Mark Needham is a Grammy nominated and multi-platinum mix engineer who has a track record for not only mixing hit records but also working early in the careers of artists such as Fleetwood Mac, The Killers, and Imagine Dragons. See how he uses his custom presets and a creative workflow to quickly set up an effortless mix of a massive session with layer upon layer of production.
Absorb how Mark works on each element of the mix with full transparency. Like a game of chess, every move he makes has a purpose and sets him up for success later in the mixing process. Learn from Mark's intuition that comes from over 35 years of experience working with superstar artists such as Chris Isaak, Shakira, Moby, Pink, and more.
"It's Time" by Imagine Dragons is certified 3x RIAA platinum and was the band's first Billboard Top 40 single. The song blurs the lines between genres and epitomizes the band's mix of alternative rock and pop that focuses on deep bass, strong drums, and powerful vocals.
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to create epic sounding mixes that:
Identify and maximize the emotional impact and "hook" of a well written, recorded and produced song
Take an already powerful vocal performance to the next level with lead vocals that jump out of the speakers
Make a mix that's not just loud, but also punchy, clear and HUGE sounding
Use a blend of recorded and emulated ambiences to define the space for the entire mix
Quickly blend multiple kick drums and snare drums, combining several microphones and samples
Handle dozens of drum layers with clever parallel processing and channel strip plugins
Manage the low end information on not just bass drums and bass guitar tracks but also stomps, synths and room tracks
Combine keyboards, synths, electric and acoustic guitars that interweave and fit together like a sonic glove
Add the finishing touches to a mix with master bus automation and mix bus processing using multi-band compression and more
This is a unique chance to absorb Mark's unique mixing techniques and methods. Learn all the tricks he used to mix a hit song and then apply them to your own mixes!
PLUS you get access to the raw stems from the original sessionto practice and perfect all of the tips and techniques you'll pick up from Mark Needham and Imagine Dragons. Explore the tracks on your own! Please note: stem files are truncated and contain the un-mixed and consolidated wav files for every track in the original session from the intro to the 2nd verse.
Imagine Dragons are a Grammy Award-winning alt-rock outfit with a knack for crafting stylish, stadium-ready anthems as emotionally charged as they are radio-friendly.
stanley •Saturday, August 5, 2023
Amazing how fast Mark Needham works! It's really worth watching a few times.
lematrix •Thursday, September 2, 2021
A really „real world“ Video. Thank you
sirthought •Monday, April 6, 2020
Not liking this one. Lesson should start with aux routing to see the direction things are headed in. Instead we're needing to pause, rewind and study the channel strips repeatedly to figure out what's happened. You don't have to start with a specific template for every song, but he obviously has ideas about how he's building up the sound. Let's hear about that! Also—this goes for all Puremix—how they are approaching gain staging would be helpful. Lots of times I was setting the fader where he did, same plugs, but the sound wasn't the same. Not equal start levels or mix bus was.
MarcoPolo •Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Really like Mark's style, workflow, and results. Great lesson, thanks!
beau.s •Wednesday, October 31, 2018
I think if you watch this and you’re not at an advanced level in your skills, it’s going to give you whiplash. Mark is fast. I’ve watched this 3 times and have absorbed so much great information. The complainers need to spend more time really watching with intent and stop complaining that it’s boring. I really love this course and will continue to reference it, especially since this music genre is exactly where I’m working right now. Thanks Mark! You’re amazing.
monoescape •Friday, August 10, 2018
Well, I don't know why, but I expected more than a guy reading me the values of his plugin chain.
In my opinion, there are too few explanations of why he does what he does and how the routing in his session is really setup.
So, Mark is definitel a very experienced mixer, but unfortunately this video just didn't teach me anything - at all... and let's be honest: the static mix he started with already sounded pretty finished to me!
prula •Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Ben I have a question.. after Mark is done, does he send it over to a mastering studio? And if yes, how is the procedure for the Mastering? Any Videos you can recommend on that? Love it! I would never have mixed that way! Learned so much!
Elton Collins •Friday, January 26, 2018
Had my OCD all over the place for a minute, and I was wonderfully surprised how the mix turned out. What do I take away from this? ... There are many ways to skin a cat.
caesarjamesaugustus •Sunday, September 17, 2017
I've seen many courses, seminars, including all the Mix With The Masters videos & this course by far ranks among the best 2 or 3 ever. Mark has phenomenal taste & effortless logic in his decision making throughout a mix. The plugins he used were top notch choices & when he pulled out the Precision K on the Mix Bus I knew he had serious game & knowledge about this sport. His levels were especially well done & loved the space he had left by the end of the mix. This was just very well done, guided by superior logic, knowledge of tools, of superior tastes. I Salute You.
demixstudio •Saturday, July 15, 2017
A couple of things I learned from this video:
- Listen to rough for a bit, then EQ every channel in solo using presets
- Boost, don't cut, at least three bands per track
- Keep your faders low, where there is no resolution
- Use compression on everything
- Put reverb on the 2 bus
Haha. Guess I also learned that vision and talent go a long way ;-)
This video is not really a lesson like the rest (very little is explained), more a chance to look at someone working. Pretty valuable nonetheless. Thanks!
johndcx •Thursday, July 6, 2017
So the idea is just get a 57 and an Mbox and record as many Tracks as you can, who cares what it sounds like?
Heard this song too many times never heard most of those tracks,female vox?
Whats the point?
You get what you pay for?
tyrobins •Friday, February 24, 2017
@benlindell Any idea what those Neve 88RS plugins are doing on his +6 and +0 master faders (before the P Maximizers)?
Looks like the +0 print track picks up some gain when comparing to the aux track master bus with all his processing. I'm wondering if that is coming from EQ boost in the Neve 88RS, or the P Maximizer, or both.
Also, is the send output "1-2" on the master bus aux for him to monitor the master bus, +6, and +0 separately, or is that where you grabbed the audio for the tutorial? Wondering what we're hearing during the video.
LenyM27 •Wednesday, January 18, 2017
What would he do without that SSL e channel ? Haha
shade2316 •Tuesday, December 20, 2016
vaya cuanto talento! gracias maestro
jackducker •Tuesday, November 29, 2016
The video keeps pausing and I keep getting Network Error: http status 404. Any ideas? I can run other tutorials fine and its definitely not my internet.