Session prep, signal flow, labelling, workflow consistency, cues, mix chain, delay times, effects sends
Static balance, console EQ, phase, parallel processing, reverb, normalising, clip gain, compression
Vocal slap effects, blending harmonies, bass presence, piano dynamics, outboard gear discussion
Comparison between units, demonstration on drum tracks, lead vocal effects, painting a landscape
First automation pass, console vs. Pro Tools workflow, section-based punching, reverb tail, saving moves
Second automation pass, listening levels, master buss in & out, panning, print, advice to novice mixers
Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Green Day(02 min / 1h30)
Observe the eminent Chris Lord-Alge mix ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’, the Grammy award-winning Record of the Year by Green Day!
Filmed at his private studio Mix L.A. in California, this series reveals how CLA tackles a mix using only analog processing. He starts from scratch, opening the Pro Tools production session and taking you through his essential preparation stages. Chris explains the signal flow, shares his outboard gear of choice, and plays the raw signals. Upon getting a static balance, he launches into the impulsive sonic sculpting for which he is revered.
You’ll see how he addresses each element of the famous rock song, applying tasteful treatment with EQ, compression, and effects. He reiterates the importance of simplicity and using only the tools necessary for the job, showing how he can drastically enhance the audio in a straightforward manner. As always, CLA is as enlightening as he is entertaining!
Subtitles in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, French, Italian
Join Chris Lord-Alge at La Fabrique for a week-long mixing seminar from October 03–09! The American engineer is a true force to be reckoned with in the studio. Since the 1980s, his mixes have dominated charts and airwaves across the globe, with notable contributions to seminal albums and singles by Green Day, Bruce Springsteen, Muse, Prince, Tina Turner, and more.
About Chris Lord-Alge
Chris Lord-Alge’s talent is exemplified by his AllMusic credit list containing an astonishing 1100 entries, with huge names such as Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner, Avril Lavigne, Cher, Muse, Celine Dion, Michael Bublé, Aerosmith, Madonna, Green Day, Meat Loaf, U2, Snow Patrol, Sheryl Crow, Savage Garden, Bon Jovi, Fleetwood Mac, Black Eyed Peas, The Rolling Stones, Smashing Pumpkins, James Brown, Eric Clapton, Nine Inch Nails, Foo Fighters, My Chemical Romance and many more. He has won six Grammy...