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Matt Schaeffer

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Kendrick Lamar & SZA
"All the Stars"

Inside the Track #23

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Inside the Track #23

Part 1
00:16:47

Session overview, production, metering, headroom, summing, vocal chains, mix buss processing

Part 2
00:11:42

Focus on Kendrick's vocals – microphones, spaces, recording chain, mix inserts, effects sends

Part 3
00:21:22

Kick drum split and blend, claps, hi-hat, string overdubs, synth loops, monitoring, limiting

Enter the studio with Matt Schaeffer, recording and mixing engineer for Kendrick Lamar since 2014. In this series, we explore the multi-track mix session of 'All the Stars' by Lamar & SZA, a song from the 2018 blockbuster movie 'Black Panther'. Schaeffer outlines the recording and production process of the track, yet focusses primarily on the techniques used in his fully 'In The Box' mix. He discusses monitoring, metering, level calibration, headroom, analog summing emulation, microphones, the benefits of stacking compressors and de-essers, and much more. He also demonstrates how he duplicates beat tracks for sequential treatment, side-chain compresses the synth group, blends string overdubs, and – best of all – reveals every detail of his elaborate vocal chains for Kendrick and SZA!

about Matt Schaeffer

Two years after graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2012, Matt Schaeffer began working with rapper Kendrick Lamar as a recording engineer This garnered him a ‘Best Rap Album’ Grammy Award in 2015 for his work on 'To Pimp A Butterfly’.

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