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 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. 

Exercise files
Equipment & 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


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


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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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2021 Jul 23
2021 Jul 11
Really enjoying this! Does the video end after 56 mins for anyone else? I can’t seem to find part 2 and 3?
2020 Dec 01
I loved all of the production tips in this video. I would like to hear more production advice here on PureMix. I would also like to have more videos from Ryan Hewitt. He is a great teacher. Thank you!
2020 May 29
Ryan, seems like a very humble and highly talented guy. Really enjoyed his teaching here and the time that he spend going "why". Excellent tutorial!
2019 Dec 03
Great video, thank you for all of the insight. I really appreciate the reflection on the mic choice for guitar. You made a choice in the moment of tracking, and later you made it work, even though in hindsight you might have chosen a different mic. That is great! The EQ before 1176 on the parallel for ac gtr is great! Works So well. Lastly, the section on "faux" mastering is helpful and could be a tutorial all on it's own. Do you have an assistant bounce those alternative mixes? Do you "save as" for each of those "up" versions, so that you could adjust or check the amount?
2019 Nov 25
Perfect! Absolutely perfect! My favourite Lumineers song. Ryan is so talented and has captured the emotion of the track so well! I really hope to see more from Ryan soon! He explains not only what he's done, but WHY he's done it. Ryan's Blink 182 puremix video was incredible too. Changed the way I mix!
2019 Nov 06
I would love to have a list of used equipment for recording the songs.
2019 Nov 06
Very good. Good teaching. Exactly what I needed to see. Such an isperation.
2019 May 21
This stuff is amazing, but one thing: the "only" thing missing is the whole songs (this happens quite often here, legal problems, I guess) so we cannot work on the main thing, which is the song. If there's no chance to go from start to end we will always miss the point. But everything here is done in a wonderful way, I'm loving this guys!
2019 Apr 08
WOW watching this again. Wonderful video
2019 Mar 08
It took me a little while to fully understand Ryan’s template. However, once I did I could see how all the peices were working together in making an impressively powerful workflow for building a professional mix. My next thought was “Wow! this is a profound gift, provided by an exceptionally talented and generous soul!” Very rare to find in this world... Thank you Ryan Hewitt!
2019 Jan 17
This is an amazing video. It's like a masterclass in time based processing. Ryan is great at explaining his approach and the carefully thought-out touches that make this mix great. Thank you for sharing.
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.
2018 Jul 15
Truly outstanding! Thank you for those pearls of wisdom!
2018 Jul 07
Good one, but what happened with the Bass part (very low volume).
2018 Jul 06
good shit ryan
Sariel Montalván
2018 Jul 05
Is it possible to subtitle in Spanish? Thank you!
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.
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?
2018 Jun 16
Hewitt is the man! So much knowledge, so much dedication, so much motivation!
2018 Jun 15
Just fantastic!
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... :-)
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.
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.