Learn how Grammy-winning mix engineer Adam Hawkins mixed the twenty one pilots single "Chlorine".
In this exclusive mixing tutorial, Adam opens up his final session and shows you how he mixed this incredible production from twenty one pilots.
This is an in-depth look at what it's like to mix a song from one of the world's largest bands, while dealing with tight deadlines and a distinct sonic signature, where the goal is to enhance and maintain the artist's vision.
In this 3 hour tutorial, Adam explains:
His workflow in detail, including session setup, gear, routing, revisions and delivering mixes to clients.
The story of the song's collaborative process between Tyler Joseph and producer Paul Meany.
How he received the files in Logic Pro X from the band and mixed them in Pro Tools.
His use of three different flavors of parallel compression on drums and how he automates them to change the tone throughout the track.
His treatment of 808s, that made them sit in the track without taking too much space.
How he enhanced the stereo bass tones on the record.
His technique for sculpting multiple layers of synthesizers to help showcase the band's unique soundscapes.
The use of Microshift and Little Alterboy on vocals and effects returns to add texture.
How he uses multiple stages of compression on lead vocals and uses different preamp and tape saturation processes to add tone and slap delay.
His use of dynamic EQ on the lead vocal to fight proximity effect.
How to use delays to fill gaps between musical phrases and enhance the energy of the track.
This is an exclusive chance to learn Adam's personal mixing techniques,methods and all of the tricks he used to mix a hit song from one of the world's largest bands, and then apply them to your own mixes!
This song is dope! I really enjoyed watching this and learning some tips and tricks here from Adam. I'm surprised I hadn't heard this record before, but am grateful to have now added it to my playlist and have a little bit of the cool background story on the mixing aspect of the song. Thanks for sharing a lot of your thoughts on mixing Adam!
WLP10 •Wednesday, April 8, 2020
A ton of gems in this one!! Just like a ton of TGI12345's!!
FairAirMusic •Monday, February 17, 2020
Interesting to see inserts on a master fader. And then bounce directly from that. Offline. Madness.
Gerrygrimaud •Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Hoped he would breakdown “Protools Heat” settings, iv learned to love Dave Hills algorithms on that add on!! great video tho, im sure the 1176 attack & release knobs are read backwards tho then what you were breaking down.. faster settings are always clockwise.. Overall amazing tips!!
juandavid.z •Sunday, October 13, 2019
This is kind of like walking into a classroom and seeing the board already full while the teacher attempts to explain. I like it better when the mixer starts from scratch.
MixedByBenyo •Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Great video so far! Re: MicroShift sounding different in Logic, I've found that a lot of plug ins, especially time-based effects, sound a bit different in each DAW. I started on Logic 15 years ago, moved to Pro Tools for about 10 years and have recently started using Cubase the past few years (along side PT of course) and have noticed a huge difference in summing, plugin sound, audio engine quality and imaging between them--even amongst the latest versions. Not always a better or worse thing, just different. DAWS themselves totally have a sound. - Ryan
surfz247 •Sunday, August 18, 2019
Good video. I like this gentlemen and think he means well. It's a lot of cutting corners and let's face it, this mix isn't breaking new ground. These days, the artist/band does most of the work. Whether it's in your bedroom or studio, it isn't like it use to be. Meaning we don't need a massive studio to make an epic record. I think Neal Aaron did a better job on their early stuff. BUT at the end of the day... I'm grateful that we to make records like this anywhere-anytime-anyplace with the same tools. Tools we never had at our fingertips until now. I learned something, important.
shaman •Thursday, August 15, 2019
Interesting to watch a modern engineer mixing a completely overproduced song.
Like killing low end and highend allmost on every track, smashing the vocals with several instances of compression and using saturation.
Dealing with 20 year olds producing themselves in 2019 is audio martial arts.
So glad I‘m doing mixing just for a hobby anymore
rjferretti •Thursday, July 18, 2019
Good video but I feel like he skip over all a lot of the bass processing.
gabrielcasarotto •Thursday, July 4, 2019
Ow god :( legend Português(Brasil), please.
Window •Wednesday, June 19, 2019
I love this guy... I mean even if he wasn't as great of a mixer as he is. He's just easy to listen to. One of my favorites so far!!
tovarn57 •Monday, June 17, 2019
Not really a big fan of the band, but this was really enlightening for me. Also, it's really cool to see big engineers using a great, free plugin like TAL's Chorus. I use it all the time.
tonybrant •Friday, June 14, 2019
I was always under the impression that master fader inserts were pre fader, so if you did a fade it wouldn't affect your inserts. How does the master fader volume control the volume of the tracks going IN to the 2buss plugins if that's the case?? EDIT: I had that backwards. Never mind. HA!
leesparey •Thursday, June 13, 2019
Fantastic video, seems like a really top bloke with great skills
paul.q •Wednesday, June 12, 2019
I wonder if Trenches color scheme was inspired by Adam Hawkin's studio..