Early decision-making process, vocal chains received, critique, subtractive approach, vocal processing
Low end part interactions, kick drum, 808 bass, taming hi-hats, producer’s treatment, acting on instinct
Vocal sample, communication, dynamic consistency, gluing vocals & beat, mix buss, gain staging, metering
Remix using only Pro Tools stock plug-ins, vocals, low end, EQ, compression, de-essing, effects, high shelf
Master limiter, parameter experimentation, new mix analysis & comparison to main mix, quick results
Final tweaks to Avid-only mix, commentary on sonics, philosophy, new mix preferences
Jack Harlow feat. Drake(11 min / 1h31)
Hosted at Rue Boyer studios in Paris, this instalment features Leslie Brathwaite deconstructing his mix of ‘Churchill Downs’ by Jack Harlow featuring Drake.
The Grammy Award-winning engineer walks you through the multi-track session, revealing the signal chains he received then explaining how and why he made subtle changes.
While this alone is very insightful, the series contains an exciting twist unlike any previously released – Leslie challenges himself to remix the entire project using only Pro Tools stock plug-ins! Like multiple series rolled into one, this documents two different mixes of the same record back-to-back. Upon comparing his original mix to the new one, you may be as surprised at the result as he was. The experience highlights a sacred audio engineering proverb — “It’s not about the gear; it’s about the ear!”
Subtitles in English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese
About Leslie Brathwaite
Leslie Brathwaite is a Grammy award-winning mix engineer from the U.S. Virgin Islands. The vibrant Caribbean music scene made a strong impression on him as a young teen, and he set up a studio in his bedroom with a small multitrack recorder. To expand his horizons and learn more about audio, he attended Full Sail University in Florida. After graduating from the Recording Arts program in 1992, Brathwaite moved to Atlanta where a flourishing music scene was being driven by a group of producers that...