EP 168: Sylvia Massy – Creative Recording Techniques (Revisited)

master your mix podcast, ep 168 sylvia massy

This week we’ve decided to revisit one of my favorite episodes from the early days of the Master Your Mix Podcast.

Sylvia Massy is an American record producer, mixer, engineer, instructor and author. Massy is renowned for her multifaceted production/mixing and engineering skills, with her first major breakthrough occurring with 1993’s Undertow, the full-length triple platinum-selling debut for Los Angeles alternative metal band Tool as well as her work with System of a Down, Johnny Cash, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Brazilian band South Cry.

She has been awarded over 25 gold and platinum records, including several Grammy nominated albums.


  • Her hybrid mixing style
  • Pre-production: What’s involved, why you need it, and what to be focused on in this stage
  • Wet vs. dry vocals: How to get the vocal to sit in front
  • Rick Rubin’s “Slippery Fader” technique
  • Being creative in the studio
  • The benefits of “adventure recording”
  • Creating lasting memories for the artists you’re working with

Notable gear mentioned in this episode:

GML8200: https://sweetwater.sjv.io/m5rAbX

Neve 1073: https://sweetwater.sjv.io/rQeZbR

Isotope Ozone: ​​https://sweetwater.sjv.io/JzoGD7

To learn more about Sylvia Massy, check out her website: https://shop.sylviamassy.com/

For tips on how to improve your mixes, visit https://masteryourmix.com/

Looking for 1-on-1 feedback and training to help you create pro-quality mixes? Check out my new coaching program Amplitude and apply to join: https://masteryourmix.com/amplitude/

Download your FREE copy of the Ultimate Mixing Blueprint: https://masteryourmix.com/blueprint/

Get your copy of the #1 Amazon bestselling book, The Mixing Mindset – The Step-By-Step Formula For Creating Professional Rock Mixes From Your Home Studio: https://masteryourmix.com/mixingmindsetbook/

Join the FREE MasterYourMix Facebook community: https://links.masteryourmix.com/community

To make sure that you don’t miss an episode, make sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or on Android.

Have your questions answered on the show. Send them to questions@masteryourmix.com

Thanks for listening! Please leave a rating and review on iTunes!