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.

Exercise files
Equipment & Software


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


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


The Greatest Showman


Katy Perry

Twenty One Pilots

Grace VanderWaal

Dua Lipa

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2022 Jul 21
Gregg is my favorite producer because he understand music way deeper than others. He is a multi instrumentalist and plays piano at very high level. His harmony skills are impressive, sometimes he introduce some great chords to the songs. It's great to see him producing, the only thing I would say is about his electric bass joyce, I kind tend to hate rickenbacker basses....anyway.... great series, thanks to everyone involved.
2022 Jan 30
Really wonderful. Greg is a masterful musician and producer/mixer. Bryce has a voice that is ethereal. Learned a ton. KUDOS.
2022 Jan 19
why most often than not you guys won't cover maybe one of the most important aspects of a lead vocal .. REVERB.. he dint talk about what kind maybe why he used this or that .. thanks .. great series tho
Matt LeSueur
2021 Oct 11
Thanks so much for this. That goes out to Bryce, Greg, the gear tech (sorry forgot your name) and to the camera/editing crew! Thanks
2021 Oct 10
Greg is the best!!! Thanks for sharing!!!
Paulinho Rocha
2021 Sep 02
Thanks Puremix, Greg and Bryce. I just loved it.
2021 Mar 26
Love it. Tough to be on time for work in the morning. Just want to finish watching
2021 Feb 21
Greg is awesome. An superb producer and engineer.
2021 Feb 01
Vocal phrasing sounds a bit country pop to me in some words, the guitar adds some growly lofi realness to me, but... And I keep noticing clicks in bar 49, i guess they have cleaned those after
2021 Feb 01
Vocal phrasing sounds a bit country pop to me in some words, the guitar adds some growly lofi realness to me, but...
2020 Dec 30
Nice Video.
2020 Dec 30
Sorry Bryce but the intro Guitar are good . Created good atmosphera.
2020 Dec 08
I guess what Bryce tried to say by "twangy" was that the intro gave the song a country vibe with all those swells over an acoustic riff
2020 Dec 08
have never seen a better engineer than Greg Wells. I would like to watch more videos by Greg Wells. Thank you for these Episodes.
2020 Jul 30
After watching this series I feel very inspired. Thank you Greg for sharing your experience. Super helpful, especially for guys that diving between analog and digital type of workflow and can’t see hidden advantages of the second one. Great mentor, engineer and artist. Cheers.
John Kesko
2020 Jul 13
Best series I've watched! Loved every episode! And Greg, just pure love. No ego, transparent and explaining his process. I've learned so much.
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...
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
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 !
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???
2020 Feb 15
Great stuff! Good to see that professionals dealing with hardware issues also
2020 Feb 13
What a surprise didn’t know that Tom hanks has mixing skills. Great series
2020 Feb 12
This was very very intuitive, thank you!
L Pass
2020 Feb 10
Loved it.
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.
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.
2020 Jan 30
It was simply awesome! Thank you so much to all of you guys!
2020 Jan 29
This is PURE GOLD! Bryce and Greg are amazing. Excellent learning experience. Thank you!
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.
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
2020 Jan 28
Very nice session. Very good sound!,
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..?
2020 Jan 28
Multitrack steammmmmss you promise it in instagram ....soooooo thnx youuu guys!
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 !!!
2020 Jan 27
So much great information in this series. Thanks, Greg and Bryce and Puremix for the outstanding series.
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...
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
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!
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.
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
2020 Jan 26
Worth watching two or three times.
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!
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?
2020 Jan 25
Loved the series! Great job Greg and Bryce!
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!
2020 Jan 25
Multeee, hug this@#$!
2020 Jan 25
That was pretty dope...
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.
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!!!
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.
2020 Jan 25
maybe get a tech to fix that console, geeez...
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
2020 Jan 24
bonjour peut on avoir les sous titre fr svp
2020 Jan 24
One of the most inspiring and learning sessions in my life. Thanks a lot
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!
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?