Mixing Extreme Metal
Go step-by-step with me and see what it really takes to get a dense song full of blast beats, double bass, bass guitar, multiple different types of guitar parts, tons of vocal tracks, nearly 20 orchestral tracks, and sound effects working together to create a huge, atmospheric metal mix.
Meet Your Instructor - Scott Elliott
I’m Scott from Chernobyl Studios, and I’m just like you: a home studio musician and mixing engineer. From the beginning of my journey, all I ever wanted was to have a big, massive, metal guitar tones and mixes that I could be proud of.
In 2013, I started to study mixing and tone crafting more seriously so I could bring this desire to life. What I didn’t know was that I was venturing into a world of conflicting information and secrecy. Maybe it sounds a bit dramatic, but how many times have you seen a video on YouTube that claimed you could “sound like the pros in minutes,” just to find out they have thousands of dollars in gear and plugins and really didn’t explain anything anyway? These videos never helped me get a better idea of how to create my guitar tones or better mixes.
I wasted money on plugins I didn’t need, followed advice that wasn’t helpful, and made every mistake you can think of multiple times over. 6 years of frustration later and I now know what it takes to create great amazing guitar tones and mixes.
My goal is to sift through the noise, filter out the nonsense, and create content that helps you avoid the years of struggle and frustration that I had to endure.
Create a session that is properly set up, color coded, and has a logical naming structure that you can adopt as your own.
Line up and organize your tracks in folders, groups, and how to use FX tracks correctly.
Properly prepare drum tracks for editing by ensuring good phase relationships and consolidating down extra tracks you don’t need.
Edit drums with the slip-editing technique and how to fix artifacts.
Strip-silence and consolidate drums to make them easier to work with.
Effectively deal with cymbal and hi-hat bleed in the close microphones so you can crank the processing moves on the drums.
Craft a mean, grindy bass sound with thick low-end that makes the mix sound huge—this is the real secret to big metal mixes.
Create aggressive, big-sounding metal vocals that are in your face.
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About The Course
What You Get:
Over 10 hours of detailed instruction from beginning to end, going from creating the drum editing session to learning how to prepare tracks for mastering—no stone unturned, no detail glossed over.
Every single Cubase pre-production session, the actual mix session, the bounced files from the mix session, the raw tracks, the original orchestral MIDI file and the kick MIDI which has the tempo and markers embedded, the guitar tone presets, all the raw, original, unedited drums and choral tracks—everything.
You even get my Cubase key commands and program preferences that you can load into your own copy of Cubase—you get absolutely everything!
Access to a curated, private Discord community reserved only for those inside the course, ensuring a positive atmosphere where there are no stupid questions, and everybody can help.
A PDF of the full list of plugins used and where to find them if students want them.
A PDF of the musicians that helped write and record the song and their contact information, if you’d like to reach out to them.
A mixing cheat sheet that details the steps I always take that you can reference when you are working on the course and future mixes.
What really holds you back from a great metal mix?
Mixing metal is hard.
Mixing a dense, extreme metal mix is even harder.
You may have seen many YouTube videos of people showing bits and pieces of how they used a plugin or a technique here or there, but so what? What does that mean in the overall mix process?
These videos are always out of context somehow, not showing the full picture.
So many things to consider...
How did they know to do that technique at that spot?
How did they even get to that point in the mix?
Why did they do what they did there?
What were they trying to achieve in the overall aspect of the mix?What about all the other myriad of decisions and details that went into the mix before they showed you that YouTube video?
Your questions, answered
So many questions—so few answers.
In short, there’s only so much basic mix balance, fader moves, and random production techniques on YouTube can do to help you learn how to mix metal. The root of so many struggles come to down to one thing: not having a plan or understanding of how to set up for a great mix from the beginning.
And this has nothing to do with you, because really, up until now, there was no cohesive guide from start to finish that showed all these details. But that is where Mixing Extreme Metal comes in.
Frequently Asked Questions
What DAW is used in the course?
Cubase Pro is used in the course, however the mixing and editing techniques explained can be used in any major DAW that has the same functionality.
Do I need the same plugins that are used in the course?
No—a great mix can be achieved with any number of different plugin combinations, to include stock plugins that come with your DAW. The most important aspect of this training is to take away the mixing process itself, learning how and why certain mixing moves are made so that you can apply the techniques and change them as necessary with your own mixes.
What if I don’t have some of the plugins or instruments used in the training?
Not to worry—all session files are included for you, to include bounced tracks of the orchestra in the situation where you aren’t able to replicate the same sounds. Additionally, all MIDI files are made available to you so that you can experiment with different sounds if you would like to do so.
What if I get stuck or need help?
When you buy the course, you are invited to join a private Facebook and Discord group where you can join hundreds of other course owners and all our instructors to ask any questions you might have and find help. You can even show any progress you are making and ask for feedback!
How is the course delivered?
Once you have bought the course, you can stream it all right from our website on our custom platform that lets you keep track of your progress. But if you rather download the videos for viewing later, you can do that too.