Inside The Mix Of Rihanna’s ‘Diamonds’ With Phil Tan

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Inside The Mix Of Rihanna’s ‘Diamonds’ With Phil Tan
Full Sail Recording Arts graduate/Hall of Fame inductee Phil Tan dives into his mix session for Rihanna’s chart-topping hit single, “Diamonds,” talks plug-ins, and answers questions about his mixing techniques.

As a Graduate of Full Sail’s Recording Arts program in 1990, Phil earned some of his first engineering credits working with Kriss Kross, Run DMC and Toni Braxton. Since those early years, Phil has also served as a solid member of Rapper / Producer / Songwriter / Record Mogul Jermaine Dupri’s camp in Atlanta. Phil’s studio work includes Mix Engineer credits on GRAMMY Nominated releases by TLC, Will Smith, Brandy, Usher, Lil Kim, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, Anthony Hamilton, Snoop Dogg & Pharrell, Omarion, Nelly, Destiny’s Child, Gwen Stefani, and Mariah Carey to name a few. Phil has also served as a Trustee for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Phil has been awarded three GRAMMYs for his work with Rihanna, Mariah Carey and Ludacris.

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33 thoughts on “Inside The Mix Of Rihanna’s ‘Diamonds’ With Phil Tan”

  1. anyone else realize he always said i didnt mean to avoid your question for
    like every question ? other then that pretty cool

  2. is this the full mix that he showed? for instance I don’t see any high pass
    filters on things or EQ on for instance a bass to compensate for the kick
    drum – I am guessing the tracks are EQ’d before he gets them?

  3. This song/mix is so hollow… where are the guitars or some epic noise wall
    :P

  4. 27 minutes and 40 seconds until the audio got better – don’t know if I’d
    trust an audio school that takes that long

  5. hahahaha so, pro audio school, garage sound and 2k, 4k and 800 hertz
    (approx) too saturated in the mics and the noise from movement is
    interesting, If I mixed a corporate gig like that I wouldn’t get paid. I
    think Australia has higher standards, much higher standards. Although the
    USA is the international powerhouse for movies/tv and music. I’m in the
    wrong country.

  6. mixing ITB Sucks it sounds Boxie it good only for HipHop, Dance, EDM, Popy
    stuff

  7. What really surprised me in the session is the total absence of high pass
    filter ;0
    I really would like to know if those tracks are high pass during tracking
    or not

  8. For the people that are bashing Phil’s use or lack of use of lots of
    plugins…Here is the thing: A great engineer knows when NOT to use
    compression or eq. When you mix songs produced by guys like StarGate (Big
    names, google them)…he receives preprocessed and very clean tracks.
    Stargate could very well mox their own songs but bigger name artists like
    Rhianna and others have record labels that allocate additional mix budgets
    for their A-List talent. it is a formality. Phil left 80% of what he was
    given alone because it DOESNT NEED processing. I have been in the industry
    for over 20 years, am Grammy nominated and know he reality of what alot of
    you are speculating about. I hope what I say makes sense and helps some of
    you. -Mr. Mig (Producer / Remixer).

  9. You advertise yourselves as the premier school for audio education but the
    recording of your video is distorting all over and poorly produced. Hire
    professionals to get the job done. Not impressed.

  10. You advertise yourselves as the premier school for audio education but the
    recording of your video is distorting all over and poorly produced. Hire
    professionals to get the job done. Not impressed.

  11. Thanks for the other (2.)Mic….
    they talk over mixing techniques …
    and can´t fix this fucking Problem over 25 minutes (sounds like a squirrel
    fuck a tree)!!!

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