Inside the Mix: Red Hot Chili Peppers w/Andrew Scheps


02h 32min


This is your chance to see how Grammy-winning engineer/producer Andrew Scheps mixed the legendary rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers' song Pink as Floyd.

Learn how a multi-platinum mix engineer collaborated with the band and producer Rick Rubin to record and mix the group in both large-format studios and home studios.

Hear how he captured the band’s characteristically funky and energetic vibe then translated that into a punchy and finished mix. Andrew teaches you how he applies and adapts his mix template to craft the mix quickly with dynamics and vibe.

Andrew dissects his final mixing session and shows you how to:

  • Combine close mics, overheads, and room mics to create a cohesive sound to the drums as one instrument
  • Use shared compression for a night and day difference on the drum tone and add dynamics to the entire arrangement
  • Take a mix from sounding "awesome" to sounding "finished"
  • Setup mix bus processing to do more with less in terms of processing
  • Get Flea's signature bass tone using a combination of mics and DI
  • Make acoustic and electric guitars sit perfectly in the mix
  • Use both subtractive and additive EQ to enhance the sound of individual tracks
  • Add creative special effects to spice up the bridge and take it into a new space
  • Keep the Anthony Kiedis’ lead vocals sounding present and powerful even when the mix is dense and layered
  • Judge and tweak the gain stage the entire mix based on the 2 bus compressor
  • Use stereo width manipulation with hard panning to make a great stereo image in headphones and speakers alike

Pick up dozens of tips and tricks from Andrew's decades of experience and learn the process and mixing system he uses on one of the most successful bands ever.

BONUS: Download the exercise files and practice mixing the song for yourself! The artist and their label were gracious enough to allow pureMixers the chance to try their hand at mixing a portion of the song using the same raw multitrack stems Andrew mixed. Put your skills to the test and apply some of your new found techniques.

Exercise files
Equipment & Software
  • Smack
  • Lo-fi
  • Scheps 73
  • EQ III 
  • UAD Pultec
  • CLA-2A
  • CLA-76
  • Roland RE-201 Space Echo
  • bx digital v2
  • RBass
  • RVox
  • UAD Helios 69
  • JLM LA500
  • dbx 160
  • UAD EL7 Fatso Jr
  • H-Reverb
  • L2
  • FilterBank F202
  • Soundtoys Little Microshift
  • ReVibe II
  • Fairchild 660/670
  • Massey L2007
  • UAD Neve 33609
  • UAD Neve 31102
  • UAD 1176AE
  • UAD EMT 140
  • Phoenix II
  • Aphex Vintage Exciter
  • H910 Dual Harmonizer
  • D-Verb
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Andrew Scheps

Andrew Scheps is a music producer, mixing engineer and record label owner based in the United Kingdom. He has received Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album for his work on Red Hot Chili Peppers' Stadium Arcadium, Album Of The Year for Adele's 21, and also Best Reggae Album for Ziggy Marley's Fly Rasta.

Andrew started as a musician, but found that what he enjoyed most was working behind the scenes. This led him to study recording at the University of Miami. After graduating, he spent some time working for Synclavier, and then on the road with Stevie Wonder (as a keyboard tech) and Michael Jackson (mixing live sound). But he found his home in the studio, and he honed his craft working for producers such as Rob Cavallo, Don Was and Rick Rubin.

Andrew collaborated with Waves in order to create his own line of plug-ins which include the Scheps 73 EQ and the Scheps Parallel Particles.

Andrew is one of the best known mixing engineers in the world, well-known for his Rear Bus mixing techniques that he developed working on his 64 input Neve 8068 console and his love for distortion of any kind. If you are watching pureMix videos you will see that he managed to carry his analog sound signature over to a fully portable digital rig. These days, Andrew mixes completely In The Box as it allows him much greater flexibility and the ability to work on several project simultaneously.



Lana Del Rey

Red Hot Chili Peppers


Michael Jackson

Green Day

Featured Artists and Musics
Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers is an American funk rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1983. The group's musical style primarily consists of rock with an emphasis on funk, as well as elements from other genres such as punk rock and psychedelic rock. Currently, the band consists of founding members vocalist/rhythm guitarist Anthony Kiedis and bassist Flea, longtime drummer Chad Smith, and former touring guitarist Josh Klinghoffer.

  • Pink as Floyd

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2022 Aug 25
I don't know about Mac but in Window holding down the windows key and clicking on the first plugin in the chain bypasses all the plugs in the channel.
Byron’s Brigades
2022 Jan 31
Another wonderful masterpiece of Andrew, well explained as always!
2020 Jan 08
Scheps with the Penderecki reference?! As if you weren't already hip enough Andrew! Thank you for this series. Amazing!
2019 Nov 03
It would be interesting to know how much EQ and compression was added when the tracks were recorded. Non or some?
2018 Dec 05
Oh boy, I have to ask a stupid question: Are the stems that are available for download really how you received them before you mixed them? I ask because I've always thought that it was optimal to record in a manner to where a track might average around -8dB. But, all of these tracks are averaging -2dBs, sometimes getting into the positive dBs, with the master track hitting 14dBs! Did you really receive them that loud? When my tracks get that loud, they sound weird after being bounced (using Logic X).
2018 Nov 20
@AScheps Thanks Andrew! if you could tell me that buss you send everything to except the battery would be a parallel understanding of the same mix, right? Thank you for taking the time to indicate things in detail without so much mystery, without so much return, to see that you work similar to what we could work on. It is truly encouraging and inspiring, a big hug.
2018 Apr 22
The video loads very slowly.... I had to refresh the page many times to continue watching.
2018 Apr 20
I' ve noticed the drums were recorded from the drummers perspective, but Andrew has the hi-hat on the left side in the mix. Weird...
2018 Apr 07
Great non technical walkthrough. Really great approach to everything and for me it’s more insightful to hear the thought process as opposed to, decrease 2db here etc etc. I highly recommend watching his template video first as this will make much more sense, plus the way Mr. Scheps routes has definitely making it easier for me to achieve a better mix and let’s my mind not over think things.
TC Hotrod
2018 Feb 23
Digging deeper into a mix and Andrew's mind! Great lesson. Each new video let us get into tech detail and new tips but more than this, some kind of his mix philosophy. It skilfully complements some other PM tutos which are more purely technical centered. One or two monthly Scheps video and I guess you'll convice me at PM to get my annual ticket plan. :)
2018 Feb 19
Hello Andrew, thank you for this great tutorial!I would like to ask you a question about treating resonances: In this video there is a mmmmhh resonance within the BD and a chiiiiii within the cymbals. Obviously you don't care about it. Why do you not insert EQs and notch them out?
2018 Feb 14
Hey Andrew! Thanks a lot for this amazing tutorial, and for sharing with us this great song. I have a question about the rear bus, currently I'm having the same issue with uad plug ins not being able to be multi mono (I think it's because my pro tools isn't HD), so how do you send from the individual tracks that are panned center? Do you make two sends one to the rear bus L. and another to the rear bus R. ? Thank you so much...
2018 Jan 26
Andrew is a genius. Five stars!
2018 Jan 25
THANKS ANDREW! This video to me is your best one!!! I’ve watched all videos on this website and I think that Fab is the best teacher because he has a different way to explain stuff, a way that I find meaningful to my mixes. Your other videos seemed like ones of other teachers: “this is the song, this is what i did and this is why i did it”. But this time OH MY GOD! You managed to give me a lot of new things to think about and to implement in my workflow. I think this video is one of the best to watch and it is as good as if not better than Fab’s ones. Again, THANK YOU!
2018 Jan 24
So nice to be able to watch how my musical heroes from when I was a kid are being mixed by this great mixer / tutor. To have a look behind-the-scenes of the mixing process, is of great value. Thanks Andrew and PM! About the mixbus: you seem to choose these tools to mix with, because they provide you the sound of 'your DAW console', instead of a clean digital mix. Of course also because of the way you want them to interact with the music. Would you use these devices on (almost) each project you start with, or do things change sometimes depending on the genre (electro vs. rock vs. pop...)?
2018 Jan 19
Thanks so much for this great and insightful video! Good karma for you sir.
2018 Jan 16
Thanks Andrew! I can already see, when starting to use your concepts, that these will be game changers for me. Ola
2018 Jan 16
@Rymsha . In this case the tracks are very well recorded, but really, I almost never use compression directly on individual tracks, the parallel compression does what I want it to do, and I don't like compressing things directly. I only use HPF when there's a problem, and EQ only if a track really needs it. Less is sometimes more!
2018 Jan 15
Hi Andrew, thanks for a great video and talk through of your process. I notice you do not do much compression, hi pass filtering or EQ on your individual tracks. I assume that this has been carefully been taken care of during tracking? Best Ola
2018 Jan 06
This video is AWESOME! I just love the way you treat and mindset for the DRUMS. CHAD is an incredibly drum player. I been using this parallel compression concept for my mixes and i couldnt be happier. ANDREW, any chance i can show you one of my mixes and recieve some feedback? you would make a guy very very very very very happy. Thanks for the love! Fede.
2018 Jan 05
"Inside Andrew Scheps" Perfect. Thank you ! (love your hair and beard too)
2017 Dec 27
@joebonn Yup, I have to solo and print every stem separately, and sonically they don't really add up to the mix. They're close, but without the shared compression being shared, they're different.
2017 Dec 14
Andrew Scheps and Puremix.... Thank you! For an aspiring pro, watching pros at work is possibly the best way to learn next to actually diving in yourself.
Vegard Knutsen
2017 Dec 14
@AScheps. Thank you for your answer! I know I'm kind of overthinking this. At the end it's all about getting a good tonal and volum balance and keep training my ears to hear what compression does to the music. A lot of practice and watching great tutorials like this one :)
2017 Dec 14
@AScheps Thank you for the answer. It's a clever method! When you print stems, do you have to solo each group's respective VCA and run them off one at a time?
2017 Dec 13
@pjotalamas You've answered your own question by saying how much gain reduction is happening at the compressor and limiter. That's how loud things are hitting the mix buss. I really don't look at meters or clip lights. When the balance is good I know when the mix needs be pushed or brought down, and I just do it. I don't think there are a lot of red lights on the audio tracks, but there might be...
Vegard Knutsen
2017 Dec 13
Thank you Andrew for another amazing tutorial! I have a question: When you send your uncompressed kick and snare to your mixbus do you see red lights on the individual channels? (I know about the floating point mixer). I try to understand how hard the transients hit the mixbus. I have noticed that you normally do a 3-4 db GR on the Neve 33609 and with a limiter doing 4-6 db of GR (which the whole mix going). Are the busscomp and the limiter catching the peaks and pushing the snare and kick into their "right spot"in the mix - with red lights on the channels? Thank you in advance.
2017 Dec 09
@joebonn I never know how much gain reduction is happening in the rear buss. The template has evolved so that my post fader sends at 0 just send a copy of the tracks, and then with the master fader on the rear buss itself and the input knob to the 1176 it usually works out right. I never look.
2017 Dec 07
Many thanks to Andrew for this amazing series of tutorials! Quick question: does Andrew have a general amount of gain reduction that he aims for on the rear bus or is it all based on feel of the song and how much is blending in?
2017 Nov 28
I think this is probably the best tutorial I've seen on this whole site. Wow. Just a goldmine of greatness presented in such a humble and honest manner. Killer!
2017 Nov 27
Another great video from Andrew! The thing that keeps coming back is mixing is so much about recording the tracks properly to begin with. He is mixing a record not trying to fix it.
2017 Nov 26
Wow, incredible this is one of my favorite PM videos yet. Sharing your knowledge and thought process so clearly and with such detail. This is priceless to me. What gift to recording community. Mahalo Andrew and Puremix! David
2017 Nov 25
Thanks for the great tutorial! It would be even better to see the mastering process of that track
2017 Nov 24
Such an amazing combination of one of my favorite pureMix Mentors and one of my top artists! Love the simple, calm, clean, and detailed approach. Nice work again pureMix team.
2017 Nov 23
Amazing video (so far, haven't watched it all yet) but a sidenote to the EastWest comment, BSSM was recorded in 'The Mansion' ;-)
2017 Nov 23
Thanks again for another funtastico experience. For the record @AndrewSheps, I really appreciate you telling the stories, sharing the human experience and "going off in the weeds" to provide insightful b/g. That drum room just sounds ridiculously crazy awesome. Could listen to you talk all day. Excellent work man, be well x
2017 Nov 23
WOW , thanks you soooooooooo Much for the part on the drums. Kinda of new (15years recording )) but never thought about parallel drums in different parts . The strings are amazing. Very B Herrmann