Project background, improvisation, rough mix, arrangement, A-B vs. reference, panning, samples, resonance
Toms, distortion, EQ, drum buss, compression, multi-band limiting, transient design, phase relationships
Harmonic presence, colour coding, gating, de-essing, bass & electric guitars, filtering, modulation, reverb
Synthesizer, stereo spreading, increasing ambiance, framing the vocal, cassette emulation, delays
Vocal excitement, sibilance control, dynamics, mic & amp emulation, magnetic tape character, effects
Workflow discussion, typical approach, pre-mix groundwork, experimenting, communication with artists
I Know Who You Are
Queen Kwong(11 min / 1h43)
Tchad Blake takes the stage for our debut series filmed at the MWTM flagship studio in Paris!
In this installment, the extraordinary mixer continues to push sonic boundaries as he shares techniques applied to a recent project — the 2022 single ‘I Know Who You Are’ by Queen Kwong. The experimental indie rock piece is well-suited to Blake, who left his recognisable sonic imprint on the record and shares exactly how he did so, working entirely ‘in the box’.
Tchad gives an overview of the artist and project, plays the rough mix, and explains his typical approach to any session he receives. He states how he is unafraid to follow his own vision, often deviating far from the rough mix then making changes later upon client request. He also emphasises the difference he sees between A-B’ing and referencing, and why it’s important to distinguish.
Aside from discussing his general workflow, Blake goes into detail on creative processing, revealing how he adds presence with harmonics, increases ambience, enhances transients, and much more!
Subtitles in English, Spanish, Italian
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,...