Category Archives for Tips & Tricks

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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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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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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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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Fix Muddy Metal Guitars with the Andy Sneap C4 Setting

This is a classic metal mixing trick for guitars! Learn how to control the low-end of heavy guitars during palm mutes and chugging… WITHOUT making the rest of your tone thin. This is accomplished using a multiband compressor that only effects the low mids… leaving the rest of your guitar tone intact.

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How to copy your mix settings using Import Session Data in Pro Tools

A simple but important question: How do you work across multiple songs for the same album? I recommend AGAINST the advice to keep everything in one single session… and it doesn’t have to be a pain to work this way. Here’s how to copy your mix settings from one song to another easily using Import […]

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Using Vocal Delay Instead of Reverb – Tricks & Techniques

Confession: I almost never use reverb on vocals. Actually, on most tracks in the mix, I prefer to use delay for ambience instead of reverb. Here are some of my go-to delay techniques for vocals in the mix.    

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