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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.
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.
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?
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.
What are you going to learn?
Mixing Extreme Metal is a full training course that goes through the entire process of producing and mixing a song.
You’ll do pre-production, drum editing, replacement, vocal tuning, as well as gain important tips and knowledges as to what to look for when doing pre-production to ensure you diagnose and deal with any problems before you even start working on the mix.
You will learn:
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
“This is the best course to cover [all the] information you need from basics to advanced stuff! Not only will you learn mixing and mastering side of things but also editing different tracks, this is pretty rare. (Normally you get pre-produced tracks which are perfectly cut and time-aligned.
If you are looking for a informative and detailed course with lots of heart and dedication, then this course is for you!”
“This course is for beginners and more advanced level of mixing engineers. It's so informative that you probably need to watch it more than once. Scott explains how to mix and tell why he make those decisions. You can follow him how he mix extreme metal song and you can learn mix that same song. Course include all that raw audio materials.
This is pro level mixing and that knowledge of this course can offer comes years of experience. It's very honest and dedicated course. I can't imagine better one. In the beginning you may feel a bit stressed but it's a part of learning process and the reward is much greater!”
“A wonderful and comprehensive course. At the end, you’ll be able to mix a song from scratch knowing what to do and why you’re doing it. Hours definitely well spent.”
Mixing Extreme Metal