Mix Bus Processing with UAD Plugins

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Ben Lindell demonstrates how he sets up his mix bus processing on a nearly finished mix. Using Universal Audio UAD plugins, Ben takes this dance-pop track from sounding good to great!

The goal with processing on the mix bus (aka 2-bus, mix buss, master fader, etc) is to deliver as close to a finished, mastered sounding mix to the artist. The closer you can get to achieving the sound and vibe the artist wants to hear the easier it will be for your mastering engineer to add their finishing touches.

It is critical to know how to achieve a coherent, rich, and clear sound at the final stages of the mixing process in order to deliver a mix that blows your clients away.

As always with pureMix, Ben details the purpose and function of each of these plug-ins, as well as the specific settings used. Apply these techniques to your own mixes and give them the finished, professional sound your clients are looking for.

Equipment & Software

UAD Plug-ins used :

  • Cambridge EQ
  • FATSO Jr. Compressor
  • Brainworx Digital EQ V2
  • UAD Precision Maximizer
  • UAD Pultec EQ
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Ben Lindell

Ben is a NYC based producer/engineer who has worked with artists from MGMT to Soulja Boy, Bebel Giberto to Lloyd Banks, Ryan Leslie, Olivia, Tony Yayo, Red Cafe, Edie Brickell, Carole Pope and hundreds of other artists from around the world. He grew up in Iowa and then attended the University of Miami.

In addition to being a fantastic musician he is also a tremendous geek when it comes to anything technical, be it software, plug-ins, microphones or outboard gear. It's this marriage of musical creativity and technical know-how that makes him an in demand producer/engineer.


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2021 Mar 04
I really like the A/B. Really trains my ears. I get a lot out of that.
2020 Mar 20
Great video! The only "issue" for me is the constant stop/play every time to see the differences. It takes me a little bit out of listening and I have to focus a lot harder because I kind of have to memorize what it sounded before. either way..great video indeed!
2019 Jul 04
Thanks. It's absolutely worth it. Every break just clean up the ears and I like this way.
2019 Jun 23
Tutorials like this are unwatchable because of the pausing and talking between A/B.
2018 Sep 24
Hi i saw on the right is another buss called Loud bus, what is this buss? do i hear it while the tutorial ? what is this buss for? thanks
2018 Jul 09
So subtle that it's worth saving the hundreds of dollars on the plugs and invest in a good singer and a good song.
2017 Apr 27
What's the gain staging on the limiter - seems to be adding a lot with just the shape button?
2017 Apr 17
I'd like to thank you for taking the time to explain these very important mixing processes. What I was most impressed with is the way you explained every step with great patience and communicated the reasoning for each step. I'm on board with you. All the best Pure Mix!!!!
2016 Jul 21
Cool but, Please do not Interrupt the comparison!.
2015 Dec 05
Enjoying the vids very much so far but just one comment in agreement with the couple above. I would much prefer if playback wasn't stopped when doing the before and after comparisons. I've watched other tutorial vids where the content keeps playing and you can hear the voice is just mixed in under the music saying "with" and "without". I find when playback is stopped in between comparisons, I'm only able to pick out the differences one at a time. When playback is continuous, I can hear them all at the same time
ulrich labus
2015 Nov 10
Please do not Interrupt the comparison!!!!
2015 Oct 26
Great content. I would find it easier to notice the A/B difference if you could do it without interrupting the listeners attention announcing the comparison. Perhaps just looping the section and switching between the two.
2015 Jul 10
Really good. You can certainly hear the difference very clearly even on cheap headphones. Thanx.
2014 Dec 03
Nice tutorial, but like most of the video's on pure mix its hardly ever mentioned about the mix room and space! Your room is obviously treated, but making decisions about 2 buss eq and compression to help the mastering engineer may well be hindering the mastering engineer, is it taken as read that your subscribers mix in properly treated environments? Kind regards Brian Emerson.
2014 Apr 07
Thanks for watching Frederik. 1) I chose my 2bus compressors by what I feel a track needs at a certain moment in time, my opinions are always changing. On this particular day I was feeling that the song needed a compressor that not only glued things together but also added some more character. 2) Yes I always send whatever version of the mix was approved by the client with all the processing intact. I always print a LOUD version that's at a "mastered" level (using a peak limiter) and a not loud version so there's additional headroom to work with in mastering.
2014 Mar 31
Great tweaks, Ben:) A couple of questions: 1) Any particular reason why you chose the Fatso over, say the SSL or any clean sounding comp? 2 Would you send the processed version to mastering or? Best Frederik
2014 Mar 27
Cleaned up the unneeded low-end on the mix. Nice job and nice tutorial. Thanks, Ben!