MIX CHALLENGE with XXXTentacion Mixer: Fix This 2-Track Beat!

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Welcome to the mix challenge series – where we challenge the music industry’s top engineers and producers to tackle intricate mixing problems and share their tips and tricks that will get you mixing like a pro.

In this video we challenged multi-platinum mixing engineer Koen Heldens (XXXTentacion, Kanye West) to take a bounced 2-track beat and bring it to its fullest potential. Watch as he shares his techniques for enhancing a pre-mixed beat and breaking down frequency problems using the SSL-E Channel, F6, PuigeTec EQs, dbx 160 compressor, and Abbey Road Vinyl.

  • 1:25 Enhancing the low-end
  • 3:35 Fixing piercing frequencies
  • 10:05 Adding Vinyl warmth & texture
  • 13:42 Adding presence with parallel compression

  • Individual Abbey Road Vinyl preset
  • Individual dbx 160 Compressor/Limiter preset
  • Individual PuigTec EQP-1A preset
  • StudioRack Parallel Compression preset chain (using dbx 160 Compressor/Limiter and PuigTec EQP-1A)

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