Console, analog preference, SSL models, mix buss, monitoring, sample rates, outboard
Effects, philosophy, revisions, work speed, stems, tape, pitch shift, alignment, metering, drums
Bass treatment, compressor tone, vocal groups, Rhodes, guitars, recording process, varispeed
Tape, echos, drums re-amp, printed effects, vocal stacks, listening levels, scene change in bridge
Automation stage, fader status, snapshot, rides vs. compression, vocal effects, recap
Till It's Done
Join us at Red Bull studios in New York for a mixing series with analog fanatic Russell Elevado! Using a SSL 9000 J-series console and a selection of quality outboard equipment, the renowned engineer builds a new mix of 'Till It's Done' by D'Angelo. Elevado shares his rationale for using no plug-ins, drawing comparisons with the fundamentals of hardware versus modeled software. He also discusses the benefits of console workflow, elaborates on differences between SSL models, reveals why he most often uses no mix buss chain, and takes you through the gear used on this project. As you watch Russell mix the multi-track from scratch, you'll see how he creatively uses EQ, compression, tape effects and more on vocals, drums, bass, guitar, and keyboards. Aside from techniques, you'll learn of his thoughts on sample rates, monitoring, creativity under pressure, and other pertinent subjects.
About Russell Elevado
Russell Elevado, is a recording engineer and record producer based in New York City. Elevado's achievement for recording and mixing contemporary R&B recording artist D'Angelo's critically acclaimed Voodoo album, earned him a Grammy award in 2000. Voodoo is now considered a classic album in the contemporary R&B genre and paved the way for the neo-soul movement. Elevado's "old school" engineering techniques and preference for using mostly vintage equipment gave the album a sound reminiscent of a...