Inside The Mix: The Heavy with Andrew Scheps

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Mix A Garage/Soul Hit In The Box With Andrew Scheps

In this exclusive, Grammy Award Winning Engineer, Andrew Scheps, breaks down his stylized mix of The Heavy’s “Since You’ve Been Gone”.

When The Heavy sent the multitrack over to Andrew, it had a lot of attitude and direction already baked into the recording. See how Andrew takes tones that were intentionally distorted and mangled and works to enhance the original vision of the artist to create a mix that is full of vibe and attitude.

During this two and a half hour tutorial, Andrew will show you:

  • The useful difference between compression and limiting
  • How to make the choice between compressing and limiting
  • Highlight the unique characteristics of individual tracks
  • How to tackle instruments like Baritone and Tenor Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Glockenspiel, Piano, Pipe Organs and more to work cohesively and fit into an aggressive rock mix.
  • How to add density and size to drums using Andrew’s famous “Rear Bus” technique.

Learn how to enhance the artist’s vision to create a stylized, unique and exciting mix, 100% in the box, from Andrew Scheps, only on

Exercise files
Equipment & Software
  • Audio Ease Alitiverb XL
  • Avid AutoPan
  • Avid BF-76
  • Avid EQ3 7-Band
  • Avid Lo-Fi
  • Avid Trim
  • Fab Filter Timeless 2
  • McDSP FilterBank F202
  • SansAmp PSA-1
  • Softube Abbey Road RS127 Box
  • Softube Spring Reverb
  • Sound Toys Decapitator
  • Sound Toys EchoBoy
  • U-HE Satin Tape Machine
  • UAD 1176 AE
  • UAD EL7 FATSO jr
  • UAD EMT 140
  • UAD Fairchild 670 Legacy
  • UAD Neve 1073 Legacy
  • UAD Neve 1081
  • UAD Neve 33609
  • UAD Neve 88RS Legacy
  • UAD Pultec EQP-1A
  • UAD bx_digital V2
  • UAD dbx 160
  • Waves API 550B
  • Waves CLA-2A
  • Waves CLA-76
  • Waves GTR Stomp 2 Lay D
  • Waves L2 Ultramaximizer
  • Waves Q10 Paragraphic EQ
  • Waves RBAss
  • Waves RVox
  • Waves SSL Buss Compressor
  • Waves SSL E-Channel
  • Waves Scheps 73
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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.



    Lana Del Rey

    Red Hot Chili Peppers


    Michael Jackson

    Green Day

    Featured Artists and Musics

    The Heavy are a British rock band from Bath, Somerset, England, formed in 2007 and have released four albums as well as a wide array of singles. Their music has been widely used in the media, with their 2009 single "How You Like Me Now?" being used the most and becoming the band's signature song.

    • Since You’ve Been Gone

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    2022 Feb 01
    Awesome as always. Always looking for what you route to the rear buss, sometimes has a reverb with the band. Thanks sir.
    2020 Nov 02
    very interisting way to mix the drums!!
    2020 Feb 19
    I enjoyed the process, as Andrew's workflow template really offers an immediate sound that is exciting to work with. I did feel that, although I watched his template video, some of the routing in this project seemed quite different and wasn't really covered, so I'm wondering about how the vocal parallel processing was laid out exactly. But this has taken me further in the journey. Thanks
    2020 Feb 18
    This might be my favorite video on the site so far. First, I loved the end where Andrew talks about his creative approach on the middle 8 and production elements. I'd love to see a video of Andrew doing tracking and production. Second, I loved that some of the tracked material was maybe not so perfect. Sometimes when they were soloed I thought "wow that sounds rough". In some of the other videos (Ziggy, Zac Brown) it's like every single track was immaculate, and that's not the kind of sound I'm getting tracking in my bedroom, so it's cool to see how that can work. Thanks Andrew! Love this.
    2019 Nov 01
    Thank You! Perfect video, but why exercise files tracks are only 2:13 minutes length?
    2019 May 06
    Thanks a lot to show such great ideas! Of course this filter thing is so amazing and the part with raindrops. It has open my eyes in some way.
    2018 Aug 19
    The logic of laziness prevails again! Another top notch video from Andrew. @AScheps quick question: looks like the guitar bus was routed through the kit bus. Was this inherited and did it inform your decisions at all?
    2018 Aug 14
    So talented explaination of everything.
    2018 Jul 28
    Wow! Once again Andrew Scheps is the man. Such an excellent communicator as well as mixer. This video is another goldmine. It’s interesting that every time Andrew does the same/yet different thing.
    2018 Jul 26
    Great song! Great video! Thanks Andrew and thanks Puremix! I always learn so much with Andrews's videos, they are my favorite! ... désolé Fab, sans rancune ;-)
    Sariel Montalván
    2018 Jul 24
    Please, in spanish!
    Vegard Knutsen
    2018 Jul 22
    Thanks Andrew for another amazing tutorial! You're so good at explaining the mindset and philosophy behind the choices that's been made! Inspiring!!!
    2018 Jul 20
    "First of all the drums are funky as hell. . .which is a good thing." Love the honesty. ❤️
    2018 Jul 19
    A Huge thanks to you Andrew and all the people at Pure Mix for there amazing tips. The middle eight had me smilin. Time to start mixing
    2018 Jul 19
    The video is as always interesting, but that note on the snare is really annoying, especially since sometimes disappear. I know that adds character to the drums sound but really sometimes disappear and THAT is annoying. Thanks anyway for sharing your thoughts Max
    2018 Jul 18
    Inspiring every single time I watch this man! :)