Start to Finish: Jacquire King - Episode 5 - Tweaking The Drums And Bass

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The sounds are dialed in, and the band is ready to get some takes recorded live off of the floor Watch as Rich, Bryan, Paul, and Chris head into the Dangerous Room at Flux Studios to cut the live tracks for "Keep The Light On."

See how Jacquire King:

  • Produces the tracks live off of the floor
  • Addresses his first reactions to the band playing together
  • Works out arrangement options for stops and fills to transition between sections
  • Has his assistant, Danny Pellegrini, help tune the snare drum to the key of the song using his perfect pitch skills
  • Adjusts the microphone position on the snare drum to get a brighter attack, as well as an adjustment for more body
  • Revisits the kick drum EQ choices and explains the effect of pushing more into the Neve module
  • Uses a Radial SGI to decrease noise on the bass amp
  • Adjusts the bass amplifier settings to compliment the kick drum

Watch Jacquire King produce "Keep The Light On" from Oak & Ash from Start To Finish only on

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Equipment & Software


  • 1974 Custom Neve Console
  • GML EQ
  • Distressor
  • Ampeg SVT-7PRO
  • Ibanex Tube Screamer
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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 Apr 24
they should let the second snare without muffle; but for me the biggest problem is the tune on Bass Drum: all the the kit is low end except the bass drum and the drummer is doubling some note (semiquaver, not wanted )......
2021 Jan 08
Jaquire's a legend, but i liked the body of the first snare better too. Truly an amazingly mediocre pop-rock 'hit'.
2021 Jan 02
I actually kinda like the old snare but horses for courses
2020 Dec 03
I really hope we can get Jacquire's pro tools session for this, not just the stem files!
2020 Nov 30
I love watching the process. The production of the video is very helpful with graphics and overlays. There are some quiet, non-helpful parts that could be edited down to make it more engaging. But this video was awesome!
2020 Nov 29
I can tell that apart of chasing the noise, they are chasing the tones. Get it right at the source -- cliche but true.