Inside The Mix: Robert DeLong With Adam Hawkins

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01h 42min


Throughout the past ten years, Robert Delong has climbed to the top of the charts with his genre-bending electro-pop hits. When the time came to mix 2018's "Favorite Color Is Blue", Robert called upon Adam Hawkins to mix the hit single.

In this Exclusive, multi-award-winning mixing engineer, Adam Hawkins, returns to the original Pro Tools session of "Favorite Color Is Blue" to dissect the choices he made and explain the thought process, workflow, and techniques that helped this massive song explode across the world.

Watch as Adam:

  • Discusses delivering mixes at loud levels when receiving a loud rough mix
  • Track Organization
  • Explains how to deal with excessively bright tracks
  • Deals with resonances on individual tracks that can mask and clutter a mix
  • Uses various techniques to widen the stereo image
  • Creates a multiple drum parallel busses to build a MASSIVE drum sound while preserving the energy and feel of the groove
  • Uses compression and saturation to level out the synth bass and make sure it's always present in the mix
  • Uses multi-mono eq fed into a stereo imaging processor to treat each side differently and expand the stereo width
  • Modulates reverb to add a tail to the main hook vocal track
  • Dials in sound effect tracks to make them support the transitions in the songs
  • Uses multiple stages of compression on K. Flay to create a powerful, textured, and punchy and in your face vocal sound.
  • Creates space and depth around the vocal with mono delays
  • Manages chopped and screwed vocals, multiple doubles, chants, and adlibs to create a massive group vocal sound

Sit next to world-renowned mixing engineer, Adam Hawkins, and learn how he mixed the hit song, "Favorite Color Is Blue", by Robert Delong ft. K. Flay. Only on

Equipment & Software


  • AIR Stereo Width
  • AutoTune 8
  • Black Spring
  • Black Op Distortion
  • Bx Console E
  • Empirical Labs Arouser
  • FabFilter Pro G
  • FabFilter Pro Q2
  • IZotope Ozone 7 Imager
  • McDSP 6030 Ultimate Comp
  • Omnipressor
  • Revibe II
  • SoundToys Decapitator
  • SoundToys Devil Loc
  • SoundToys EchoBoy
  • SoundToys MicroShift
  • SoundToys PanMan
  • SoundToys Radiator
  • UAD API 2500
  • UAD EMT 250
  • UAD Oxford Envolution
  • UAD Roland Dimension D
  • UAD Studio D Chorus
  • UAD UA 1176LN Rev A
  • UAD UA 1176LN Rev E
  • Valhalla Room
  • Valhalla Shimmer
  • Waves Brauer Motion
  • Waves dbx-160
  • Waves H-Delay
  • Waves J37
  • Waves RDeEsser
  • Waves Reel ADT
  • Waves S1 Imager
  • Waves SSL Channel
  • Waves TG12345
  • Waves Torque
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Adam Hawkins

Adam Hawkins is a Grammy Award Winning Engineer based in Los Angeles, California.

Originally from New Jersey, he began playing guitar in bands and creating records at the age of 14. Adam got his start in the NYC recording scene, working out of Unique Recording Studios with artists like Big Pun, Rakim, KRS One, Kurtis Blow and more.

After moving to Los Angeles in 2001, he met Mike Elizondo and has worked closely with him as a tracking and mixing engineer ever since.

Adam has worked with artists such as Twenty One Pilots, Muse, Switchfoot, The Regrettes, K Flay, Robert Delong, Walk the Moon, Avenged Sevenfold, Gary Clark Jr., Regina Spektor, Tegan & Sara, Kimbra, L.P., JoJo, Mastodon, Michelle Branch,Keith Urban, Rilo Kiley, Alanis Morissette, Moby, Eminem, Maroon 5, Fionna Apple, 50 Cent, Rod Stewart, P!nk, Nelly Furtado, DMX, Eve, Jason Mraz and up and coming artists such as Half Alive, Call Me Karizma, The Score, and Winnetka Bowling League.

Adam spends most of his time mixing these days from his studio Acacia Sound in Thousand Oaks, California.


twenty one pilots



The Regrettes

K Flay

Robert Delong

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marco bailo
2022 Apr 06
subtitulos en español por favor
2021 Sep 28
Loved it! I emulated the reverse reverb trick in Logic ( I formerly had a different method of getting the same effect that took longer).
2020 Oct 25
Nice walk through. I enjoyed the track & the mix. Thanks, Adam!
2020 Jul 26
traducir al español porfavor!! :(
Geraldo Osterno
2020 Jul 21
Adam é pura honestidade! Adoro o seu fluxo de trabalho.
2020 Jul 18
Such a great and creative mix!
2020 Jul 11
Would love to know what was on his Master Bus/ 2 Bus
2020 Jul 10
I have a question. How did Adam mute all the plugins in insert slots A B C D E all with one key command and no click? I'd like to know what that key command is?
2020 Jul 06
Thanks for nice Mixing . My question about : 100% / 46% (content loudness 6.8dB) Your master loudness is : -7.2 LUFS and youtube decrease to -14 LUFS . What do you thinking for loudness war and loudness penalty on streaming platform ?
2020 Jul 03
I think the track called Snare NIN is a Nine inch nails snare.. well I'm pretty sure.. Let Mr Hawkins knows.. I wanna know if I'm right. :P
Phantom Studios
2020 Jun 30
Great video with a lot of very helpful info, thank you!
2020 Jun 26
please subtitles in Spanish
2020 Jun 25
The track is huge and the mix brought this hugeness to its paroxysm. It looks easy when you see Adam showing his work, but it’s not; keeping the energy without actually hearing or noticing the mix is a hard work and Adam did it really well. I enjoyed this mix breakdown a lot. Thanks pureMix, Adam, and of course Robert!