Jesse Ray followed in his parent’s footsteps by pursuing a life of music. In 2017, he moved to California and began his Los Angeles journey by delivering obnoxiously colored resumes attached to donut boxes to every studio in the San Fernando Valley. This hustle continued as Jesse built a reputation around town as a hungry engineer. In 2018, he became Kanye West’s engineer on the “Yandhi” and “Jesus is King” albums. Jesse worked creatively alongside Diddy and Timbaland while mixing Burna Boy’s Grammy Award-Winning 2020 LP, “Twice as Tall.”
Following the success of Burna Boy’s - African Giant album, producer Yeti Beats reached out to Jesse to do a spec mix on an Afrobeat track by Doja Cat, which ultimately led to a Grammy Nomination for Record Of The Year in 2023.
In this Puremix exclusive video, follow Jesse as he:
Explains the background of the project and sets up the session to feel familiar to him with his routing and effects template
Explains the importance of the rough mix and starting from where the session was left off
Adds samples to the kick
Moves quickly while balancing the tracks, lowering the faders, and adding them back in by feel
Balances the tone of the bass to live well with the kick drum
Dials in the mix bus processing early in the mix
Sculpts the low mids of the vocals to keep the warmth from the tracking session while bringing them into pop territory
Adds a sheen to the top of the vocal using the Tilt EQ from his plugin company, MIXLAND
Solves resonances in the vocals with dynamic EQ
Discusses when to mix with your eyes and when to block the meters cleverly using the Force Quit window in macOS
Manually edits breaths in the lead vocal track, discussing when to tame the breaths and when to keep them intact.
Reviews the client effects from the session and supplements by quickly auditioning effects chains pre-routed in his template.
Explains the order of introducing elements to the mix
Adds saturation and EQ to the Wurlitzer to make it speak in the track
Compares the mix of the day to the rough mix and released version and discusses what he finds
Revisits the balance of the mix to look for moments to accentuate with automation
Adds samples to the downbeat of the chorus
Uses Metic A|B to analyze different frequency areas of the mix
Checks the mix on his phone speaker and AirPods using Audiomovers Listento
Pato93m •Saturday, December 9, 2023
Interesting, helpful, and fun to watch. Thanks Jesse!
YahirSantiago12 •Thursday, December 7, 2023
donde estan los SUBTITULOS EN ESPAÑOL???????
lluscente •Thursday, December 7, 2023
LANDO •Wednesday, December 6, 2023
danielstrat •Sunday, November 26, 2023
wtf with the "Fx run" ajajjaja how is he doing that!!
Visor •Thursday, November 23, 2023
Subtitulos en Español, por favor.. Gracias...!!
viktorlofgren •Friday, November 17, 2023
stanley •Friday, November 3, 2023
I like your approach very much. I was able to learn a lot! (by the way: cool monitors made in switzerland ;-)
marco bailo •Thursday, November 2, 2023
hola, por favor subtitulos , gracias.
vlakanas •Wednesday, October 25, 2023
Very interesting attitude towards a mix. Just found some parts, way to fast, to actually follow. But keep them coming. Great insight. Thanks
gerard.u •Wednesday, October 25, 2023
amazing simple and easy
I'm surprised to see how this guy takes it to the limit of mixing with your ears and not with your eyes.
The end result is one of the best mixes I've ever heard.
jesperzacarias •Monday, October 23, 2023
That moment when you're expecting loads and loads of parallel processing and obscur magic tricks... nope! As clean and simple as can be. Comes to show, it's all about the ear and knowing what is needed, not what "should" be done.
Thank you for this refreshing treat. Hope to see more JRE around here!!
luchiga •Sunday, October 22, 2023
Very clean and inspiring! Cool! Thank you!
Murmillo •Sunday, October 22, 2023
andré.gil •Saturday, October 21, 2023
Really enjoyed seeing Jesse's thoughtful and minimalistic approach, very inspiring! He is a great speaker who seems to be really passionate about what he does, hope we can see more series from him in the future :D Cheers!