Inside the Track #1
Inside the Track #1
Mix process, session overview, tracks, samples, triggering, chains, groups, effects, SRS
Mix buss, real tape vs. emulations, analog vs. digital characteristics, monitoring, mastering
Rough mix, stems vs. raw tracks, phase, panning, rebalancing, sibilance, delay compensation
Drum distortion, kick treatment, mix evolution, piano aggression, string effects, guitar modulation
Mix revisions, album cohesiveness, 'Mix 5' session analysis, ad lib effects, plosives, vocal excitement
Bass effects, master EQ, saturation, compression, limiting, gain structure, tape & tube sonics
Join us at Full Mongrel studio, home of the innovative mixer Tchad Blake! In this series, the Grammy-winning engineer shows you how he mixed the indie rock single 'Bad Habits' by English band The Last Shadow Puppets. He speaks of the record's journey and mix stages, then takes you through his ITB template. Blake reveals his creative audio processing that maximises the potential of digital workflow, and he discusses how it compares with mixing in the analog realm. You’ll see how he enhances all audio tracks using only plug-ins, with the exception of one outboard piece – the Hughes SRS. Tchad plays the rough mix received from the band, gives an overview of the Pro Tools session, and shows you exactly how he crafted his own mix for the album. You’ll see how he applies a variety of techniques to alter the frequency spectrum, dynamics, modulation, harmonic content, and more!
Tchad Blake has an impressive discography, having worked with numerous artists and musicians, including Arctic Monkeys, State Radio, Apartment 26, Elvis Costello, Peter Gabriel, Pearl Jam, Tom Waits, Sheryl Crow, Crowded House, Tracy Chapman, The Dandy Warhols, The Black Keys, U2, and The Pretenders, amongst many others Blake to date has won five Grammy Awards, including Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical and Best Rock Album for Sheryl Crow's The Globe Sessions (1998), Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical for his work on Suzanne Vega's Beauty & Crime (2007), and two Grammys for his work with The Black Keys on 2010's Brothers.