Joe Chiccarelli is a first call producer, engineer, and mixer for some of the world's finest artists, such as Elton John, The Killers, Jack White, Frank Zappa, Alanis Morissette, The Strokes, and so many more.
In this puremix.net exclusive, Joe opens up the multitrack from "Istanbul" and breaks down the mix while explaining the tracking of the song, the thought process behind his mic placement, and every mix decision. Including a multitude of parallel processing and how he finds the sweet spot on a console for the right amount of saturation and glue.
Watch as Joe:
Explains the origins of the song and their intention as they crafted it from the ground up during tracking
Breaks down his parallel processing on drums, including distressors, a Chandler TG1 limiter, and a UA 176, while explaining which tracks are sent to the parallels
Busses the vocal through two parallels, including a vocal stressor, and an 1176
Explains each piece of outboard gear in the stereo mix bus chain
Explains how he and drummer Matt crafted the drum sounds to fit the intention of the song
Breaks down his thought process behind every microphone used on the drums during tracking
Shows his electric guitar parallel compressor and explains how he uses it to add sustain and weight to the guitars
Adds in two parallel vocal compression chains that serve separate roles in highlighting Morrissey's powerful performance
Unpacks his tips for EQing the parallel return of a vocal
Solos each of the many time-based effects running on the lead vocal
Explains the history of the custom console in Sunset Sound Studio A, and discusses the custom API 550 EQs on each channel
Demonstrates how he finds the sweet spot of the console by driving it for the right amount of glue and character
This is your chance to sit next to Joe Chiccarelli and learn his approach from tracking to mixing on the hit song "Istanbul" by Morrisey.
Benfreuben •Thursday, November 9, 2023
5 stars for Joe. What a great pair of videos. Really insightful technically and philosophically.
ps please spell Morrissey’s name correctly!
Dacid •Friday, October 21, 2022
My whole life I’ve dreamed of being a fly on the wall at a Moz session and get the full tech details. I can’t thank you enough .
jbev •Wednesday, June 1, 2022
Thanks so much, Joe. Love your approach and generosity in sharing. All the Best, Bev.
Adrianj •Wednesday, June 1, 2022
This is heaven, loving this. So good. Thanks Joe (and Puremix)
Alexandre •Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Joe you're amazing !
jessrho •Friday, May 13, 2022
brilliant! thanks Joe, really clear and insightful sharing..
doug.b •Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Really great! Thank you, Joe and PureMix.
billabong859 •Sunday, May 8, 2022
Awesome. Thanks for such clear and detailed explanation. This stands out above other “watch mentors mix” videos where you don’t understand how their philosophy translates into actual mix decisions.
The A/B comparisons are fantastic.
Highlands Recording Arts •Saturday, May 7, 2022
Thanks so very much Joe! You are a great mentor (And you rock) - so does Alanis! Peace and Love!