Equipment, room design, monitoring, signal flow, rough mix, routine, vocal chain, effects, grit, emotion
Stereo field contrast, panning, strings, drums & bass relationship, EQ, compression, analog mix treatment
ITB mix chain, high-end saturation, width automation, gain staging, limiters, finding the sweet spot
Michael Kiwanuka(01 min / 41 min)
Mix engineer Ben Baptie brings you his second MWTM series! Hosted at Pony Studios in London, this instalment uncovers how he mixed the song ‘Beautiful Life’ by artist Michael Kiwanuka. Ben recounts the transition to his current studio, discusses room design, and explains his setup.
With the multi-track session open, he plays the rough mix received and shares his opinion. Baptie comments on what he feels could be improved upon and what he would strive to retain, outlining his intentions for the mix. He guides you through his processing applied to the project, revealing his vocal chain, mix treatment, and how he enhanced particular elements with effects, EQ, saturation, and more!
Subtitles in English, Spanish, Portuguese
About Ben Baptie
Ben Baptie is a London based mix engineer. He works out of his own studio situated in London Fields, East London. He started his career assisting mix engineer Tom Elmhirst in both London and then the legendary Electric Lady Studios in New York. After 4 1/2 years with Tom he left to go freelance. The following year, he engineered for acts such as U2 and Will Butler (Arcade Fire), and mixed artists such as Mark Ronson and Lianne La Havas. In 2016 he moved back to London, from New York, working...