Puremix Tutorials: F. Reid Shippen Mixing Dierks Bentley

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Grammy Award Winning Engineer, Mixer, and Producer, F. Reid Shippen, has made a name for himself in the mixing world through working with some of the world’s most respected artists across a wide variety of genres.

You can hear his work on records from Death Cab For Cutie, Cage The Elephant, Neil Young, The Jonas Brothers, Backstreet Boys, Eric Church, Johnny Lang, Chris Tomlin, Dierks Bentley, and the list goes on.

In this Puremix Exclusive, F. Reid Shippen opens the multitrack of Dierks Bentley's "Drunk On A Plane" to dissect the choices he and the producers made during the production and remixes the song in front of you to explain his thought process, workflow, and techniques that have helped him achieve success as a first call mixing engineer.

Learn how Reid:

  • Sets up his sessions before he starts mixing
  • Engineered the drum session
  • Turns a single shout vocal into a crowd chant
  • Adds multiple layers of drum samples to create powerful tones that cut through the mix
  • Uses the Haas effect and spatial processors like Crystalizer and the Cooper Time Cube to extend guitar elements outside of the speakers
  • Creates Ambience using Drum Room Mics and Drum Samples
  • Sidechains Background vocal effects to the dry send to avoid masking the dry signal.
  • And learn his philosophies on work hours and working with assistants.

02h 18min