Project background, mixing the album, equipment used, production, arrangement, digital workflow transition
Session overview, rough mix, commentary, master buss approach, headroom, gain staging, drums, sub frequencies
Parallel processing, reverb, delay, synths, vocals, modulation, sidechain compression, brightness, distortion
Vocal filtering, EQ, dynamics, effects, presence, using noise, tweaking balance, mix compression
Delay throws, ‘Bomb’ tracks, bells, claps, electric guitar, phaser, saxophone, spring reverb
Drum group, drone tracks, vocal blends, ad libs, tape emulation, de-essing, master automation, mix comparison
Original vs. new processing, broad stroke philosophy, limiting, production & mix phases, song elements
M83(23 min / 2h08)
MWTM brings you a series premiere featuring the esteemed producer and mixer Tony Hoffer! In this instalment, he dives into the original Pro Tools mix session of ‘Midnight City’ by M83, the platinum-certified lead single from their 2011 album ‘Hurry Up, We're Dreaming’.
Hoffer speaks of the project’s background and explains how the record was mixed in hybrid fashion. After playing the rough mix and session material, he remixes the song completely ‘In the Box’. Tony reveals the plug-ins and settings initially used, then voices what he feels should be left alone and what could be improved based on his current workflow and tools available.
You will learn about his logical approach to equalization, subtle master buss treatment, practical way of processing groups, and more! Aside from sharing his mix techniques, Hoffer elaborates on production, arrangement, and aesthetic.
Subtitles in English, Spanish, Portuguese
About Tony Hoffer
Tony Hoffer is most known for his colorful, gritty productions and mixes that pop out of the speakers. His work over the years spans across alternative, electronic, rock, pop and indie. Hoffer spent his early years in Miami making music on 2 cassette decks and a reel-to-reel machine. As a teenager, he moved to Los Angeles and went ‘hi-tech’ upgrading to a Tascam 4-track cassette deck falling in love with music and the art of production. Tony started off playing guitar in ‘post-punk’ bands...