Rich Keller Mixing Jared Evan Tidal Wave

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In this exclusive, multi-award-winning mixing engineer, Rich Keller, opens up the Pro Tools session for "Tidal Wave" and mixes the song from scratch while sharing his thought process and workflow along the way.

See how Rich Keller:

  • Listens to the stems and gives his initial impression
  • Quickly reacts to his first listen as he goes through the session track by track
  • Talks about the importance of knowing your room
  • Breaks down the vocal chain on Jared's lead and background vocals
  • Adds an SSL G Compressor to the stereo bus and demonstrates his favorite settings. Watch him go too far and show how to find the sweet spot on a bus compressor
  • Uses the Brainworx Sub Synthesizer plugin to add bottom to the bass
  • Explains when he reaches for an Empirical Labs Arouser in place of a Distressor
  • Shapes the sound of the synth pad with a Brainworx 2098 EQ to add texture while keeping it away from the vocals
  • Sets up scene changes between the verses and choruses using different effect chains on the vocals
  • Discusses important life lessons he has learned that have helped him create a career that makes him a first call mixer for artists for decades to come

After you have seen how Rich mixed it, download the exercise files and practice what you have learned.

Watch Rich Keller, mix "Tidal Wave" from Jared Evan. Only on

Exercise files
Equipment & Software
  • Avid Air Chorus
  • Avid Mod Delay III
  • Empirical Labs Arousor
  • Fab Filter Pro-L2
  • Plugin Alliance Maag EQ2
  • SPL Passeq
  • Sound Toys Echoboy
  • Sound Toys Effect Rack
  • UAD API Vision Console
  • UAD Distressor
  • UAD Lexicon 480L
  • UAD Neve 1073
  • UAD Precission De-Esser
  • UAD SSL G Bus
  • UAD Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor
  • Valhalla Shimmer
  • bx_2098 EQ
  • bx_console N
  • bx_console SSL 4000 E
  • bx_console SSL 4000 G
  • bx_subsynth
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Rich Keller

With 4 Grammy Award nominations, 29 Platinum albums, and over 75 million albums sold, it is no surprise that Rich has continued to be a first call mixer and producer for hip hop and R&B royalty like Snoop Dogg, DMX, Jay Z, Nipsey Hussle Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Lil Wayne, Mariah Carey, Method Man, Rick Ross, and many many more.

Rich's career spans the breadth of hip hop since 1992, earning him official "OG" status.

Rich attended North Texas State University and the City College of New York where he studied jazz bass with legendary bassist Ron Carter.



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2022 Sep 14
Life lessons here. Love to learn from those who just doesn't focus on technicalities.
2022 May 05
Everything about this is IT!!! Thanks for doing this, Sir!
2022 Apr 22
Wow, great fun to gain so much knowledge from Rich Keller. Thank you for the opportunity to watch this!!
2022 Feb 17
LOVE IT!!!!! More HipHop mixing!!!!
2021 Dec 16
Vraiment excellent.
Geoff Manchester
2021 Dec 06
This is so refreshing as a subscriber. There's a recent trend on Puremix to have people revisit very old mixes, and some may find that content valuable (I personally do not). To have Rich mix something from start to finish is the reason I stay subscribed. Great job Rich, great job Puremix.
2021 Dec 05
Same Here. Love Rich's tutorials. Would love to see him as a regular on Puremix!! Keep up the good work Puremix!!
2021 Nov 27
I'm not really a huge fan of this genre but Rich is so talented and down to Earth, I'll watch anything that comes through with his name on it. The straightforward approach is applicable to any style. Thank you !