Category Archives for Mixing

Mixing Metal Vocals: How to Make Screamed Vocals More Aggressive

Here’s a video I made for Waves Audio showing my ultimate metal vocal chain using Waves plugins. This is how I mix aggressive screamed vocals to have that intense, upfront & in-your-face sound. Click here to grab these plugins for 10% off.

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How To Get Slamming Metal Drums

You might have already learned about using parallel compression to get heavier drums… But there are some special nuances for metal drums that I want to show you in this video. I’ll show you how to send the right mix to the compressor, find the sweet spot for gain reduction, add saturation to thicken the […]

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4 Secret Weapons for Mixing Metal in Pro Tools (with FREE plugins)

You don’t need a ton of expensive plugins to crank out big, heavy mixes. Check out these 4 stock plugins, included free with Pro Tools, that I use in almost every metal mix. You’ll see how to easily and accurately gate drums; sit your vocals perfectly in the mix with delay; achieve explosive reverb effects; […]

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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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