Professional background, workflow evolution, setup, summing, vocal processing, stem creation
Rough mix consideration, keyboards, rhythm & vocal section relationship, hooks, master chain
Dynamic range based on genre, reference tracks, limiting, drums & percussion treatment, mastering
Music buss, vocal effects, working with Stargate, approvals, maintaining perspective, monitoring
Dancing with a Stranger
Sam Smith & Normani(14 min / 51 min)
Join us for a MWTM premiere with Grammy award-winning mix engineer Kevin Davis! Hosted at his studio in Hollywood, this four-part series shows you how Davis mixed the multi-platinum certified single ‘Dancing with a Stranger’ by Sam Smith & Normani.
He explains how his workflow has evolved, takes you through his current setup, and describes his typical approach to any new session. Kevin plays the rough mix that he received from the production team Stargate, comments on how it could be enhanced, and dives into all his processing.
You’ll learn how he created pristine vocals, strengthened the groove of the music, and gave the mix an extra boost through a hybrid master chain. Aside from the technical aspects, he discusses other important areas including his rapport with producers, the mastering stage, and how he maintains a fresh perspective on his mixes.
Subtitles in English, Spanish, Portuguese
About Kevin Davis
Kevin ‘KD’ Davis is a Grammy award-winning mix engineer from Los Angeles, USA. He was born into the music business, his father being a record producer and his mother a songwriter. From a very young age, Kevin was frequently at studios and exposed to pro audio gear at home. He became intrigued with keyboards, drum machines, and other such tools. As a teenager, Davis went on tour as a roadie with his mother, where he learned about the live music business, setting up stages, using equipment, and...