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Inside The Mix: twenty one pilots with Adam Hawkins

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Adam Hawkins Deconstructs His Mix Of "Chlorine"

Learn how Grammy-winning mix engineer Adam Hawkins mixed the twenty one pilots single "Chlorine".

In this exclusive mixing tutorial, Adam opens up his final session and shows you how he mixed this incredible production from twenty one pilots.

This is an in-depth look at what it's like to mix a song from one of the world's largest bands, while dealing with tight deadlines and a distinct sonic signature, where the goal is to enhance and maintain the artist's vision.

In this 3 hour tutorial, Adam explains:

  • His workflow in detail, including session setup, gear, routing, revisions and delivering mixes to clients.
  • The story of the song's collaborative process¬†between Tyler Joseph and producer Paul Meany.
  • How he received the files in Logic Pro X from the band and mixed them in Pro Tools.
  • His use of three different flavors of parallel compression on drums and how he automates them to change the tone throughout the track.
  • His treatment of 808s, that made them sit in the track without taking too much space.
  • How he enhanced the stereo bass tones on the record.
  • His technique for sculpting multiple layers of synthesizers to help showcase the band's unique soundscapes.
  • The use of Microshift and Little Alterboy on vocals and effects returns to add texture.
  • How he uses multiple stages of compression on lead vocals and uses different preamp and tape saturation processes to add tone and slap delay.
  • His use of dynamic EQ on the lead vocal to fight proximity effect.
  • How to use delays to fill gaps between musical phrases and enhance the energy of the track.

This is an exclusive chance to learn Adam's personal mixing techniques, methods and all of the tricks he used to mix a hit song from one of the world's largest bands, and then apply them to your own mixes!

Learn more about Adam here

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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.

Credits

twenty one pilots

Muse

Switchfoot

The Regrettes

K Flay

Robert Delong

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tovarn57
2019 Jun 17
Not really a big fan of the band, but this was really enlightening for me. Also, it's really cool to see big engineers using a great, free plugin like TAL's Chorus. I use it all the time.
tonybrant
2019 Jun 14
I was always under the impression that master fader inserts were pre fader, so if you did a fade it wouldn't affect your inserts. How does the master fader volume control the volume of the tracks going IN to the 2buss plugins if that's the case?? EDIT: I had that backwards. Never mind. HA!
tonybrant
2019 Jun 14
I was always under the impression that master fader inserts were pre fader, so if you did a fade it wouldn't affect your inserts. How does the master fader volume control the volume of the tracks going IN to the 2buss plugins if that's the case??
leesparey
2019 Jun 13
Fantastic video, seems like a really top bloke with great skills
paul.q
2019 Jun 12
I wonder if Trenches color scheme was inspired by Adam Hawkin's studio..
paul.q
2019 Jun 12
More bands like this, please!
xmreeves
2019 Jun 12
really nice series!
eslipkrteam
2019 Jun 12
No resources for practice?
pmlogin