This is your chance to see how Grammy-winning engineer/producer Andrew Scheps mixed the legendary rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers' song Pink as Floyd.
Learn how a multi-platinum mix engineer collaborated with the band and producer Rick Rubin to record and mix the group in both large-format studios and home studios.
Hear how he captured the band’s characteristically funky and energetic vibe then translated that into a punchy and finished mix. Andrew teaches you how he applies and adapts his mix template to craft the mix quickly with dynamics and vibe.
Andrew dissects his final mixing session and shows you how to:
Combine close mics, overheads, and room mics to create a cohesive sound to the drums as one instrument
Use shared compression for a night and day difference on the drum tone and add dynamics to the entire arrangement
Take a mix from sounding "awesome" to sounding "finished"
Setup mix bus processing to do more with less in terms of processing
Get Flea's signature bass tone using a combination of mics and DI
Make acoustic and electric guitars sit perfectly in the mix
Use both subtractive and additive EQ to enhance the sound of individual tracks
Add creative special effects to spice up the bridge and take it into a new space
Keep the Anthony Kiedis’ lead vocals sounding present and powerful even when the mix is dense and layered
Judge and tweak the gain stage the entire mix based on the 2 bus compressor
Use stereo width manipulation with hard panning to make a great stereo image in headphones and speakers alike
Pick up dozens of tips and tricks from Andrew's decades of experience and learn the process and mixing system he uses on one of the most successful bands ever.
BONUS: Download the exercise files and practice mixing the song for yourself! The artist and their label were gracious enough to allow pureMixers the chance to try their hand at mixing a portion of the song using the same raw multitrack stems Andrew mixed. Put your skills to the test and apply some of your new found techniques.
MarkTheFrog •Monday, July 17, 2023
Awesome video! Super instructive. Thank you!
nikomelzer •Tuesday, June 27, 2023
amagras •Thursday, August 25, 2022
I don't know about Mac but in Window holding down the windows key and clicking on the first plugin in the chain bypasses all the plugs in the channel.
Byron’s Brigades •Monday, January 31, 2022
Another wonderful masterpiece of Andrew, well explained as always!
fallforward •Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Scheps with the Penderecki reference?! As if you weren't already hip enough Andrew! Thank you for this series. Amazing!
jens.s •Sunday, November 3, 2019
It would be interesting to know how much EQ and compression was added when the tracks were recorded. Non or some?
rhcpmisha •Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Oh boy, I have to ask a stupid question: Are the stems that are available for download really how you received them before you mixed them?
I ask because I've always thought that it was optimal to record in a manner to where a track might average around -8dB. But, all of these tracks are averaging -2dBs, sometimes getting into the positive dBs, with the master track hitting 14dBs! Did you really receive them that loud?
When my tracks get that loud, they sound weird after being bounced (using Logic X).
gaston.g •Tuesday, November 20, 2018
@AScheps Thanks Andrew! if you could tell me that buss you send everything to except the battery would be a parallel understanding of the same mix, right? Thank you for taking the time to indicate things in detail without so much mystery, without so much return, to see that you work similar to what we could work on. It is truly encouraging and inspiring, a big hug.
pablochadi •Sunday, April 22, 2018
The video loads very slowly.... I had to refresh the page many times to continue watching.
luke_martin •Friday, April 20, 2018
I' ve noticed the drums were recorded from the drummers perspective, but Andrew has the hi-hat on the left side in the mix. Weird...
bbilstrup •Saturday, April 7, 2018
Great non technical walkthrough. Really great approach to everything and for me it’s more insightful to hear the thought process as opposed to, decrease 2db here etc etc.
I highly recommend watching his template video first as this will make much more sense, plus the way Mr. Scheps routes has definitely making it easier for me to achieve a better mix and let’s my mind not over think things.
TC Hotrod •Friday, February 23, 2018
Digging deeper into a mix and Andrew's mind! Great lesson. Each new video let us get into tech detail and new tips but more than this, some kind of his mix philosophy.
It skilfully complements some other PM tutos which are more purely technical centered.
One or two monthly Scheps video and I guess you'll convice me at PM to get my annual ticket plan. :)
faderworX •Monday, February 19, 2018
Hello Andrew, thank you for this great tutorial!I would like to ask you a question about treating resonances: In this video there is a mmmmhh resonance within the BD and a chiiiiii within the cymbals. Obviously you don't care about it. Why do you not insert EQs and notch them out?
alexis2803 •Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Hey Andrew! Thanks a lot for this amazing tutorial, and for sharing with us this great song. I have a question about the rear bus, currently I'm having the same issue with uad plug ins not being able to be multi mono (I think it's because my pro tools isn't HD), so how do you send from the individual tracks that are panned center? Do you make two sends one to the rear bus L. and another to the rear bus R. ? Thank you so much...