Live Q&A with Ken Lewis
Join Ken Lewis, who has credits on 103 Gold & Platinum records and 28+ years experience in the major label music industry. In his free live broadcasts, he answers a wide range of questions on music production, mixing, career development, demonstrates some cool techniques, shares insights and offers practical advice.
This episode covers:
0:00 – Intro
5:04 – What is Sprint Mixing?
9:05 – Sprint Mix: “Mojave” by Jad Saad
20:50 – Tactics for Sprint Mixing
22:12 – What have you learned in the past year, and how has that made you a better mixer?
24:20 – What is the effect the producer used on Javiera Mena’s vocals in “Flasback”?
27:58 – Can you speak about the Manley on your mastering chain?
30:51 – Will Mixing Night continue after the entire earth re-opens from Covid?
32:04 – When you produce for an artist, do you also mix the track? If so, in what time frame?
34:10 – Do you mix with the master fader up (above 0dB)?
37:21 – Announcing the April 12th, 2021 Beat Challenge
40:15 – I’m a guitarist, and if I record a live instrument part for a song that requires several takes and stems to get the part right. Do I provide the mixer all the stems unedited, and trust them to mix the best parts?
41:10 – Can you show us a sprint mix in Logic using only stock plugins?
42:07 – For somebody who mixes hip hop entirely in the box with UAD, is there any outboard gear that you would recommend to elevate my sound?
43:15 – Breakdown: “Mojave” by Jad Saad – The 808’s
46:31 – Ear Training – Rapid Fire Phaser, Flanger, Chorus
1:00:36 – Mixing Night Anniversary Update
1:11:33 – Marcus Manderson Mixing Night Man of Mystery – iOS Apps from Arturia
1:17:10 – What compressor is your go-to?
1:17:45 – Breakdown: “Mojave” by Jad Saad – The Mix
1:25:59 – Is there a Ken Lewis template?
1:29:37 – Show us how you control that bass?
1:31:49 – Who knew that Dave Derr, owner of Empirical Labs and designer of the Distressor, also was on the design team that invented the Eventide H3000?
1:32:15 – What’s your take on plugins versus hardware?
1:34:28 – How much time do you take to check out and compare plugins?
1:35:45 – Did you listen to a ruff mix before you mixed “Mojave”?
1:40:30 – Winner of The Arturia $2700 Studio Package Giveaway Announced
1:44:28 – Breakdown: “Mojave” by Jad Saad – The Vocals & Mix Buss
1:59:12 – As a young mixer/producer, you, like us, certainly struggled with some problems. What was your wow moment regarding understanding something you’d struggle with before?
2:02:14 – Sprint Mix: “Tipping Point” by Skrizzly Adams
2:12:23 – Outro
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