Rough mix, session prep, template, instruments, vocals, print track, gain structure
Mix buss, plugins vs. hardware, saturation, trigger tracks, width, mono compatibility
Delay, reverb, clip gain, panning, comparison to rough, shelf EQ, piano focus
Amp emulation, flanging, distortion, adding punch, contrast, expansion, compression
Limiting, phase, effects, tremolo, crossfades, equalising, edits, filtering, dynamics
Tape emulation, balance refinement, foley sound, backing vocals, drum samples
Channel strip emulation, lead vocal treatment, level automation, tape effects, modulation
Digital workflow, breath control, sibilance, de-essing, ambience, placement of elements
The Mechanical Moon
Fiction Parc(20 min / 2h26)
Join the highly innovative mixer Tchad Blake for a deconstruction of ‘The Mechanical Moon’ by Fiction Parc! Hosted at his private studio 'Full Mongrel', this instalment delves into the Grammy-winning engineer's experimental workflow and mix techniques. With the Pro Tools multi-track session open, Tchad guides you through his general approach to mixing projects and the methods employed on this record in particular. He explains how he prepares his sessions, shares his mix template, and reveals the exact processing used on the various elements of the project. Blake auditions the rough mix, then demonstrates how he enhanced the vibe and sonics completely 'in the box' using samples, equalisation, dynamic control, harmonic saturation, and a palette of effects. Aside from showing the plug-ins and settings applied, Tchad elaborates on some topics pertinent to his career, including the transition from analog to digital workflow, pros and cons of both formats, phase, mono compatibility, and more!
Subtitles in English, Spanish
About Tchad Blake
Tchad Blake has an impressive discography, having worked with numerous artists and musicians, including Arctic Monkeys, State Radio, Apartment 26, Elvis Costello, Peter Gabriel, Pearl Jam, Tom Waits, Sheryl Crow, Crowded House, Tracy Chapman, The Dandy Warhols, The Black Keys, U2, and The Pretenders, amongst many others. Blake to date has won five Grammy Awards, including Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical and Best Rock Album for Sheryl Crow's The Globe Sessions (1998), Best Engineered Album,...