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Inside The Mix: Pharrell Williams & Daft Punk

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Grammy winner Mick Guzauski opens up his final mixing session and gives you a look into how he polished Pharrell's production on the hit "Gust of Wind" featuring Daft Punk.

Hear how Mick worked layer by layer to bring this song to life and gain insights on how a multi-platinum engineer takes a great sounding production and turns it into a hit record.

Mick shows you the process he goes through when receiving a session that already has a strong creative vision and plugins in place. See how he thoughtfully adds sonic details, respects the artist’s vision and still takes the song to another level with his mix.

With this Inside The Mix tutorial, you’ll learn how Mick:

  • Sets up the session to work efficiently on his control surface
  • Processes every element of the track adding the perfect amount of color and vibe
  • Uses groups and sub mixes to create a cohesive tone for the instruments and vocals
  • Tightens up the entire mix using subtle bus processing

Please note: This tutorial does not include the multitrack stems as per the artist’s request.

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Artist: Pharrell ft Daft Punk

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Song: Gust of Wind

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Mick Guzauski

He's won 11 Grammy Awards and mixed over 27 #1 hits, engineer/mixer Mick Guzauski is one of the top mixing engineers in the world.

Mick's love for both music and technology started when he was in high school. Growing up in Rochester, NY where there were no nearby commercial studios so Mick put together his own studio in parents' basement with equipment that he had begged, borrowed, built, repaired and modified.

In the early '80s, Mick worked with Maurice White and Earth, Wind and Fire at the Complex (then George Massenburg Studios). "Being around George was a great learning experience in both the art of recording and in audio technology," said Mick.

Then in 2013, Daft Punk was looking for an engineer/mixer to team up with on their fourth studio album and at the recommendation of mutual friend Mick got the call. Unlike most dance albums, the sound of Random Access Memories is completely organic and incredibly dynamic (and fat!)

Credits

Daft Punk

Prince

Michael Jackson

Earth Wind & Fire

Natalie Cole

Kenny G

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pbails
2017 Jul 17
The large number of clips labelled "bip" on such a well-produced song is encouraging to those of us who can't afford a lot of outboard instruments.
Chrisdmcc
2017 May 08
The arrangement on this is insane. Perfect and just allows a mixer to not worry about fixing anything.
jayhelmus@gmail.com
2017 Apr 25
Love Mick!! One of the best! He radiates positive vibes and I love that about him!
miromackie
2017 Apr 12
Mick is the best!
stevesideas
2017 Apr 07
Thanks for the video. Very informative. So, I'm guessing, the reason you are using different EQ's, compressors etc for different tracks is because some compressors and EQ's are better for specific sounds or is it because if you used the same EQ and compressor plugins the track would sound less interesting ? Each plugin has it's own sound to give the overall mix a more interesting feel...
nightfilm
2017 Apr 04
Really well explained, loved this
rickdrumss
2017 Mar 19
i loved this way of mixing!! thank you Mick!
fangjin
2017 Mar 14
I like Mick! I like the video. Thanks.
SPORT
2017 Feb 25
No sidechain compression between kick and bass?
Clair de Lune
2017 Feb 24
I want to give him a hug
LSDXERXES
2017 Feb 14
The great thing is that I'm not only learning the mixing! but also get the idea of the arrangement!!
butlerbob
2017 Feb 05
Amazing video. Great info from Mick, and amazing to see a Pharrell produced session. Was really cool to see so many Logic stock .bip files in the session such as Liverpool Bass. Just a great reminder that it's not what you use, it's what skills you got! Thanks
davidkane
2017 Feb 01
Quel beau travail! BRAVO!
paolon
2017 Feb 01
Well this Video is more a look into Pharells awesome Production and thats great! The actual Mix happened before i would say and Mick only enhanced it really well! Anyway a good video.
Richard Boyer
2017 Jan 16
You have wonderful ears thank you
LewisMe
2017 Jan 13
An amazing tutorial, loads of knowledge from the source. Apparently the song is mastered there with the plug-ins?
SamuelHenry
2017 Jan 13
Loved it! Thank you very much!
jockees
2017 Jan 06
AMAZING
Richard Boyer
2017 Jan 03
You have ears of a GOD hahahaha
cfoggin
2016 Dec 31
When you send this for mastering do you keep ALL the Master Buss plugins ON?
ViciousLullabyz
2016 Dec 29
Hey Guys What is the command Mick uses at 23:10mins to bypass ALL the plugins in ALL the channels. No combination of cmd+shift+alt seems to do it and i can't find it on the avid forums. Any help/input appreciated! ;) Might even be a macro, i don't know.
B4Lasers
2016 Dec 26
GOAT.
nzwilson
2016 Dec 15
très intéressant et instructif THX ;)
JASONFASHE
2016 Nov 30
M A E S T R O !!!
thyeks
2016 Nov 27
This Tuto is sooooooooo greaaaaat ! nice.
thyeks
2016 Nov 27
This auto is sooooooooo greaaaaat ! nice.
knobtwiddler
2016 Nov 23
These tutorials go above and beyond what I was expecting when I bought my subscription. I got a ton of notes out of that one and I can't wait to apply them. Guzauski is an outstanding mentor.
fedaroots
2016 Sep 25
Awesome. Thanks for sharing a real blockbuster song like this one! It's a production and mixing MBA!
Diegusva
2016 Aug 30
Amazing video!!! Thanks PureMix!!!
styner84
2016 Aug 25
Mick, you are just fantastic!
Producerpaul
2016 Aug 11
I'm sorry but this video did nothing for me. The mix is pretty much done. I don't know what "spill" means? I assume it means when tracks spill over into other tracks?!? I'm very old school and this is not my kind of music, I'm a hard rock mixer. He seemed to talk in circles to me, a little too esoteric. And not to be mean, but the guy bugged me, I don't know why, but he did. Sorry to everyone who loves this guy.
surfz247
2016 Jul 30
How can you not like this guy? Amazing video! Very cool. Thank you!
Pablolach
2016 Jul 30
This mix is so inspiring and what a great song and arrangement, wow! Thanks so much for show us this gem.
logic718
2016 Jul 23
Great job. Short and sweet and I dont feel like I'm missing anything. I too would like to know what Mic and Pre Pharrell is using on this.
M.Y.
2016 Jul 23
It's incredible! Thanks!
Kevin Gobin
2016 Jun 19
Excellent! Little goes a long way!
_francard_
2016 Jun 02
Awesome !!
Manley
2016 May 28
Wow Fantastic insight into serious mixes very interesting One thing i would luv to see is production of sparse acoustic & vocal mixes & how to make them shine
drumex
2016 May 22
Awesome stuff guys!
gepe
2016 May 16
Really great one!! Any chance getting to know, what microphone/preamp Pharell was using for the lead vocals? ;-)
walt.trammell
2016 May 15
Great Tutorial! Really enjoyed it
Toddhotline
2016 May 12
Loved it gentleman! Thanks Mick. Your decisions are so tasteful! Subtle... yet they have great impact. Fab and Ben thanks so much! I love the entire mix breakdown especially with A-list artist's work (like Pharrell). Some mix sites show mix breakdowns but few with artists and engineers at the top of their respective game. Cheers!
danielteo
2016 May 05
thanks Pure mix, this tutorial was the winner!
Rems
2016 Apr 30
Bravo
Simon Blanco
2016 Apr 26
I don't know what's so important about reading every single parameter used in every plugin. Just listen to what it does. Great video, great insight and.... wait, EQ3 used in mainstream productions? HERESY, HERESY I SAY!!!! :P
composermikeglaser
2016 Apr 18
Great video! It must be such a pleasure to mix music made by talented producers. The resolution is a little wacky, as a lot of others commented on; not the end of the world. I love the subtle additions Mick added in, yet he didn't touch the overall vibe of Pharrel's original vision. Enhancing the details in a tasteful way, bravo Puremix!
Gary Leahy
2016 Apr 17
GOOD TUTORIAL. AS MICK SAID NOT MUCH PROCESSING DUE TO EXCELLENT TRACKING. A LESSON TO TAKE HEAD. i GAVE THIS A RATING OF 3 ONLY DUE IT'S POOR RESOLUTION. FAB, CAN THIS BE ADDRESSED ON FUTURE PRODUCTION VIDEOS THANKS
simplymuzic
2016 Apr 15
Great video, very insightful. Like others, I too experienced poor video quality. Please upload a hi-res version. I would love to re-watch it. Also, what were the exact Altiverb ER/Tail settings? Like other tracks, it would have been highly informative to listen to the lead vocals without processing too, especially minus the reverb and delay. Vocals are the centre piece of modern pop productions and to me was the most important part of this video. I was waiting to hear about the decisions regarding the choice of reverb and how the amount was chosen. Regardless, very good video!
leonhughes
2016 Apr 13
Great video. Posted on the forum too, not sure which is best. The thing that is missing for me is how Mick approaches his automation. There is detail on the broad stroke stuff, but not the realtime fader moves. I'd love to understand more about how different people approach this and at what point during the process they do it. There are different schools of thought on this and it would be great to learn how it is approached by different people.
69bluesman
2016 Apr 13
I love vids like this! To see all this broken down and just how subtle all Mick's moves are, really hammers it home that less is more. These tracks are all pretty pristine though...so that really helps. Thanks Fab and Co. for this one!
loki_s_anger
2016 Apr 13
Hi! Same comment / question as jmag02 : the video quality is really mediocre. I can barely read the track/plugins names. Did you change the resolution of the videos with the website update? Cheers.
jmag02
2016 Apr 13
Stellar tutorial! Thank you to Fab, Mick, and Pharrell for giving us this opportunity to learn. One question/comment: the video resolution seems to be lower than on previous PureMix videos. I'm connected via ethernet so I don't believe it's a buffering issue. Thoughts?
Soundsource20
2016 Apr 13
Absolutely great to hear how Mick has everything ready to go in one mix arrange window; from VCA's, busses, master mix to stems. Also revealing to hear how efficient Pharrel works with truely easy and simple created sounds. But how Pharrel (and Mick) mix these simple elements with couple of high quality tracks, like great vocals, good recorded claps, a great merged kick drum sound and the ever soulfull strings, is even more revealing. What a video!
PageBoy
2016 Apr 13
Thank you for coming to PureMix! This was such a great tutorial to groove through. Great presentation. Thanks for sharing how the session was setup, and the VCA spill. Stellar.
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