In late 2020, the Foo Fighters were in the middle of creating promotional content for their hit record "Medicine At Midnight" when on a day off, Dave Grohl watched a just-released documentary of The Bee Gees, "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart." The following day, Dave burst into the Foo Fighters "Studio 606" and had the band stop everything to record a batch of Bee Gees covers for the next week. Thrilled with the sound, the band released the record "Hail Satin" under the alias "The Dee Gees."
In this Puremix exclusive video, the Foo Fighters veteran engineer, Darrell Thorp, breaks down the recording and mix of "Tragedy," his favorite from the record.
See how Darrell Thorp:
- Aligns the phase correlation of multiple microphones on a drum kit using Sound Radix Auto Align
- Dials in the sound of the individual drum microphones in the context of the mix
- Adds two drum parallel compression processes
- Adjusts the phase relationship of the Bass DI and Bass Amp
- Talks about the importance of guitars being clear while maintaining size and gives his go-to approach
- Adds the Cytomic Glue bus compressor across the mix and dials in his favorite settings
- Explains his workflow with fader depth and the trim plugin in Pro Tools
- Tells the story of tracking the lead and background vocals
- Explains Dave Grohl's standard approach to stacking vocals
- Dials in the sound of the vocals with EQ, compression, and effects
- Sets up his stereo bus processing to add glue and overall size to the mix
- Adds an Eventide Instant Flanger to the verse vocals to emulate the Bee Gees original vocal sound
- Discusses when he uses compression versus automation on vocals
- Explains how he uses headphones to feel comfortable when he is in unfamiliar environments and check the final details of the mix
Watch Darrell Thorp, mix “Tragedy” from The Dee Gees. Only on Puremix.
Macilias •Saturday, December 9, 2023
Something feels not right about the soundquality on this video.
After watching the documentary about Sound City von Dave and hearing this great round sound coming from the Neve console, which is now also part of the 606 studios I expected something sounding much less digital.
In fact what we are hearing is not he hears obviously, I just put on the same brainworks bm_masterdesk plug on without any effecting just for metering, and it showed different dynamic range as its showing in the last minutes of the last vid (part5).
karlkling •Thursday, August 31, 2023
As much as I want puremix to be a useful tool, I wish that this didn't sound so degraded over the internet. Every video seems to suffer from either algorithmic compression or poor quality upload and is very noticeable and distracting to the point that it is hard to listen to in a critical listening atmosphere.
wfrank •Friday, August 4, 2023
Really educating and interesting to watch Darrel do his thing. Some good tips. Thanks so much Darrel and Puremix for the chance to peek over the shoulder.
Bradheck •Wednesday, June 28, 2023
Really dig your style. Great tools and ears. I can see why you're in demand. Very easy to sit with all day.
KnuteSundell •Saturday, May 6, 2023
natekelmes •Monday, May 1, 2023
Great stuff Darrell! Thank you so much for sharing this!!
Nookie •Saturday, April 22, 2023
Congrats to Darrell! Amazing videos
Bjarte Jorgensen •Tuesday, April 11, 2023
macarrao •Monday, April 10, 2023
Very nice inside video and info. Please more CC legends video like this, it helps a lot.
Benoit@ •Friday, March 31, 2023
Very good video !
Bradford Hastings •Sunday, March 19, 2023
SOOOOO MUCH GREAT INFO!! I bought Auto-align because of this video and it has made my life soooooo much easier! Thank you PureMix and Thank you Darrell!
Adrianj •Thursday, March 16, 2023
There is just so much info packed into these videos. I've learned a bunch of things, as always from watching these tutorials, and if just a few of them sink in it will pay dividends. Track organization, tips and tricks like the clip gain thing, I liked that idea, but also some of it validates my own thought processes as well which leads to more confidence in my own decision-making.. which becomes increasingly difficult the older I get. All in all just a great brain exercise as well as learning experience. Very much enjoyed the class. Thanks!