Tony Maserati Mixing Lifeboats Episode 1

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In part 1 of this addition to the Lifeboats series, Award Winning Engineer, Tony Maserati, opens the multitrack for the Will Knox song, "Lifeboats", and takes us all the way from hearing the song for the first time, to a completed powerful and energetic mix with his signature sound imprinted upon it.

Watch as Tony:

  • Discusses his process starting with his vision of the song.
  • Sets up the session with his template and workflow
  • Listens to the song for the first time to gather ideas
  • Experiments with drum sounds
  • Discusses the importance of ear training
  • Mixes the song in sections to flush out his ideas
  • Dials in the lead vocal sound early in the process

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Equipment & Software


  • Altiverb 7
  • BF-76
  • EQ3 7-Band
  • FabFilter Pro-DS
  • FabFilter Pro L
  • FabFilter Pro MB
  • FabFilter Pro Q
  • GTR Stomp 2
  • H-Reverb
  • iZotope Ozone 7
  • Lo-Fi
  • McDSP ML4000
  • Mod Delay III
  • RVerb
  • Softube Saturation Knob
  • Sonnox Oxford Reverb
  • SoundToys Decapitator
  • SoundToys Devil-Loc
  • UAD Ampex ATR-102
  • UAD Chandler Curve Bender
  • UAD Fairchild 670 Legacy
  • UAD Massenburg Design Works EQ 5-5B
  • UAD Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor
  • UAD Softube Vintage Amp Room
  • UAD Studer A800
  • UAD Teletronix LA-2A Legacy
  • Waves API 2500
  • Waves Doubler 2
  • Waves Kramer HLS
  • Waves Kramer PIE
  • Waves L1-Limiter
  • Waves REQ 6
  • Waves Scheps 73
  • Waves SSL Channel
  • Waves SSL Compressor
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Tony Maserati

Tony Maserati is an American record producer and audio engineer who has worked with many mainstream artists including Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Jason Mraz, James Brown, Mariah Carey, Notorious BIG, Black Eyed Peas, Destiny's Child and more. His work encompasses worldwide sales in excess of 100 million units. He won an Award for his work on Beyoncé Knowles' No. 1 single, "Crazy In Love", a Latin Award for Sérgio Mendes's Timeless (2006)

Maserati attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts for production and engineering. He relocated to New York City during the early days of the record-making business in New York City and was trained by the technical and engineering staff of legendary Sigma Sound Studios as well as the steady stream of R&B, Dance and Rock luminaries who booked the rooms there.



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Highlands Recording Arts
2022 Apr 10
If I may be so impertinent, I keep hearing brushes in my head for the drums.... Brushes would add to the "wistfullness"? I know we have to work with the tracks and the takes we get. The snare keeps sort of "popping me out of the .... mood of the song. Just a thought.
2021 Dec 29
Muito bom, sempre na ideia de "fazer o melhor para a musica".
2021 Apr 19
Spanish subtitles please!!! :)
2021 Mar 29
Podéis subtitular en Español por favor!?
2021 Mar 16
Hello, it's possible to have the subtitles in French. Thank you. Merci.
2021 Mar 05
On the note about ear training and familiarizing yourself with different gear, are there any online resources anyone knows about to help with this? Maybe even records of what gear was used on which recordings? There are plenty of emulations to get to know the general sound of a lot of outboard gear, but I know plenty of us don't have access to a wide range of microphones to learn and familiarize ourselves with.
2021 Feb 25
spanish please
2021 Feb 20
That is genius! Probably it would be a bit advanced for me starting lots of years ago, but those guys are really creative and this is the thing, it should be mentioned more in tutorials. It is about the feeling and emotions and Tony is trying really hard to express that and teach us how to get in that zone! Great tutorial, thanks guys!
2021 Feb 20
Fantastic explanation that makes you understand and re think your approach. Can listen to you all day. Great job.
2021 Feb 19
Very cool that he’s explaining his thought process in such great detail. Interesting how he „massages“ the rough into a mix. It’s starting to take shape already. But please, don’t do EVERYTHING in episodes now.
2021 Feb 19
Wow.. he used very old Pro Tools, there is no search for bus when Tony bus audio tracks to his template...
2021 Feb 19
Great series, but has no one mentioned how out of tune the synths are? Maybe it's an effect the artist was going for but it makes me seasick...I would have brought this up to the artist/producer since it detracts from the track in a huge way.
2021 Feb 18
Wonderful! Really appreciate this. Love to see the whole process, especially importing session templates, etc. You may want to spend a moment in "tedium", as his description has an error- "He won an Award or...," should read, "He won an award for..." Looking forward to Tony's next episode!
2021 Feb 18
I've only just started watching this but already want to say thank you for leaving in the process Mr. Maserati goes through in setting up his mix. "The tedium and the creativity." I love it. Super valuable - these videos are just gold.