Ryan Hewitt Mixing Template

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Grammy Award winner Ryan Hewitt walks you through his ingenious mixing template, showing you how he sets up every session to work with his unique hybrid mixing workflow that allows him to mix quickly and get incredible results every time.

Instead of having to search for plugins and IO settings that he needs for every mix, Ryan has developed a starting point that puts all of his favorite signal paths at his fingertips.

After stepping through his template track by track, Ryan demonstrates how he sets up a song and applies his mixing workflow to every track.

In this tutorial, Ryan will teach you how to:

  • Use both analog summing and analog processing chains as hardware "plugins"
  • Mix with multiple parallel processing tracks to create the perfect sonic color for a mix
  • Keep sessions neat and organized with color coding, bussing, and printing stems
  • Create super clean and perfectly synchronized drum trigger tracks
  • Use stereo bus processing to simplify the entire mixing process
  • Differentiate sections of the lead vocal performance with unique and shared processing tricks
  • Stop looking at the meters and trust your ears to create excitement and energy in the mix
  • Printing mixes both with and without analog tape and limiting his clients are expecting to hear

Learn how Ryan uses his mix template then download his original session file (with plugin settings!) as well as translated versions of his template using stock plugins as inspiration to create your own custom mixing template based on his trademark mixing style and tricks.

Once you have seen how Ryan does it, you can download his personal template perfectly translated for the following DAWs:

  • Pro Tools
  • Logic Pro X
  • Studio One
  • Cubase
  • Ableton Live
Exercise files
Equipment & Software
  • API 2500
  • Aphex 204
  • Aphex II
  • Chandler Limited Curve Bender
  • Chandler Limited TG1
  • DBX 160
  • DBX 161
  • Manley Massive Passive EQ
  • Manley Pultec EQ
  • Maug EQ2
  • Moog EQ
  • NTI EQ3
  • Neve 33609
  • Smart C2
  • Standard Audio Stretch
  • Transient Designer
  • UA 1176
    • Software
  • AIR Stereo Width
  • Audio Ease altiVerb XL
  • Avic Time Adjuster
  • Avid Expander / Gate
  • Brainworx Bx_limiter
  • Fabfilter Pro-L
  • Fabfilter Pro-Q2
  • Focusrite d2
  • Slate Trigger 2
  • Softube TSAR-1 Reveb
  • Softube Tonelux Tilt
  • Soundtoys Echoboy
  • Soundtoys Micro Shift
  • UAD AKG BX20
  • UAD EMT 140
  • UAD Fairchild 660
  • UAD Lexicon 224
  • UAD Little Labs IBP
  • UAD Ocean Ways Studio
  • UAD Roland Dimension D
  • UAD The Culture Vulture
  • Valhalla Room
  • Waves CLA-76
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    Ryan Hewitt

    Ryan Hewitt is a Grammy winning engineer, mixer and producer with a credit list spanning all popular genres of music.

    Ryan found his love for music and recording working along side his father, famed remote recording engineer David Hewitt.

    After earning a degree at Tufts University in Boston, Ryan moved to New York City to work at Sony Music Studios. Opportunities then took Ryan to Los Angeles where he began working with The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Rick Rubin. This led to Ryan engineering and mixing the Peppers’ multiple-Grammy-winning double album, Stadium Arcadium.

    Rick and Ryan have continued to work together on a number of projects with artists such as Angus and Julia Stone, Brandi Carlile, Lady Gaga and Johnny Cash, as well as three albums and three live DVDs for The Avett Brothers.


    Blink 182

    Red Hot Chili Peppers

    The Lumineers

    The Avett Brothers

    Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

    What do you have to say?
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    2019 Dec 03
    Much appreciated. Thank you.
    2018 Sep 27
    Thanks Ryan for sharing this . I added a bit of Fab's and Andrew's to all of yours . Makes the most sense to me and love the quickness and how for me is so musical )))))))))))))
    L Pass
    2018 Jun 28
    Really cool.
    2018 Feb 03
    Fantastic! Was great to get into his workflow and see it trough his eyes~
    2018 Jan 26
    hey guys..when reaper template please... whe need this!
    2018 Jan 16
    Great Ryan!
    2018 Jan 02
    Subtitulos en español por favor
    2017 Dec 29
    No Plugins... BS
    charles-emile beaudin
    2017 Dec 22
    Cool video! I was wondering, he doesn't seem to have any issue with hardware parallel insert, these are tricky with phasing. I know he use a HDX rig, but still with the converter it can return slightly different and phase with the original material... Any info on that?
    2017 Dec 22
    Would be great to have some more detail in terms of the Trigger Samples Ryan uses? Specific question I know but are they custom ones or not?
    2017 Dec 21
    Great video! I wonder though, both Ryan and Andrew seem to do ALL their compression parallel? Don they use inserts at all anymore, or is that something they do while tracking?
    2017 Dec 21
    RH is an absolute legend and one of my favourite mixers/engineers. He has a wealth of knowledge and is meticulous! Can't wait to see more! Thanks RH and PureMuix! Andy
    2017 Dec 20
    Thank you for a great walkthrough. Very inspiring! Could you please explain a bit more about the STRETCH aux? Didn't quite understand what it does :-) Thank you again!
    2017 Dec 20
    Just little note: You can load setup for all tabs in ProTools I/O setup simultaneously by holding down Options key while pressing Import button!))
    2017 Dec 20
    Ryan's organization is perfection! Great tutorial, inspiring to those who aren't as organized :)