In Episode 5 of our Lifeboats Series, Grammy Award Winning Engineer, John Paterno, 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.
In this 3 hour tutorial, learn how John:
Uses Analog EQs to commit sounds and add extra tone early in the process
Uses Mono delay on the drums to enhance the shuffle groove of the track
Cleans up clicks and pops that can be distracting and pull the listener out of the track
Reamps the guitars using a Little Labs PCP box, an Otis amplifier, a Universal Audio OX and a Chandler LTD-1
Controls the balance of the drums in the overhead mics
Deals with the phase relationship between a Bass DI and Amp
Monitors in Mono to fine tune balance relationships
Watch John Paterno's episode of our exclusive Lifeboats series, only on puremix.net
I love the fact, that he just gets rid of the Elements he doesn't like or that don't support the track in a meaningful way in his opinion! Very brave and I have to say, I agree! I wonder what the artists/musicians will think, since they might have worked on the sounds for hours. But sometimes the musician gets in the way of the music and the song. It's a bold move and I think he is 100% correct! I have learned a lot in terms of philosophy here, which is worth a lot and more than I pay for this subscription! (please don't raise the price anyways!! :D) Thank You!
Daokid •Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Man, he really pulled out some great gear & plug ins for this series. I know it isn't emphasized for mixers still trying to get better but it's cool to see what the Pros do when they have little restriction on their mixes lol
sirthought •Saturday, May 23, 2020
I enjoyed seeing his choices. Some of them were pretty bold, since they altered what the client sent, but the result certainly was a worthy mix.
bobgt2002 •Saturday, October 12, 2019
Not sure if he's done a good mix...
JRoyall •Tuesday, October 8, 2019
The AN2 Stereo Simulator he is talking about sound just like the MStereoSpread from MeldaProductions. It is a bad ass plugin that you can spread audio out and it doesn't collapse in mono.
shuchoco •Saturday, July 27, 2019
Love this series and love John's approach. I'd be thrilled to see another series with a different song from a different genre. Thanks!
Electric_Company •Friday, July 26, 2019
Methodical dynamite, thanks.
jessrho •Friday, July 26, 2019
I Love this guy. Thank you John, really informative.
wadecottingham •Sunday, July 14, 2019
John Paterno sure gets a good sounding mix. I love it.
Scottglawson@comcast.net •Thursday, July 11, 2019
This entire series is phenomenally helpful, and I think this is the best edition yet. The concept of using a single song and having different mixers tackle it is a perfect way to learn. Paterno is a great teacher. It's a gift.
musicman510 •Wednesday, July 10, 2019
How does he control delay compensation??
demixstudio •Monday, July 8, 2019
That was really great, once again. I do think John muted some of the good stuff, stripping it a bit too far. Perhaps if he'd listened to the rough first (there is a rough, right?), he'd decided differently. But who knows! It's really nice to hear all these different outcomes. It displays the importance of the role you play as a mixer. But of course we already knew how special and important we were ;-)
mataran •Friday, July 5, 2019
Absolutely AMAZING! I like the approach, I like the way John is going through the mix, his choices and his creativity. What a lesson! One of the best videos I've ever seen about mixing. Thank you John for sharing your talent!
MarcoPolo •Friday, July 5, 2019
Love the "taking me out of the record" phrase, too!