Workflow evolution, mixing spaces, equipment, room correction, reference material, project background
Chain of command, respecting the demo, gear vs. craft, artist research, production session, vocal treatment
EQ, automation, clean version, kick, bass, claps, low-end resonance, transient design, compression
Minimalist approach to processing, ear candy, production, effects, groove, rhythm, mixing quickly
Dealing with pressure, trusting fundamentals, resting, “audio illusions”, ego, understanding artists
Rita Ora, David Guetta, Imanbek & Gunna(24 min / 1h45)
Step inside the home studio of Leslie Brathwaite for a walkthrough of how he mixed ‘Big’, the hit collaboration by Rita Ora, David Guetta, Imanbek, and Gunna!
In this five-part series, the Grammy-winning engineer explains how the pandemic helped improve his workflow, tells the story of this exciting project, and reveals the techniques he implemented to craft a mix that was so well received by all parties involved. Leslie opens the Pro Tools session with every plug-in deactivated, takes you through the source material, and demonstrates his processing.
You’ll see the simple yet effective ‘in the box’ approach taken to bring a high-end production to the next level, using a handful of his favorite tools and placing intuition over technicalities. In addition, Braithwaite discusses other aspects of his job with regards to communication, psychology, and more!
Subtitles in English, Spanish
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...