Joe Chiccarelli Deconstructing Morrissey "Istanbul"

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Joe Chiccarelli is a first call producer, engineer, and mixer for some of the world's finest artists, such as Elton John, The Killers, Jack White, Frank Zappa, Alanis Morissette, The Strokes, and so many more.

In this exclusive, Joe opens up the multitrack from "Istanbul" and breaks down the mix while explaining the tracking of the song, the thought process behind his mic placement, and every mix decision. Including a multitude of parallel processing and how he finds the sweet spot on a console for the right amount of saturation and glue.

Watch as Joe:

  • Explains the origins of the song and their intention as they crafted it from the ground up during tracking
  • Breaks down his parallel processing on drums, including distressors, a Chandler TG1 limiter, and a UA 176, while explaining which tracks are sent to the parallels
  • Busses the vocal through two parallels, including a vocal stressor, and an 1176
  • Explains each piece of outboard gear in the stereo mix bus chain
  • Explains how he and drummer Matt crafted the drum sounds to fit the intention of the song
  • Breaks down his thought process behind every microphone used on the drums during tracking
  • Shows his electric guitar parallel compressor and explains how he uses it to add sustain and weight to the guitars
  • Adds in two parallel vocal compression chains that serve separate roles in highlighting Morrissey's powerful performance
  • Unpacks his tips for EQing the parallel return of a vocal
  • Solos each of the many time-based effects running on the lead vocal
  • Explains the history of the custom console in Sunset Sound Studio A, and discusses the custom API 550 EQs on each channel
  • Demonstrates how he finds the sweet spot of the console by driving it for the right amount of glue and character

This is your chance to sit next to Joe Chiccarelli and learn his approach from tracking to mixing on the hit song "Istanbul" by Morrisey.

Equipment & Software


  • Audio Design Recording Vocal Stressor
  • AMS DMX 15-80 S
  • API 550 EQ
  • Chandler Limited Curve Bender
  • Chandler Limited TG1 Limiter
  • Chandler Limited TG12345
  • Daking FET Compressor
  • DBX 160
  • Empirical Labs Distressor
  • EMT 250 Plate Reverb
  • George Massenburg GML 8200
  • Lexicon Prime Time II
  • Neve 33609
  • Pultec EQ
  • Smart C2M Stereo Compressor
  • Sunset Sound Studio 1 Custom Neve Console
  • Teletronix LA-2A
  • UA 176
  • UA 1176LN


  • BF-76
  • EQ III 7-Band
  • UAD SPL Vitalizer MK2-T
  • Waves H-Delay
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Joe Chiccarelli
Joe Chiccarelli is an American record producer, mixer, and engineer, who is a native of Boston, Massachusetts. Starting his activity back in the 80s, Joe has produced albums by Morrisey, Spoon, Counting Crows, The Strokes, The Killers, The Strokes, Cage the Elephant, and the list goes on and on. He also engineered one of his favorite artists of all time: Frank Zappa and his albums Sheik Yerbouti, as well as engineered an album we no longer present Icky Thump by the White Stripes back in 2007. He would also engineer Jack White's future project with The Raconteurs, Consolers of the Lonely, for which he received his eighth of ten Grammy awards, for Best Engineered Album of 2008.

The Strokes

Alanis Morissette


Elton John

The Killers

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2022 Jun 01
Thanks so much, Joe. Love your approach and generosity in sharing. All the Best, Bev.
2022 Jun 01
This is heaven, loving this. So good. Thanks Joe (and Puremix)
Alexandre Si
2022 May 17
Joe you're amazing !
2022 May 13
brilliant! thanks Joe, really clear and insightful sharing..
2022 May 10
Really great! Thank you, Joe and PureMix.
2022 May 08
Awesome. Thanks for such clear and detailed explanation. This stands out above other “watch mentors mix” videos where you don’t understand how their philosophy translates into actual mix decisions. The A/B comparisons are fantastic.
Highlands Recording Arts
2022 May 07
Thanks so very much Joe! You are a great mentor (And you rock) - so does Alanis! Peace and Love!
marco bailo
2022 May 06
por favor subtitulos, gracias
2022 May 06
Fabulous your work. Thanks