Series overview, collaborating with the movie’s director and songwriters, storyline, aesthetic, ITB stem workflow.
Auxiliary track chains – vocals, drums, orchestral, other instruments, width, depth, effects, parallel compression
Pre-mix & mix buss chains, crafting low end for theatre vs. records, being misled by visuals
Live drums & percussion, samples, micro vs. macro EQ, parallel compression purpose, mix buss focus
Mixing Mika’s first record, change in workflow, mastering considerations, vocal treatment, demo tracks
Analog vocal compression, doubling, effects, samples, brass, guitar, stomps, swells, maintaining objectivity
The Greatest Show
The Greatest Showman
We’re honoured to bring you a series on the soundtrack of the outstanding contemporary musical ‘The Greatest Showman’! Produced and mixed by the multi-talented Greg Wells, the opening song ‘The Greatest Show’ is a remarkable feat of contemporary songwriting, complex arrangement, and copious amounts of processing. Wells revisits the overwhelming mix session and tells us about his given roles in the project, necessary ITB workflow, obstacles faced, and collaboration with the movie director and songwriters. He then dives into the technicalities of his mix template, comprising multiple auxiliary tracks affecting groups with full and parallel processing, inspired by the workflow of mixers Michael Brauer and Andrew Scheps. Opening up every insert, Wells demonstrates the function of his chosen plug-ins and explains their purpose. He also elaborates on methods of maintaining objectivity, being undistracted by DAW visuals, approaching movie soundtracks differently to records, and more.
About Greg Wells
Few producers in music can rival the pedigree and resume of Grammy-winning producer, mixer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Greg Wells. The Police’s own Stewart Copeland once dubbed Wells “the Swiss Army knife” of the industry, as his wide range of skills has crafted hits for everyone from Katy Perry and Adele to Timbaland featuring OneRepublic, All American Rejects and Deftones. Wells’ career has transcended sonic guidance, as the fluent guitarist, bassist, drummer and keyboard player has...