andrew. Thanks for showing, sharing, and explaining so well!
2021 Oct 31
Andrew you're a fucking master, thanks man.
2021 Oct 31
Excellent ! Et voilà
2021 Oct 30
As always, excellent content from Andrew! PSA (pun intended) - the Nembrini PSA1000 bundle is on sale until 11/1/21!