Arrangement, instrumentation, kit setup & processing, summing chain, gain staging, monitoring
Plate reverb, gain-matching, enhancing high end without EQ, amplifier & tape emulation
Mixing vs. mastering, drum buss, phase, thickening snare, compression, distortion, breaks
Drum tracks, 'underheads' recording technique, bass tones, vocal tracking, snare sample
Adding 'air' to horns, bass compression, lead vocal chain, de-essing, tape saturation, EQ
Bit crushing, transient design, excitement, limiting, microphone discussion
Further microphone commentary, multi-band compression, mix limiting, first print, listen
Taming low end, room acoustics, second print, fully ITB mix, comparison, analog vs. digital
The Swell Season
Join us at Tarquin studios in Conneticut, home of the revered indie music producer and engineer Peter Katis! In this series, we focus on the song 'Low Rising' by The Swell Season. With the original mix session open, Katis recounts the process behind the production, engineering, and mixing of the record. Alongside referral to recording techniques, instrument preparation, and more on tracking and production, his main focus is on how it was mixed and how he can remix. Peter shares his ITB processing from 2009, applied before analog summing and his master chain. Referencing the original mix, he challenges himself to achieving a superior result, then prints two versions – one with his elaborate summing chain and one purely digital. He compares the new mixes to one another and the original, and discusses a variety of topics including analog vs. digital sonics, loudness, acoustics, and much more!
About Peter Katis
Peter Katis is well known for his engineering, mixing, and producing alternative and indie rock acts, such as The National, Interpol, Frightened Rabbit, Jónsi Birgisson (of Sigur Rós), Local Natives, Augustines, The Head and the Heart, Trey Anastasio, The Swell Season, Mercury Rev, The Twilight Sad, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Shearwater, Mates Of State, Tokyo Police Club, The Kissaway Trail and many more. Katis’ credits page at Allmusic.com listed more than 360 entries over a 20-year long career,...