Starting patches for drums, bass, & vocals, compressor comparison, low end EQ, phase
Drums & bass – parallel & direct compression, EQ, chain orders, summing to mono
Vocal & guitar – EQ, compression, re-amping, vari-speed, echo, impedance, transformers
Horns – group blend & compression, analog vs. digital summing
Clavinet & BV – spring reverb, tube compression, clip gain in Pro Tools
BV effects, horns reverb & EQ, lead vocal compression, fader snapshot, automation pass
Vocal EQ automation, feelings about the project, reasons for no mix buss processing
Step inside Red Bull studios NYC to witness analog purist Russell Elevado mix a song from scratch! Using a SSL 9000 J-series console and an arsenal of fine outboard equipment, the fabled engineer crafts an all-analog mix of 'Rugged' by the artist Keziah Jones. Starting from the beginning of the mix process, Elevado explains his initial patching, comments on his choices for particular gear, and demonstrates his approach to getting an initial balance. He then elaborates on his methods and dials in on EQ, parallel and direct compression, re-amping, effects, and more. While mixing, he sheds light on a variety of areas including the benefits of analog summing, creative tape effects, impedance, and transformers. Upon finishing the mix with final EQ and level automation, he enlightens us to why he avoids the common practice of master buss processing.
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...