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ANDY WALLACE

  • 4h23

Avenged Sevenfold
"Natural Born Killer"

Deconstructing a Mix #3

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Trailer

Deconstructing a Mix #3

Part 1
00:11:08

Monitoring, console, track layout, snare splits, effects sends, VCAs, mix compression

Part 2
00:18:07

Basic balance, shelf EQ, phase checking, kick sample, gate parameters & approach

Part 3
00:27:24

Sub kick, snare blend, notch EQ, phase, side-chain gating with a sample, reverbs

Part 4
00:26:24

Ambient kick sample, bass & electric guitar blending, phase, EQ

Part 5
00:21:25

Gain staging, rhythm section balance, sonic goals, level riding vs. compression

Part 6
00:25:49

Drum overheads & room signals, EQ, panning, snare tone, monitoring commentary

Part 7
00:29:42

Electric guitar panning, EQ & delay, marking static mix levels

Part 8
00:24:54

Monitoring levels, guitar & vocal automation, flange effect, cymbals, growl vocal EQ

Part 9
00:17:32

Visualising the band, vocal EQ & dynamics, taming sibilance, adding presence

Part 10
00:17:48

Cleaning & panning tom tracks, resonance control, snare roll treatment

Part 11
00:18:29

Refining static levels for the whole mix, lowering occasional kick & snare hits

Part 12
00:17:52

Explanation of 'absolute' & 'trim' automation modes, vocal riding

Part 13
00:07:15

'Dimension D' processing on D.I. bass signal, final automation moves

Join the legendary rock engineer Andy Wallace at Platinum Sound recording studios in New York City! On a SSL 9000 K Series console, Wallace transforms the Pro Tools session of 'Natural Born Killer' by metal band Avenged Sevenfold into a thundering analog mix. Using no more than desk processing, outboard effects and stereo buss compression, the mixing veteran demonstrates his expertise in blending heavy electric guitars, bass, drums, and vocals. Observe how he achieves a clear, modern, punchy mix though the well-informed use of EQ, compression, gating, sample triggering, effects, and meticulous automation. He explains his every decision, and also elaborates on monitoring, aesthetic vision, gain-staging, and general workflow.

about ANDY WALLACE

Andy Wallace’s name is synonymous with a successful and active career, and calls to mind many classic records such as Nirvana, Bruce Springsteen, Jeff Buckley, Slayer, Alice Cooper, Prince, The Cult, Aerosmith, Guns N’ Roses, Sheryl Crow, Sonic Youth, Foo Fighters, Paul McCartney, Rush, and Rage Against The Machine

Wallace has been awarded eight Grammy Award nominations and one Grammy Award, in 1999, for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical (shared with Tchad Blake and Trina Shoemaker) for Sheryl Crow’s The Globe Sessions.

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