Console, stereo & surround routing, buss compression, modifications, subgroups, effects, de-essing, track layout
Sample rate, speaker preferences, metering, common chains on vocals, drums, piano, bass, guitars
Mixing 'Patchouli' by Squeeze – vocals, drums, acoustic & pedal steel guitar, strings, Mellotron, harpsichord
Guitars, keyboards, choir vocals, filtering, general compression approach, mix compressor settings, gear vs. plug-ins
We're delighted to bring you the first ever MWTM video series with legendary mixer Bob Clearmountain! You can learn from Bob at his personal studio 'Mix This', which houses a modified 72-input SSL 4000G+ console that simultaneously feeds both stereo and 5.1 surround sound monitoring systems. Clearmountain takes you through his setup, explaining his routing, added console features, VCA fader layout, effects sends, and much more. He also shares his expertise on crucial areas that include monitoring, sample rates, metering, and equipment. He opens a session of the song 'Patchouli' by Squeeze, and mixes it in hybrid fashion using plug-ins and outboard gear. You'll witness how Bob treats vocals, drums, bass, guitars, strings, Mellotron, harpsichord, and his mix buss. He reveals the signal chains inserted, console EQ applied, and his renowned use of reverb and delay. You may also be enlightened by his approach to de-essing and compression, and his views on plug-ins versus hardware!
About Bob Clearmountain
Bob Clearmountain is an American recording engineer, mixer, and producer. He began playing bass guitar as a teen and became fascinated by recording technology. Upon the splitting up of his band, he secured a job as assistant engineer at Media Sound studios in NYC. Throughout the '70s, Clearmountain made his mark on successful disco albums by Chic and Sister Sledge. The early '80s brought further opportunities with superstars Bryan Adams, Roxy Music, David Bowie, Hall & Oates, INXS, Bruce Springsteen,...