"The first mixes we did, before Andy Wallace came in, were really raw, which is how the band wanted them. Kurt told me "Take all the high-end off the guitars", but I said that would make the guitars sound too muddy. He thought they sounded cool and were more punk that way. I would argue with Kurt, "Your voice is the most intense thing about the songs, and it deserves to be right up there in your face with the music!"
With Endless, Nameless, Krist, Dave and Kurt mixed that song. They got behind the board and ran the faders up and down.
We all agreed to get another mix guy in with fresh ears. It wasn’t any big deal, Geffen sent over a list of names to choose from, Scott Litt was on top of the list, but Kurt said,
No, I don’t want to sound like R.E.M. Ed Stasium was also on the list, to which Kurt said,
No, I don’t want to sound like the Smithereens. He went all the way to the bottom of the list and Andy Wallace was there, it said
Slayer next to his name and Kurt said,
Get this guy.
Basically, I’d let Andy go over the tracks by himself for a few hours, When he got everything up, he’d call me in, and I’d bring in the band and we would nitpick stuff. Basically, we mixed a song or two a day. The whole record took nine or 10 days to mix. Andy gave some real wide stereo separation using some doubling and delays on guitars and things, he put a little gloss on the voices but I don’t think he went too far with it. If anything, we wanted to make sure the mixes still sounded fairly organic. Part of reason why the album sounds so slick is that the room miking of the drums didn’t work out well and so Wallace used digital reverb to fix the sound and further pumped up the drums with equalization and some samples that he blended in behind the kick drum and snare. - Butch Vig.
"I was involved with assisting Butch on the initial mixing of ‘Nevermind’, they were at Devonshire for 3 or 4 days before they decided to move the mix to another studio. No real tracking occurred at Devonshire, however I recall Kurt doing a few guitar overdubs and I think he did a few vocal fixes as well. Kurt carved the word
NIRVANA on the underside of a wooden chair rail in the back of the control room.” - Devonshire Studios’ in-house engineer, James Johnson.
- smellsliketeenspiritforxmasno1 reblogged this from nirvananews
- veryapeverynice reblogged this from nirvananews
- intangiblesolidus reblogged this from helloivewaitedhereforyou
- pearlsforyoureyes likes this
- helloivewaitedhereforyou reblogged this from nirvananews
- jarrison likes this
- this-is-not-my-life likes this
- bombardedwithrice likes this
- nirvananews posted this