Start to Finish: Jacquire King - Episode 24 - Automation Part 1

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With the individual tracks of the mix dialed in, Jacquire turns his focus to automation.

See how Jacquire King:

  • Explains how he sets up the Pro Tools and the mix for automation
  • Dials in automation preferences for how the DAW will behave to his fader moves on the artist mix
  • Sets a nudge offset to shift automation to compensate for delay compensation
  • Moves section by section to enhance the track as he goes
  • Explains when he pushes individual tracks into their own compression instead of pushing up their volume fader alone, I.E., bass tracks into the bass compression
  • Uses subtle moves to add energy and excitement to the track
  • Rides the chorus guitars

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Jacquire King

Award-winning Producer, Engineer, and Mixer, Jacquire King, has worked with some of the world’s most influential artists in every role you can imagine in a recording studio. From being an acclaimed recordist to mixing and producing multi-platinum records (9X in the case of Kings Of Leon) by superstars like Kaleo, Modest Mouse, Kings of Leon, Tom Waits, Norah Jones, Buddy Guy, Cold War Kids, MuteMath, Melissa Etheridge, and James Bay.

To date, Jacquire has received several awards for his meticulous attention to detail and unique approach to creating records that withstand the test of time.

His discography is well-known for the variety of music encompassed from the past 20 years. When you see Jacquire’s tutorials on pureMix, you will have the chance to sit next to a true master at work, who strives to enhance the artist's vision and serve the songs he helps deliver to the masses.


Kings of Leon

Tom Waits

James Bay

Modest Mouse

Buddy Guy

Norah Jones

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2021 Jul 18
Would the issue of Nudging be fixed by using DSP in the channel when automating?
Some Guy
2021 Apr 23
Yeah but @kevin.e doesn't that mean that you are making an assumption that the moment the snare visually appears on the timeline is an accurate representation of the moment when you hear it? I don't understand how Jacquire/you are jumping to the conclusion that this is a valid assumption. IMO the snare audio will go through latency-inducing processing such as inserts AFTER it has been read off of the timeline. So the visual representation on the timeline will be EARLY compared to the actual sound coming out that that automation needs to be aligned to. Idk?
White Cat Studio
2021 Apr 22
Here we can see the details that make the difference.... Never thought about nudging the automation but it make sens now.. Thanks a lot for this serie!!!!!!
2021 Apr 21
Love it!! Is there a specific type of wine thats better for mixing? ;-)
2021 Apr 18
@Some Guy, the delay in what he is hearing is represented by the delayed plot of the automation. By visually scooting the automation to visually align with the snare hit they will be in sync and hit his ears at the same time.
2021 Apr 18
Excellent tutorial, had no idea with the approach of nudging an entire mix. Sure make a lot of sense to me. Thanks for taking the time doing these series. Very many details you did on these series and really shows greatness. Ps. I kept on staring at that wine and wanted one too. :)
Some Guy
2021 Apr 17
Makes sense that the automation should be nudged to align with what you were hearing when writing it. But I don't understand how you came to the conclusion that the visual snare waveform on the timeline is an accurate reference point for "when" you were hearing. If the snare audio goes through any latency-inducing processing after being playback'd from the timeline, then isn't the visual waveform on the timeline NOT a good reference point? And further, doesn't this mean the nudge amount should be different for every track?
2021 Apr 17
I hope this is French wine! :-) Another great video with Jacquire. Automation is an underestimated part of a mixing although this is so important.
2021 Apr 16
Man, Jacquire is really nursing that glass of wine! Gotta be 10 videos by now! :) Another great one!