Over the past 25 years, Luca Pretolesi's incredible mixing skills have launched him into a trajectory with some of the world's most successful artists like Drake, Diplo, Skrillex, Major Lazer, David Guetta, and many more. His work has won multiple awards and Grammy Nominations while reaching platinum and diamond status on sales charts.
In this Puremix Exclusive, you'll join Luca Pretolesi in his incredible hybrid analog and digital room at the multiform studio he built from the ground up, Studio DMI in Las Vegas, to mix the hit song "Don't Forget My Love" by Diplo Ft. Miguel.
See how Luca Pretolesi:
Breaks down every piece of the carefully curated outboard gear on his desk
Explains how he created a flexible signal chain for his outboard gear using routing devices like the Dangerous Music Liaison and the SPL Hermes Mastering Router
Dissects the purpose of using multiple summing mixers in his setup
Discusses his team's workflow for preparing the sessions
Breaks down his gain staging for hitting the analog desk and the level for returning to the DAW
Dials in his outboard hardware across the stereo and drum busses at the beginning of the mix to set the tone of the mix
Compresses the midrange of the mix using his Rockruepal Sidechain One hardware compressors
Adds an Aphex Compellor compressor across the mix in parallel
Explains when to use high-pass filters versus low-shelf curves
Uses side chain compression on elements of the mix to enhance the groove of the track
Breaks down his EQ and compression moves on the vocals
Explains the unique reverb and delay effects he crafted for the song
Shows how he provides a final loud mix version to be used as a guide during mastering
This is your chance to sit alongside one of Pop and EDM's most prolific mixing engineers, Luca Pretolesi, and see how the smash hit "Don't Forget My Love" by Diplo Ft. Miguel was mixed. Only on Puremix.
AlexVirr •Thursday, December 7, 2023
Thank you for this Luca! I found this really insightful and a very interesting explanation of your process. Its going to help me loads!
Benn •Saturday, September 2, 2023
Great information and insight Luca. Love your approach. My DAW is also Studio One Pro, so it was great watching you control the environment. Thanks so much for sharing your experience and thoughts. Benn
Visor •Friday, August 18, 2023
Hi.. Guys... For when subtitles to Spanish? All the tutorials with Spanish translation are old... Thanks you.
mike stoke •Friday, August 4, 2023
Nice video Luca! You said a lot in a relatively short time, but in a really concise and clear way. Thanks and look forward to the next one.
nitrane •Friday, July 28, 2023
This was such a pleasure to listen too and watch as well. Details and ideas are clear and concise. More Luca content please. Great job Puremix team on the series production. Inspired to go and finish and mix my production now. Must watch series.
LoZio •Thursday, July 27, 2023
Please add italian subtitles!
jaerdoc •Wednesday, July 26, 2023
Well done! This is what a mix dive should be as a teaching tool, showing a quick and to the point mix session with quick, clear descriptions of why something is done. This is one of the few videos on Puremix that I watched entirely in one sitting. Please more of Luca!!!
TonySollazzo •Sunday, July 23, 2023
Hey, Luca, I don't know if you read these reviews, but I really enjoyed watching this partially because I use studio one with a fairly similar template and with some of the same in-box plugins and it was interesting to see how you used them. But there were some things I'd not thought of before like: the phase on layered kick (I had thought that phase issues were only for acoustic mic'd drums), compressing the mid only (to start with), printing at -12db peak (not lufs), grouping high transient instruments (i.e. other than perc) in a bus, using transient shaper to reduce reverb (and instead of eq), using the prefader control to gain stage (instead of the gain on each clip/file), and probably more tid-bits that I'm forgetting to list here. I also really liked your final mix much better than the released version, which is something I find amusing as it happens to me that no matter how much I like a mix, I can find things to improve it (but always too late, i.e. after it is done). So, Luca, in case you read this.... thanks!