Mark Needham Mixing Mona

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01h 52min


Throughout his impressive career, Mark Needham has been trusted by artists like Imagine Dragons, The 1975, Walk The Moon, Blue October, and The Killers to create the exciting and in your face mixes he is known for.

In this exclusive, see how he carries this legacy over to Mona’s hit single “In The Middle”.

During this 2 hour tutorial, Mark will show you how he creates his energetic mixes using techniques like parallel compression, harmonic saturation, creative effects and how he splits up the heavy lifting of tasks like EQ and compression across multiple plugins.

After you watch Mark mix the track with his signature techniques, you can download the multi-track and mix the song yourself.

Exercise files
Equipment & Software
  • Altiverb 7
  • FabFilter Pro-MBPro-DS
  • Relab Development LX480 Complete
  • Softube Saturation Knob
  • Soundtoys Decapitator
  • UAD API 560
  • UAD Ampeg B15N
  • UAD Ampeg SVTV
  • UAD Ampex ATR-102
  • UAD Chandler Curve Bender
  • UAD EL7 Fatso Sr.
  • UAD Maag EQ4
  • UAD Manley Variable Mu
  • UAD Neve 1081
  • UAD Oxford Envolution
  • UAD Oxford Limiter
  • UAD Precision De-Esser
  • UAD Precision K-Stereo
  • UAD Precision Maximizer
  • UAD Precision MultiBand
  • UAD Pultec Legacy
  • UAD SPL TwinTube
  • UAD SPL Vitalizer
  • UAD SSL 4k Bus compressor
  • UAD Shadow Hills Compressor
  • UAD Telectronix LA-2A S
  • Waves API2500
  • Waves CLA-76
  • Waves Kramer PIE
  • Waves Kramer Tape
  • Waves L3
  • Waves PuigTec MEQ5
  • Waves SSLChannel
  • Waves VEQ 4
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    Mark Needham

    Mark Needham is an L.A. based record producer and mixer whose credits include a diverse array of internationally recognized superstar artists including The Killers, Fleetwood Mac, Imagine Dragons, Walk the Moon, Shakira, Pink, Moby, Dolly Parton, Chris Isaak and many more.

    Mark is currently working in his studio "The Ballroom" in Hollywood, California.

    Needham is a self-taught engineer how manages to stay on top of all the latest technologies and music genres. His mixing style is very versatile and ranges from The Killers' rock sound to Shakira's modern pop music.

    Mark recently migrated from a 100% analog setup to a 100% digital rig using 2 Ravens side by side.

    If you watch Mark's pureMix videos, you will see that his decision making process is very fast and that he has no problem handling gigantic sessions with more than 200 hundred tracks!


    The Killers

    Fleetwood Mac

    Dolly Parton



    Imagine Dragons

    Featured Artists and Musics

    Mona is an American rock band based in Nashville that rose to fame appearing as part of the BBC's Sound of 2011 poll. The band was also crowned the Brand New for 2011 title at the MTV Awards. Their debut album was released in 2011 in the UK and 2012 in the US.

    • In The Middle

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    2021 Nov 29
    Loved the tutorial ... Forget the "less is more" attitude, he throws the kitchen sink on these tracks and it sounds sooo good!
    2021 Feb 18
    I'm sure this will be an unpopular opinion, but this is probably my least favorite video on PureMix to date. The song is mediocre at best, but honestly, I had to stop watching/listening when, after more than an hour since he slapped it on the vocal, he left that god-awful, fry-your-eyes, bright ass 80's reverb on for the rest of the mix. How anyone could leave that on there and start finalizing a mix with it is beyond me. Was the room really dark or something? Maybe the stuffed animals were absorbing a few too much high end? IDK... Guess I 'll have to listen to the final version.
    2019 Dec 10
    When I get a recording deal - I'm insisting the record company book him or its a deal breaker !
    2019 May 01
    I had the privilege of recording with Mark at Hyde St Studios in San Francisco more than 20 years ago. My band sucked, but you wouldn't know it by his reaction. He treated us like we were the rock stars we weren't. When I completely botched a drum part he decided to pull it from the first verse, which would be completely trivial to do today. This was with 2" 24-track tape and a razor blade. I will NEVER forget that. Nobody deserves their success more than he does.
    2019 Mar 30
    Why is he mixing in solo for the most part??
    2019 Feb 21
    Is that a fake dog?
    2018 Jul 14
    holy shit... had to pause the video to say that this kick mixing technique is never ending candy haha. Never thought so far has he does. This is excellent!
    2018 Jun 04
    Oh my god! He just Killed!!!!
    2018 Jun 04
    Oh MY GOD!!!! Soooo gooood.
    2018 May 31
    Musically this track is really firing on all cylinders, it’s so cool to see the process up close.
    2018 May 31
    Love Marks style. Fast workflow with great results!
    2018 May 31
    Awesome tutorial! Mark makes the track so much more punchy and exciting in such an effortless way. Good stuff :)