Mix Notes #1 — Anna Ash

This video is the first in a new series we’re calling Mix Notes — short performances that we show in their entirety, and while you watch, we mix the tune.

To inaugurate the Mix Notes series, we asked Anna Ash to stop by and record a performance of “Floodlights” from her 2016 album, Floodlights.

The performance was recorded with an A-Designs Pacifica preamp and two beautiful AEA microphones: a KU4, which had a nice presence that worked really well on Anna’s voice, and a N22, one of the best close-mic guitar amp mics we’ve ever heard.

You can hear the final mix on SoundCloud.


As noted in the video: on the guitar, there is some stereo vibrato from Wow Control, harmonic tremolo from Trem Control, and stereo widening from Midside.

On the vocals, a little treble from Tiltshift, baxandall courtesy of Tone Control, heft from Faraday Limiter, and some analog color and tape echo, both from Wow Control.

Pro Tools Session

Want to see the mix for yourself? Download the Pro Tools session here — just be sure to abide by the session’s CC BY-NC-ND license.

Find out more about Anna Ash on her personal site: http://www.annaash.com/