Inside the Mix: Red Hot Chili Peppers w/Andrew Scheps


02h 32min


This is your chance to see how Grammy-winning engineer/producer Andrew Scheps mixed the legendary rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers' song Pink as Floyd.

Learn how a multi-platinum mix engineer collaborated with the band and producer Rick Rubin to record and mix the group in both large-format studios and home studios.

Hear how he captured the band’s characteristically funky and energetic vibe then translated that into a punchy and finished mix. Andrew teaches you how he applies and adapts his mix template to craft the mix quickly with dynamics and vibe.

Andrew dissects his final mixing session and shows you how to:

  • Combine close mics, overheads, and room mics to create a cohesive sound to the drums as one instrument
  • Use shared compression for a night and day difference on the drum tone and add dynamics to the entire arrangement
  • Take a mix from sounding "awesome" to sounding "finished"
  • Setup mix bus processing to do more with less in terms of processing
  • Get Flea's signature bass tone using a combination of mics and DI
  • Make acoustic and electric guitars sit perfectly in the mix
  • Use both subtractive and additive EQ to enhance the sound of individual tracks
  • Add creative special effects to spice up the bridge and take it into a new space
  • Keep the Anthony Kiedis’ lead vocals sounding present and powerful even when the mix is dense and layered
  • Judge and tweak the gain stage the entire mix based on the 2 bus compressor
  • Use stereo width manipulation with hard panning to make a great stereo image in headphones and speakers alike

Pick up dozens of tips and tricks from Andrew's decades of experience and learn the process and mixing system he uses on one of the most successful bands ever.

BONUS: Download the exercise files and practice mixing the song for yourself! The artist and their label were gracious enough to allow pureMixers the chance to try their hand at mixing a portion of the song using the same raw multitrack stems Andrew mixed. Put your skills to the test and apply some of your new found techniques.

Exercise files
Equipment & Software
  • Smack
  • Lo-fi
  • Scheps 63
  • EQ III 
  • UAD Pultec
  • CLA-2A
  • CLA-76
  • Roland RE-201 Space Echo
  • bx digital v2
  • RBass
  • RVox
  • UAD Helios 69
  • JLM LA500
  • dbx 160
  • UAD EL7 Fatso Jr
  • H-Reverb
  • L2
  • FilterBank F202
  • Soundtoys Little Microshift
  • ReVibe II
  • Fairchild 660/670
  • Massey L2007
  • UAD Neve 33609
  • UAD Neve 31102
  • UAD 1176AE
  • UAD EMT 140
  • Phoenix II
  • Aphex Vintage Exciter
  • H910 Dual Harmonizer
  • D-Verb
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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.

Scheps is known for his balanced and modern sounding mixes. He is also the owner and president of Tonequake Records



Lana Del Rey

Red Hot Chili Peppers


Michael Jackson

Green Day

Featured Artists and Musics
Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers is an American funk rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1983. The group's musical style primarily consists of rock with an emphasis on funk, as well as elements from other genres such as punk rock and psychedelic rock. Currently, the band consists of founding members vocalist/rhythm guitarist Anthony Kiedis and bassist Flea, longtime drummer Chad Smith, and former touring guitarist Josh Klinghoffer.

  • Pink as Floyd

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2017 Dec 13
@pjotalamas You've answered your own question by saying how much gain reduction is happening at the compressor and limiter. That's how loud things are hitting the mix buss. I really don't look at meters or clip lights. When the balance is good I know when the mix needs be pushed or brought down, and I just do it. I don't think there are a lot of red lights on the audio tracks, but there might be...
2017 Dec 13
Thank you Andrew for another amazing tutorial! I have a question: When you send your uncompressed kick and snare to your mixbus do you see red lights on the individual channels? (I know about the floating point mixer). I try to understand how hard the transients hit the mixbus. I have noticed that you normally do a 3-4 db GR on the Neve 33609 and with a limiter doing 4-6 db of GR (which the whole mix going). Are the busscomp and the limiter catching the peaks and pushing the snare and kick into their "right spot"in the mix - with red lights on the channels? Thank you in advance.
2017 Dec 09
@joebonn I never know how much gain reduction is happening in the rear buss. The template has evolved so that my post fader sends at 0 just send a copy of the tracks, and then with the master fader on the rear buss itself and the input knob to the 1176 it usually works out right. I never look.
2017 Dec 07
Many thanks to Andrew for this amazing series of tutorials! Quick question: does Andrew have a general amount of gain reduction that he aims for on the rear bus or is it all based on feel of the song and how much is blending in?
2017 Nov 28
I think this is probably the best tutorial I've seen on this whole site. Wow. Just a goldmine of greatness presented in such a humble and honest manner. Killer!
2017 Nov 27
Another great video from Andrew! The thing that keeps coming back is mixing is so much about recording the tracks properly to begin with. He is mixing a record not trying to fix it.
2017 Nov 26
Wow, incredible this is one of my favorite PM videos yet. Sharing your knowledge and thought process so clearly and with such detail. This is priceless to me. What gift to recording community. Mahalo Andrew and Puremix! David
2017 Nov 25
Thanks for the great tutorial! It would be even better to see the mastering process of that track
2017 Nov 24
Such an amazing combination of one of my favorite pureMix Mentors and one of my top artists! Love the simple, calm, clean, and detailed approach. Nice work again pureMix team.
2017 Nov 23
Amazing video (so far, haven't watched it all yet) but a sidenote to the EastWest comment, BSSM was recorded in 'The Mansion' ;-)
2017 Nov 23
Thanks again for another funtastico experience. For the record @AndrewSheps, I really appreciate you telling the stories, sharing the human experience and "going off in the weeds" to provide insightful b/g. That drum room just sounds ridiculously crazy awesome. Could listen to you talk all day. Excellent work man, be well x
2017 Nov 23
WOW , thanks you soooooooooo Much for the part on the drums. Kinda of new (15years recording )) but never thought about parallel drums in different parts . The strings are amazing. Very B Herrmann