March 14, 2023
Stéphane Piquemal is a France based mixing engineer. He describes himself as a "driven, perfectionist, foodie."
I mixed Only One by Aaron Taylor & Mickey Shiloh (Janet Jackson, Britney Spears) a Pop track with a Caribbean vibe I particularly love.
I recently mixed a track that is real disco banger: Desir Disco by Elisa Ezzedine feat. Patrick Hernandez (80’s disco legend).
Mixed a few songs from The Voice France, The Voice Kids and The Voice Ireland Artists.
You can out find more on my website.
The forthcoming album by vintage pop duet Jane for Tea is also a project I’m very proud of, they’re very talented people and I had a blast mixing it.
My role is to bring excitement, joy, sadness… enhance whatever the mood of the song is. In order to do so, sometimes I have to go deeper and be more heavy-handed, particularly with drums, they are the meat and potatoes of the song.
Vocals, is a delicate one too, particularly with Pop music, they deliver the message, the vibe of the song, it’s a main feature, you have to take care of. I can spend a lot of time on vocals.
I grew up listening to my parent’s vinyl: The Beatles, Elton John, The Police, Supertramp, Joe Jackson, Miles Davis…you name it.
My musical background as a professional musician, definitely helped a lot.
I still enjoy listening to music a lot, nerding out and cooking of course. Oh? Did I mention I love food? Mixing… Cooking, same thing right? The art of putting things together and taking care of the main ingredient not being drowned in the sauce, et voilà!
Family time (cat included) is very important too.
Yes, setting-up speakers in a room. I learned it the hard hard way.
When I started, 15 years ago, I overlooked monitors placement, back then I was struggling with the low end and lead vocal volume, so I started messing around by moving in the room until I got the low end right and a good stereo image.
Actually, there’s quite a few! But my modified 1176 or the Retro sta level is my go-to for vocals, I might have some plugin afterwards, but the main sound comes from these actual devices.
Neve 33609 comes to my mind when I think about piano, Empirical Labs’ Distressor is ridiculous on bass guitar.
I love Earthquaker devices’ Palisades, it’s an overdrive pedal, a great box for adding color.
Shadow Hills mastering compressor and Chandler Curve bender eq is fantastic combo I enjoy using on the mix bus, warm and fat.
I consider that being a musician with some basic music theory skills is the bare minimum required. On top of that having a good music culture knowledge is also crucial.
If possible, get close to a mentor who wants to support you in this long journey. Shout-out to my friends Pascal Garnon and Joe Zook who helped me a lot when I started out. Be curious, and learn from your mistakes.
As far as I remember I had always used headphones, back to those walkman days :-)
On a daily basis I use them for checking mixes, and also as a music enjoyment, typically on my couch…
LCD-X’s bottom end is tight, deep and punchy, stereo image is stunning, highs are not over-hyped. I can hear stuff better than any cans I had before.
I recently mixed a Pop track for Universal Music’s new protege, Artemisia Toussaint, great actress-singer, surrounded by a great production team.
I used the LCD-X for checking the low end also for some little tweaking on the overall mix.