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Inside The Mix: The Lumineers with Ryan Hewitt

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Watch Ryan Hewitt Mix The Lumineers

As one of the staples of the indie-folk genre, The Lumineers have seen the heights of the charts several times. In April of 2016, the band released the hit song “Angela”, with a meticulously crafted arrangement and sonic landscape.

In this puremix.net exclusive, Grammy award-winning engineer and mixer, Ryan Hewitt, goes inside the mix and deconstructs the song piece by piece, going further than simple mixing techniques to explain the effect that a great arrangement can have to build excitement and take the listener on a journey, from a simple guitar and vocal song to a full-blown orchestral climax.

During this 2 hour video, Ryan explains how he:

  • Achieved the iconic vocal sound that establishes a connection between the singer and the audience
  • Created bass guitar tones that translate to small speakers
  • Added forward-driving momentum to unique percussion tracks
  • Creates contrast and scene changes as the song moves from section to section, all building up to an emotional finish

This is your chance to sit next to Ryan Hewitt, and take a behind the scenes look at the creation of an indie folk smash hit.

After you've seen the video, download the stems and mix it for yourself. 

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Equipment & Software

Software

  • Audio Ease Altiverb 7
  • Avid AIR Stereo Width
  • Avid DYN3 Expander / Gate
  • Avid EQ3 7-Band
  • FabFilter Pro-L
  • FabFilter Pro-Q2
  • Sound Toys Devil-Loc
  • Sound Toys EchoBoy
  • UAD 1176LN
  • UAD API 550A
  • UAD EL7 Fatso Sr
  • UAD EMT 140
  • UAD EP-34 Tape Echo
  • UAD Fairchild 670
  • UAD LA-3A
  • UAD Neve 1073
  • UAD Precision DE-ESSER
  • UAD Pultec EQP-1A
  • UAD SSL E Channel Strip
  • UAD Teletronix LA-2A
  • Waves C6
  • Waves Doubler 4
  • Waves H-Delay
  • Waves REQ 6

Hardware

  • API-2500
  • Chandler Limited Curve Bender
  • Manley Massiv Passive EQ
  • NTI EQ3
  • Smart C2
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Mentors
Ryan Hewitt

Ryan Hewitt is a Grammy winning engineer, mixer and producer with a credit list spanning all popular genres of music.

Ryan found his love for music and recording working along side his father, famed remote recording engineer David Hewitt.

After earning a degree at Tufts University in Boston, Ryan moved to New York City to work at Sony Music Studios. Opportunities then took Ryan to Los Angeles where he began working with The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Rick Rubin. This led to Ryan engineering and mixing the Peppers’ multiple-Grammy-winning double album, Stadium Arcadium.

Rick and Ryan have continued to work together on a number of projects with artists such as Angus and Julia Stone, Brandi Carlile, Lady Gaga and Johnny Cash, as well as three albums and three live DVDs for The Avett Brothers.

Credits

Blink 182

Red Hot Chili Peppers

The Lumineers

The Avett Brothers

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Featured Artists and Musics

The Lumineers are songwriters Wesley Schultz (vocals, guitar) and Jeremiah Fraites (drums, piano). They are joined by cellist and backing vocalist Neyla Pekarek, who became a part of the group in 2010. Their irresistible anthem “Ho Hey” took the world by storm in 2012, followed by a second #1 single “Stubborn Love” and their third charting single “Submarines”, all carrying them on a journey from the Grammys to the presidential iPod, from the top of the charts to the Hunger Games.

  • Angela

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RW33Rudi
2018 Oct 06
Ryan, top Lesson full in detail and expertise I enjoy this mastering lesson.
L Pass
2018 Aug 22
Ryan, is such a great teacher, easy going, full of knowledge, great laid back, fun approach, full of detail and expertise. Thank you.
alon.a
2018 Jul 15
Truly outstanding! Thank you for those pearls of wisdom!
I-have
2018 Jul 07
Good one, but what happened with the Bass part (very low volume).
kevinh108
2018 Jul 06
good shit ryan
sarielaurelio
2018 Jul 05
Is it possible to subtitle in Spanish? Thank you!
mataran
2018 Jul 02
Excellent! It's always a pleasure to see Ryan, so talented and at the same time he is of a natural! Thank you so much for sharing.
guillaume92
2018 Jun 21
Hi! I saw you never do reverbs on your delay, like bringing the reverb as a send on the delay track. Is there any technicals or artistic reasons?
dfhaudio
2018 Jun 16
Hewitt is the man! So much knowledge, so much dedication, so much motivation!
s_sibs
2018 Jun 15
Just fantastic!
stormymondays
2018 Jun 15
Fantastic! Really great insights. I'm a big fan of Ryan's work. Here's hoping for some Avett Brothers stuff next... :-)
mbradshaw3@carolina.rr.com
2018 Jun 14
Excellent tutorial and insight to your mix and production decisions. Please keep doing these ! I am working on the design of the 4 channel mic mixer that we discussed at the Eventide booth at 2017 Summer NAMM.
jmag02
2018 Jun 14
Tutorials like this are exactly why I never question remaining a dedicated Pure Mix subscriber. A perfect blend of production and arrangement theory with concrete mixing techniques, all in reference to an actual hit song. Would absolutely love to see more tutorial series in this vein, detailing the production and arrangement decisions in depth.
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