Andrew Scheps: The Wall of Gear

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Andrew and Fab address the "Wall of Doom" behind them and talk about the gear he used mixing Ziggy Marley entirely analog.

Hear the history behind the gear that Andrew has collected throughout his illustrious career. Andrew discusses his transition away from analog mixing and why he now works exclusively in-the-box.

Finally, the conversation turns away from gear and onto what really matters when mixing professional records.

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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.



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2019 Jul 30
While I learn and enjoy virtually all the vidz on Puremix, there is no better combo than Scheps and Fab. They are the absolute Batman and Robin of audio knowledge and creativity. Always inspired by watching either of these two, but together.... Wow!
2018 Mar 11
Where can I buy this wallpaper? ;-)
human enigma
2018 Mar 02
This video is really grate for my unsecurity, having that one big question: if i need better gear to sound better?... so my mind kind of rests a little more. I am guessing that time will eventually teach my ears how to master better productions. good job guys.
2017 Apr 27
I love what AS said. "Know that if that mix is not great to you, that you aren't done." (I think I quoted that right) Simple. If you don't love it, you're not done.
2016 Jun 04
2016 Mar 12
I'm a firm believer in a minimal hybrid setup. More or less ITB but with a few tasty analog pieces for flavor on either stems or the 2 bus. I also love the sound of analog summing, which lends itself to fit right in to the hybrid setup. Andrew has some great tricks up his sleeve. It doesn't hurt that he basically has a PHD in everything that is audio and sonic character. Fab is no slouch himself...such a great ear!
Fabulous Fab
2016 Mar 07
@GTBannah: I can't speak for Andrew but for me what shapes the mixes the most, meaning what influences the transition between 'in my head' to 'that's the mix' are the room I am in, then the speakers/headphones and then the monitor section. Then the processing.
2016 Mar 06
I love andrew scheps man... His philosophy of minimal mixing has shaped me more than anyone. Please please please bring andrew back to do more mixes!
Sonic Reducer
2016 Mar 05
Did no one else notice his OTB mix sounds so much better and more inspired than the ITB mix ?
2016 Mar 05
So true. Good preamps, good microphones and good technique at tracking is the first and foremost thing in the mixing process. Then, be analog or digital (or both), your vision, skills and dexterity make the difference. Another amazing video set. Thank you!!!
2016 Mar 03
Interesting conversation! "It's not about the gear, it's what's in your head." Would/wouldn't you say, that the gear helps you get what you hear?
2016 Mar 02
Freed me up in so many ways!
Denis Boucher
2016 Feb 29
Thanks for making this interview Fabrice. Merci! Denis Boucher ON|Reflexion studio (Quebec-Canada)
2016 Feb 29
If it was just about the gear, anyone with money would be good at mixing. I have never heard anyone put it better, thanks!!
2016 Feb 29
@deciibel fais comme le reste du monde technique et apprends l'anglais ;-)
Saul Santilli
2016 Feb 29
Awesome . Thank you for sharing
Ed Maly
2016 Feb 29
Enjoyed this! Thanks!
2016 Feb 28
Please speacking in french !