Andrew Scheps is one of the top mixing engineers in the world today. He earned his stripes - and Grammys - by mixing hit records for everyone from Adele to The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Jay-Z to Michael Jackson. For this video, Andrew was kind enough to let pureMix.net observe his in-the-box process while he recreated his mix of the song 'Fly Rasta' by the amazing Ziggy Marley from the eponymous album 'Fly Rasta' on Tuff Gong records.
In this 2+ hour master class, Andrew Scheps mixes the very same Pro Tools session he mixed for the actual released record. Watch as he leads you through to a final mix, all with readily available plugins, explaining every move and every decision, and leaving no stones unturned. If you ever wondered what tricks and techniques are required to make records that sound that great, this tutorial is what you have been waiting for.
This is a major mixing engineer mixing a major song for a major artist on a major label, right in front of your eyes, with full transparency. You will get to download the truncated stems of all the tracks and mix along with Andrew in your own DAW, with your own system and with your own plug-ins.
David Nesta "Ziggy" Marley is a Jamaican singer, songwriter, musician, actor and philanthropist. He is the son of reggae icon Bob Marley and Rita Marley. He led the family band Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers until 2002, with whom he released eight studio albums.
Maxiemixer •Sunday, May 28, 2023
I have a couple of questions:
1. why is the synch (external) on and flashing when stopped?
2. Are you still using the Alphatrack? I have one but I cannot find a proper driver for the new Monterey Os X. I used to love the feel of it.
Thanks for sharing your mind process about mixing that song.
After a long tour I am back into parallel compression a lot. Very organic.
bigaktion •Friday, December 9, 2022
@danielbaeder Ever heard of "Mastering"...???
danielbaeder •Friday, July 8, 2022
Hello Andrew and everyone reading this.
The part I was really waiting to see was how to deal with the transients and he just shaved everything off with Pro L. You can feel the bass drum was gone and part of the snare body, to my ears.
Of course when we talk about somebody like Andrew, the expectations are really high. Again, to my ears it sounded a little rough, not "radio ready" quality, specially the vocals. I'm not saying he is hiding the secrets or anything, I'm just being honest, I may be totally wrong. Although very good explanations and the microshift trick worth it watching it.
daniel.boa •Thursday, June 30, 2022
the best video so far... pure mix in real taste
crone.a •Sunday, May 29, 2022
Andrew is definitely a sound crafter! Amazing vid!
Analombardi •Thursday, January 7, 2021
hmmm, shouldn't choosing which mikes to use on the snare and kick be done pre EQ?
ShuntaiMusic •Monday, April 13, 2020
I am taking the time to watch this over and over again, this is my 3rd time. Learning to mix Reggae away from Jamaica is a challenge but He's done a fantastic job. Now if I can remember 50% of his techniques I'll be alright, I took a lot of notes over a span of 3 days. Fly Rasta. The guy is a genius but I understand it took a lot of hard work to get there.
gcarmona99 •Thursday, October 3, 2019
Epic Session! Great tutorial as well.
joethecomposer007 •Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Thank you soooooooooooo much for this amazing lesson. Its mind blowing how many details i keep missing that you remind me of . One day I guess I'll remember )
RobertVe3 •Thursday, March 29, 2018
Shoutout Andrew Scheps on this educational plus practical behind the scene of an Top-tier Mix Engineer at work crafting a Grammy winning Production mix; Straight ART! The ultimate goal of mine and everyone on this message feed. My only question; was the Lead and Background vocals treated for Ss before your final mix? Never see no use of a DeEsser here. I hear no obvious reason for it in your mix here, but i was wondering if it was done prior? Awesome mix my virtual mentor ((:0))
invisarts •Monday, March 12, 2018
The off-beat keyboard and guitar is called the "skank" and the reggae legend of toasting is "you" Roy not "ooh" Roy! But great video and mix! Thx!
Rymsha •Saturday, March 3, 2018
Hi Andrew, great video again. Just a question - when reading various mixing articles I have picked up the general info that you should not:
1. Put a limiter on the 2 bus, that should be left to mastering engineers
2. Always leave at least 3-6 db of headroom on the mix bus.
Seeing your video, you seem to break both general ”rules”. What´s your thinking on this?
firstname.lastname@example.org •Saturday, November 4, 2017
So cool!!! The automation rides where the icing on a perfect cake...everything is grooving and moving in such a pleasant way! Thanks!
maladik •Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Il y a un problème avec la vidéo, au chapitre 3 à partir du rear buss il n'y a plus de sous titre et le peu qui apparaissent sont complètement décalés.
StephenHare •Saturday, April 22, 2017
These tutorials by Andrew Scheps on mixing "Fly Rasta" are of the absolute highest calibre. What Mr. Scheps does here is focus on using a few tools consistently and masterfully in order to get the song to groove best - and he explains why. What I learned most was his philosophical approach to mixing without pretense. This is what we can apply ourselves as our own styles grow, and not get bogged down on whether someone uses one parameter over another. Thank you for making this happen - I felt very much like I was part of the session itself. Respect!