Darrell Thorp's relationship with one of rock's prized producers, Justin Meldal-Johnsen, began in 2000 when he and Justin, a part of Beck's band, were recording the record "Sea Change." Since then, the two have been involved in numerous successful records. When Justin finished producing Poppy's record, "Flux," he reached out to Darrell to take it across the finish line.
In this Puremix exclusive, Darrell reveals more of the techniques he has used to mix and engineer records for some of rock's most prominent artists, gaining him ten Grammy awards and over three Billion streams.
See how Darrell Thorp:
Explains how he starts from where the artist left off with the rough mix instead of from scratch
Goes through each of the drum mics to add excitement and dimension to the kit
Explains his approach to placing drum room mics
Adds his Distressor and Vulfcomp parallel chains and explains alternative options for each
Goes through each of the bass guitar tracks to add size and attitude to the bass
Explains what he is looking for with eq and volume balance of the guitars in the stereo image
Discusses his approach to de-essing vocals
Adds his parallel compression bus chain for vocals
Adds Andrew Scheps spread processing to the lead vocals in place of the distortion plugin used in the rough mix
Adds his stereo bus compressor to the mix and explains how he sets his attack and release settings by genre
Shares the delay throw reverb chain he used on Beck’s Morning Phase
Uses clip effects to automate EQ onto specific lines of the vocal to remove mud
Explains how he delivers a loud version of the mix to his clients, using PSP Audio’s Vintage Warmer 2
Watch Darrell Thorp, mix “Her” from Poppy. Only on Puremix
stingerrecords •Saturday, December 9, 2023
VERY EDUCATIONAL, thank you so much Darrell, your approach to this mix was very informative and coincidetally, very similar to my phylosophy. The only thing that I consider could have been better are the screams near the end, they were left a little harsh to my taste, a little too loud and maybe too dry for the atmosphere.
sonicdiscovery •Wednesday, November 29, 2023
DT is the best and always provides the most consistent mixing advice.
Peteski •Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Very clear, detailed walkthrough of components from this mix process.. really great tricks and go-to plugins mentioned as well.
marco bailo •Monday, November 6, 2023
subtitulos por favor !
RobertFitz71 •Saturday, October 14, 2023
Bugroom •Wednesday, October 11, 2023
That melody is so Elliott Smith. Great tutorial!! So interesting to see different mixer's approaches to different things. I personally would have gone a lot more aggressive in general from the instrumental out, but I'm still learning how exactly I would do that, and this tutorial helped! Maybe I should download the stems and put my money where my mouth is, haha. But seriously, utmost respect to Darrell, and thank you so much.
Lholloway1171 •Thursday, September 28, 2023
Love this tutorial. Super informative.
Question, do the provided practice stems have all the producer's processing on them that we're seeing in the video? Or rather, in what ways do the stems vary from what Darrell is working on? Thanks
Nookie •Saturday, September 23, 2023
Thank you Darrel!
Pearlpassionstudio •Friday, September 15, 2023
Very good explanation series and approach to this great song. Thanks for doing this. Ps. The 1:30 minute files seem not worth the time to work with. Thanks
wfrank •Monday, September 11, 2023
Once again Darrell provides great advice and inspiration with this Inside the Mix. Thanks!
Mhecker •Saturday, September 9, 2023
Thank you very much. A big fan. I have learnt a lot by all of your tutorials. Was looking forward to a new one. Every time I learn something new. M