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Start to Finish: Greg Wells - Episode 10 - Mixing

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With the entire production complete, the time has finally come for Greg Wells to pull up the multitrack for Bryce Drew's "Lucky Number" on the gorgeous, Sunset Sound Custom Discrete Console, loaded with API 550-A EQs on every channel.

Watch as Greg:

  • Sets up a Hybrid workflow with both plugins and outboard gear
  • Tries out a Custom Warner Brother EQ on the stereo bus
  • Sets up a parallel bus with an outboard Neve 33609
  • Uses an outboard 1176 as a parallel vocal compressor
  • Creates an incredible stereo bus path using a Chandler Curve Bender and SSL style bus compressor
  • Sends everything to a Chandler Zener Limiter as a parallel bus, adding a whole new dimension to the mix.
  • Uses Neve Flying Fader Automation
  • Explains how he works in mono
  • Discusses lead vocal automation
  • Shares multiple stories from his career of working with other engineers and vital pieces of information he has learned over the years

Now that you have seen Greg and Bryce create an entire song from scratch through to a final mix, it is your turn to download the multitrack and sit in Greg's chair to mix the song for yourself, in its entirety!

Watch the rest of the series here.

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Equipment & Software

Software

  • Fab Filter DS
  • Fab Filter Pro-Q2
  • Focusrite d2 6-Band
  • Sound Toys Little Plate
  • UAD Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor
  • Valhalla Plate

Hardware

  • API 550 EQ
  • Chandler Limited Zener Limiter
  • Chandler Limiter Curve Bender
  • Neve 33609
  • Universal Audio 1176LN
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Mentors
Greg Wells

Grammy award-winning, Canadian musician, songwriter, and record producer, Greg Wells, has been dubbed “A Swiss Army Knife” in the recording studio by the legendary Stewart Copeland for good reason.

As a multi-instrumentalist, he has the ability to artfully mold his productions with incredible precision, craftsmanship, and most importantly, taste. Combining his musicianship with his uncanny abilities as a producer, engineer, and mixer, he has seen album sales top 120 million, with streaming numbers in the billions. With a B.

His diverse list of credits includes superstars such as Adele, Dua Lipa, Twenty One Pilots, Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Celine Dion, Deftones, Kid Cudi, Weezer, OneRepublic, Ariana Grande, Pharrell Williams, Aerosmith and so many more that we would need a really long scroll bar to list them all. 

Greg has seen monumental success recently with the release of the motion picture soundtrack for “The Greatest Showman”, which he not only produced but played on as well.

Credits

The Greatest Showman

Adele

Katy Perry

Twenty One Pilots

Grace VanderWaal

Dua Lipa

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léo.ch
2020 Apr 18
Amazing!!!! Too bad its not in mono when he listen to it in mono. I was on my laptop with headphone and couldn't put it in mono...
Frankisoulmmxx
2020 Mar 27
AMAZINGGGG Production and beautiful voice. Although personally i'd rather have those guitars she took off on the intro. it kinda feels empty without them
marijeanjoron
2020 Mar 22
super tuto great!!!!!!!! peu t on avoir le vostfr svp
Oscar Gasch
2020 Mar 16
The only thing I would like to see is the lead and bckg vocals DAW track processing...
Oscar Gasch
2020 Mar 13
ohhh !
cfw0047
2020 Feb 18
This is brilliant on so many levels - lack of ego and willingness to take direction from the artist, transparent about process and willingness to explain decisions, stories and lessons that only come from working other brilliant professionals, and best off, the look on Bryce's face as she heard her song start to sound like a record. Love that phrasing - it's sounding more like a record! You all have outdone yourselves; honestly, if this is anything like what it would be like to do a master series weekend (this level of transparency and access)...any chance you offer them in LA???
PhatNoize
2020 Feb 15
Great stuff! Good to see that professionals dealing with hardware issues also
Born2Mix
2020 Feb 13
What a surprise didn’t know that Tom hanks has mixing skills. Great series
Trakvybez
2020 Feb 12
This was very very intuitive, thank you!
L Pass
2020 Feb 10
Loved it.
leobro
2020 Feb 06
Everyone did an outstanding job! Very educational for me. I love that Bryce held out against the twangy guitar at the top, and that Greg was egoless about it.
jerboythegreat
2020 Feb 02
Love seeing the analog 'failure!
TC Hotrod
2020 Jan 31
Greta series, really fascinating !This is a multi -angle learning story from completing the song writing to the final mix with a lot of tips and anecdotes. Great job - Thanks.
mataran
2020 Jan 30
It was simply awesome! Thank you so much to all of you guys!
tipi.pulkkinen@gmail.com
2020 Jan 29
This is PURE GOLD! Bryce and Greg are amazing. Excellent learning experience. Thank you!
EmissarySound
2020 Jan 29
Great series! I Love Greg Wells and his work. He's one of my favourite producers/mixers. The sound is great; well done! I'd love to see another one with Greg Wells. Bryce did a great job and wrote a great song. It would be awesome to partner him up with Mayer Hawthorne. Those two together are great and would be something else to witness. It would be so cool. Thank you.
krinzo
2020 Jan 28
Is so far the best puremix serie, i already thanked Greg, Bryce and Zack, since i would watch it again and again, can you add the sub? Also a post edit will be nice. This is a masterpiece and deserve a sub. Please
flexistudio
2020 Jan 28
Very nice session. Very good sound!,
guy.pelletier@century21.ca
2020 Jan 28
Fabulous Series - Thank you!...quick question...I noticed no use of reference tracks (at anytime)..does Greg use them to move towards a final mix..?
krinzo
2020 Jan 28
Multitrack steammmmmss you promise it in instagram ....soooooo thnx youuu guys!
hummarstra
2020 Jan 28
Absolutely loved the series. The parallel processing (and there was lots of it) alone was worth the time to watch the last episode. Thank you to everyone involved in this. I truly feel we're watched something special.
White Cat Studio
2020 Jan 28
Oh man this song is killing me :D. I'm really in love with this song and..... a little bit with her :D :D :D. It's a very great session. Greg did a great job from the beginning to the end, congratulations !!!
dbassmon
2020 Jan 27
So much great information in this series. Thanks, Greg and Bryce and Puremix for the outstanding series.
studiosix
2020 Jan 27
Aamzing Drums, overall arrangement. Enjoyed this series and can't wait to implement a similar workflow. I would agree with the artist about the "cheesy" country sound. I wanted to hear some mellotron for the intro...
rumblemakerzz
2020 Jan 27
Hello, nice work !! Good playing with a beautiful sweet sugar voice, this tutorial is very informative for a beginner! Big thanks, congratulations to all of you !! Greetings from France
CloverdaleStudios
2020 Jan 26
THIS is why I'm in this whole thing! Thank you Greg, Bryce and Zack for showing us how pros do it. Super inspiring!
hjeffh
2020 Jan 26
Really incredible, thanks. Greg's command of the different instruments is really impressive. For where I'm at, seeing how he edits and mixes as he goes was the biggest take away for me.
dvnt
2020 Jan 26
Cot damn yall this whole series was so dope. Looked forward to each episode every week. And this song was amazing. Amazing job
rwhitney
2020 Jan 26
Worth watching two or three times.
afranklinjr@comcast.net
2020 Jan 26
Very rarely do music lovers have an opportunity to be taken behind the scenes to witness the technical and creative decisions which forge a song into a "record." This series has given me a deeper understanding of the entire process, and I am grateful. While the song is impeccable in every aspect, I found myself cringing when Bryce asked to have the electric guitars in the intro removed!!!! Those "Country Music" guitar riffs were precisely what set the mood for the entire song and reminded me of something Babyface often employed in his many productions! Oh well... (LOL) Bravo!
bernsense
2020 Jan 25
Very inspiring series. Amazing musicianship by the Great Greg. I love Bryce’s voice and songwriting! One thing I don’t get: if the drums are audience perspective, and the hi hat is on the right, why have the floor to on the right as well?
LucBessette
2020 Jan 25
Loved the series! Great job Greg and Bryce!
lserva
2020 Jan 25
I loved every minute of this series! Awesome to see Greg do his thing so effortlessly. Great playing too, wow! Kudos to Bryce for an amazing voice and song. Best of luck with it!
Chuckswice
2020 Jan 25
Multeee, hug this@#$!
Edgardo
2020 Jan 25
That was pretty dope...
leesparey
2020 Jan 25
Really good series. When Bryce sang the BVs on the bridge it completely lifted it for me and really showed her class. The song tends to stick in my head for quite a while after each episode but it never gets annoying, great job by all.
Multeee
2020 Jan 25
Thanks!!! I love that Fab suggested making this series, and we should do it again. The Zener is returning to a pair of faders. Chuckswice, you need a hug!!!
Pearlpassionstudio
2020 Jan 25
Really great job....learned may things here on your PT approach with blending vocals... Excellent artist, song too. Your assistant is really fantastic/knowledgeable too. Really nice job Greg.
Chuckswice
2020 Jan 25
maybe get a tech to fix that console, geeez...
Paulfest
2020 Jan 24
What a great series! More Greg Wells videos please!!!! This is by far my favorite series about music production that I have ever seen. What a pleasure to spend some (virtual) time in the studio with Greg, watching his process. To Greg; I love all of the insights that you share with us. I love your personality and your approach to working with the artist. Your confidence without any arrogance is so refreshing! Bryce; you are so talented! This song is wonderful, and YOUR VOICE!! I even love watching Zach, & have laughed several times at his reactions (or lack of reactions). XD
marijeanjoron
2020 Jan 24
bonjour peut on avoir les sous titre fr svp
mucu
2020 Jan 24
One of the most inspiring and learning sessions in my life. Thanks a lot
Michaeltn86
2020 Jan 24
dying to see a CLA mix. man, I'm looking forward to videos like the lighthouse song. omg, CLA please mix it ! that said, greg, u are amazing!
Jobthako
2020 Jan 24
I learnt so much in this series. Greg for president please. just one question. Is the Zener output going into the mix buss or does the Zener and mix bus meet in the final output somehow?
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