Catherine Marks Mixing ‘Moaning Lisa Smile’ by Wolf Alice Inside the Track 84 [TUTORIAL]
Learn from the multiple award-winning producer and engineer Catherine Marks!
For her MWTM series premiere, Catherine describes her career journey, explains her workflow, and focusses on the multi-track of 2016 Grammy-nominated single ‘Moaning Lisa Smile’ by the rock band Wolf Alice.
Filmed at Rue Boyer studios in Paris, the 1.5 hour-long instalment dives into the creative process behind this record. Additionally, it explores the general workflow and philosophy of Marks, who references a number of other projects by artists including PJ Harvey, Kelly Rowland, Foals, David Viner, and The Amazons.
She imparts many lessons learned from studio sessions and knowledge gained from fellow professionals Alan Moulder, Flood, and others. Taking you through the Pro Tools session of ‘Moaning Lisa Smile’, Catherine shares how she combined an array of guitar sounds, layered vocals, blended samples, and more. Aside from the mix overview, she refers to the equipment and techniques employed at the tracking sessions.
Marks demonstrates parallel processing with Scheps Omni Channel and Devil-Loc, defines parameters often set on mix buss gear from Manley, Inward Connections, SSL, and Dramastic Audio, and reveals more ways in which she uses her favourite tools!
Academic & career journey, mentors, projects, artists, producers, studios, mistakes, attitude, approach
Learning to mix, console, summing mixer, master chains, equipment features, characteristics, purposes
Howling Bells album, emotion, tracking Wolf Alice, tempo, microphones, amplifiers, samples, overdubs
Live performance, bass & electric guitar, low end, distortion, panning, drums, lead vocals, “rainbow sparkles”
The Amazons album, sounds inspiring musical parts, synths, backing vocals, signal chains, plug-in processing
Acoustic guitar, track grouping, parallel compression, comparing different mixes, raw energy vs. cohesiveness