Start to Finish: Greg Wells - Episode 4 - Recording Acoustic Guitar

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Now that Bryce has laid down a version of the vocal for "Lucky Number," the duo continues to build the track by adding acoustic guitar and re-recording the piano to prepare a firm foundation for what is to come.

Before sending Bryce into the live room, Greg takes the time to make sure that the mix they are listening to sounds inspiring and provides a vision for them to work toward.

In this episode, you'll watch as Greg:

  • Tweaks the mix to sound great during the tracking process
  • Further explains vocal compression and his perception of what role the lead vocal plays
  • Tunes the acoustic guitar to the part to be played in the song
  • Combines an AEA R88 and Neumann U47 and works on the phase relationship
  • Helps Bryce dial in her headphones to lock into a groove
  • Edits the acoustic guitar performance to create the perfect pocket for what comes next in the track
  • EQs and Compresses the acoustic guitar to sit in the track
  • Tunes the scratch vocal and gets the mix to an inspiring point before continuing the production
  • Re-records the piano track to fit around the new performance of the acoustic guitar and where he sees the rest of the track going
  • Edits the new piano track to sit in the pocket

Watch the rest of the series here

Equipment & Software


  • AEA R88
  • Neumann U47


  • Antares Auto-Tune
  • Avid EQ3
  • Fab Filter Pro-DS
  • Fab Filter Pro-Q2
  • Focusrite d3 Compressor
  • UAD 1176 AE
  • UAD Harrison 32G SE EQ
  • UAD Lexicon 224
  • UAD Neve 33609
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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

    What do you have to say?
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    2022 Jun 11
    I had a Larrivee. I still mourn it's loss. Was the best guitar I've ever played
    2021 Aug 13
    I believe that her should be ONLY sing in Studio. Clearly, isn't a good studio musician. You lost a lot of time trying to record. Live sound, Yeah! She can play, normally.
    2021 Mar 25
    Love this stuff ! Makes me smile .
    2020 Apr 30
    thank you very much for the subtitles Pure gold
    PP babalou
    2020 Jan 23
    Great tutorial!
    2020 Jan 02
    2019 Dec 30
    Thanks for this!
    2019 Dec 22
    Fab thank's for these video.. whaoo Greg is an incredible amazing producer his kindness is really touching.. i love this man his approche for mixing is unique..great great vidéo one more thank's for that D
    2019 Dec 21
    I like how you quick edit the audio time line! Btw some subs are welcome :)
    2019 Dec 21
    I like how you quick edit the audio time line!
    preston jackson
    2019 Dec 20
    Was at Humber College music program when Greg was there for a year.He was 18 they couldn’t show him much other than theory (monster chops)The profs said on top of being gifted, the kid works at it 16 hours a day.
    2019 Dec 19
    How about some NEW content!
    Sariel Montalván
    2019 Dec 19
    Please, spanish subtitules! Thanks.
    2019 Dec 18
    Great video
    2019 Dec 18
    Try normalizing your audio levels you are aurio engineers.
    2019 Dec 18
    Bryce is really really HOT!!!
    2019 Dec 18
    Great episode! So many good tips ... now that it streamed for me!
    2019 Dec 17
    I'm loving this series! I'm learning so much, and so impressed with Greg and Bryce.
    2019 Dec 17
    So many Jewels here. I noticed that Greg is aiming for the finished record from the get go. When editing, he listens for nice transients and feel. When adding in the guitar he high passes. He is not doing the endless tweaks with compression or EQ (like notching). He is quick for the big picture. He is thinking like a producer and not like a mixer... because he is not at the stage yet. PS When editing, Greg plays the track in context. He cuts and SLIDES the audio on the right towards the left using the trim tool then cross fades. Shortcut keys are your friend.
    2019 Dec 16
    Amazing philosophical comments around the song and the way you show the late or before starting of a phrase. Great
    2019 Dec 14
    Great video! Could you please explain how you did the time alignments so quickly? Thanks!
    2019 Dec 14
    When you were tightening the guitar how were you filling the gaps when you moved a region? It didn't look like you were using time compression like elastic audio in PT. I see now. Worked really well for you, I use to think it feels loopy and wavy that way. In the mix not at all. Sounds great. Really nice video.
    2019 Dec 14
    When you were tightening the guitar how were you filling the gaps when you moved a region? It didn't look like you were using time compression like elastic audio in PT.
    2019 Dec 14
    I'm new to puremix and so far it's great. I really enjoy seeing this all in real-time and almost all raw. Really feel as if I'm there and learning so much just from the vibe.
    2019 Dec 14
    subtitules Spain please
    2019 Dec 14
    we all edit, but it's great to see one of the greats editing in such a respectful way and always respecting the song. Thanks Greg&Puremix
    2019 Dec 13
    Again, so insightful. This is turning into the best series on here, in fact, anywhere. How do I get a job working with Greg? :-)
    2019 Dec 13
    just keep talking, greg. about monitors and churches and... love all these background stories. also thanks for keeping all the back and forth of mic placing and all the editing in. next time i am running over to the big room to change sth for the 10th time i will think of this video.