Inside the Track #12
Inside the Track #12
Production philosophy, working with bands vs. solo artists, changes in methods over time, four stages of mixing
‘Home mix’ session, monitoring, colour coding, drums, percussion, lead vocal, gain structure, inspiration
Emulating the analog mix buss ITB, console EQ, electric guitar, drum overdubs, finger snaps, notch filtering
Different uses of EQ, vocal EQ automation, plosives, clicks, ‘S’ sounds, using effects as inserts vs. sends
Emulating analog distortion ITB, gating, commitment to sounds in tracking, drum room, mics, & treatment
Mixing phase 2, console track order, Neve EQ & distortion, vocal qualities vs. mics, stem printing, compressors
Comparing analog mix buss compressors, replacing plugins with hardware, home mix vs. studio mix
Stem session overview, final mix versions, altering parts within the stereo file using stem phase inversion
Join us at Sphere Studios in Los Angeles with the producer and engineer Nick Launay! In this series, we take a detailed look into the creation of the record ‘As a Man’ – a song by the singer and guitarist Anna Calvi. Using a hybrid setup of Pro Tools, a Neve 8078 console, and an outboard mix chain, Launay demonstrates his techniques and recounts the journey taken for the project. In addition to explaining his tracking and production approaches, he shows his treatment used on vocals, live drums, samples, percussion, guitars, bass, and the mix buss. He discusses his production philosophy, inspiration, development of new methods, and the four main stages of his current mixing workflow – the home mix, studio mix, stem mix, and parallel blend. Nick elaborates on the pros and cons of analog and digital workflow, and shows a fascinating way of altering specific parts within a stereo mix by inverting the phase of stems.
Nick Launay is an English record producer, composer and recording engineer He is one of the most sought after record producers in the world due to his success with recent albums by Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arcade Fire, and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.