How to Clean Up Metal Guitars

No matter how good your guitar tone is, there will be problem areas. The low end rumble that fights with the bass and eats up valuable space in the mix… Or the high end harshness that masks over cymbals and vocal “air.” After dealing with literally hundreds (or maybe thousands) of heavy guitar tracks over […]

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Top 10 Plugins for Metal Engineers

Wondering what plugins you should have in your arsenal for recording & mixing heavy music? Here’s my top 10 list of plugins for metal/rock engineers. I’ve been using some of these plugins for 10+ years, and others are relatively new. This selection of EQ, compression and saturation will give you the control and the edge […]

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Metal Mixing Tip: Stop Being a Wuss!

This is possibly one of the most game-changing metal mixing tips I could give you: Stop being a wuss! Much of the advice out there is telling you to hold back, and to be conservative with your EQ and compression. When it comes to heavy music – rock, hardcore and metal – this advice will […]

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Inside the Mix – INTERVALS – Mixing Rhythm & Lead Guitars for Metal

By popular demand! This installment of Inside the Mix dives into my session for Intervals – “Mata Hari.” This is an instrumental guitar-driven record, so we’ll look at: -How to smooth out & tighten up the rhythm guitars with minimal processing -How to get the lead to cut through the mix and stay upfront -My […]

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My 4 Most Embarrassing Studio Mistakes!

Mistakes are bound to happen when you’re in the studio all day, every day for years. Here are some of the worst, most embarrassing mistakes I’ve made in the studio during my engineering/producing career. If I can make a living from making records despite mistakes like this, so can you! 🙂

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Inside the Mix: Forevermore – “Wormtongue”

Here’s a look inside my mix for the Forevermore ‘Telos’ record. See how I manage low-tuned bass, smooth out an over-aggressive guitar tone, and give clean guitars and pianos their own space in such a heavy mix. I love getting to hear pro records broken down in solo and see how it all comes together […]

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Studio Tour 2018: My Home Mixing Setup

UPDATED home studio tour! See what gear I’m using now, what gear is sentenced to the closet, and how I treated my home mixing room. Gear list: iMac 27″ / 3.4GHz i5 / 16gb RAM Pro Tools 12 (native) Apogee Duet Yamaha NS-10 monitors Audio Technica ATH-M50 headphones Yamaha P2500s power amp EL Distressor Presonus […]

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How to EQ Metal Toms to Sound 10x Better in the Mix

Are you struggling to get a fat, punchy tom sound that cuts through a heavy rock or metal mix? You don’t need to spend an hour triggering or pasting in tom samples. It’s actually pretty easy to get a great tom sound even when the toms sound flat, muddy or boxy to begin with. Here […]

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Stop ruining your mixes! 😫

I just had a revealing conversation with a member of a band called The Afterimage. (I produced a bunch of their stuff years ago, and their latest single was recorded by a Hardcore Mixing member and mixed by me) He’s in the process of getting test mixes for a new side project, and he sent […]

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Tips for Editing Metal Vocals (Singing and Screaming)

Need some help editing your vocal tracks? I’ve spent hundreds (maybe thousands?) of hours working with all different sorts of vocals… and I’ve tried almost every approach and workflow to get vocals that are in time and in tune without sounding fake or T-Pain’d. After all of this trial and error, I’ve boiled it down […]

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