Mixing Your First Metal Song

Mixing Your First Metal Song provides guidance, demonstrations, and the most vital information you need so that you can build a solid foundation as a mixer, allowing you to bypass years of frustration getting nowhere.


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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 beginning to mix music?

I’m going to make somewhat of a bold claim… the biggest thing that holds you back from beginning to mix your own music is not gear, plugins, or the quality of the recording.

Its Your Mind.

For example…

How many times have you worried more about “not being good enough?”

How many times have you not felt confident because you don’t know how to start?

How often have you sat there twisting the knobs on a plugin or the volume fader not feeling confident in your decisions?

These experiences can effectively kill your desire to continue learning how to mix… or to even get started.

You see — I wager that if you had a resource that showed you a solid workflow, an “A to B” of sorts, that explained these concepts that allowed you to grow as a mixer, that you’d feel much more comfortable with your own decisions as a mixer.

In much of my experience working with clients and in 1-on-1 coaching calls, the hesitance to mix is rarely about the set of plugins or gear you have to work with… but almost always psychological. 

So… how can you fix this?

How can you focus on the mix, the workflow, and improving your skills instead of falling into the trap of psychological warfare on yourself?

Mixing Your First Metal Song can help you:

Start mixing right now

Understand the best ways to start and finish a mix

Create a workflow that helps you mix faster and easier

Better understand and achieve mix balance

Learn how to balance and level volumes

Make every track fit together and not override one another

Figure out what overall balance between bass and drums sound like

Create proper separation between instruments so that everything is perfectly heard

Why was Mixing Your First Metal Song created?

After helping hundreds of others learn how to mix music, I realized we all share a lot of the same frustrations and roadblocks in common.

Due to that, I wanted to create a solid, concise resource for mixers who were just getting started or didn’t have a ton of experience working on music.

Something solid that they could build upon in the future, that got new mixers started off on the right foot, while also providing value and immediate results.

I felt a resource that discussed the most critical mixing foundations was necessary: workflow, track organization, mixing workflow tips, how to dial in a compressor, how to EQ, how to work through a mix, and how to finish a mix to name a few.

Additionally, I wanted to create a resource that fit a common mixing situation: programmed drums and bass.

Too often online are mixing tips created out of context or are done with material with no clear way of how you can apply it to how music you're currently making.

It’s much more useful to show you how to get great results with the tools that you are using right now, hence Mixing Your First Metal Song was born. As such, this training series has been built for the home studio owner, musician, producer, or composer who is ready to take their first steps towards mixing their own music.

The information inside this training series has all the most important topics and guidance I wish I had when I first started doing this 20 years ago!

What are you going to learn?

You will learn:

How to create a logical workflow that allows you to build muscle memory and mix music fast

Good rules of thumb for track organization, colors, and clean-up

Gain Staging, and what it means in the digital era of DAWs

How to level and balance instruments, including a video about static mixing so that you can practice mix balance

Effective ways to mix programmed drums, including EQ, compression, transient design, and drum bus processing

A well-proven method of processing bass guitar so that you have a solid, controlled low end.

How to carve space for the low end so that you have a kick drum and bass guitar that work well together instead of against each other

How to shape quad-tracked rhythm guitars so that they sound brutal, allowing you to create your own, unique sound.

An easy way to avoid the harsh “ssshhh” sounds in amp simulators.

Ways to get your lead guitar tone to pop in the mix so it doesn’t interfere with vocals and your rhythm guitars or get lost in the mix.

A walkthrough of my entire, real mastering chain that I use for my own mixes and for clients.

How to use effects like reverb and delay, including a little reverb secret that produces massive results.

How to even out vocals so that your compressor works more evenly, so that your vocals never disappear in the mix.

Ways to finalize a mix to craft a great listening experience and push your mix that extra 10%.

What do you get with Mixing Your First Metal Song?

  • Over 5 hours of concentrated, concise training that guides you through the entire mix process.

  • Multitracks of the song mixed in the training that you can use in your own portfolio and practice mixing on your own.

  • My actual mix session in Reaper 6 that you can open and study.


  • Mix sessions set up and ready to go for Reaper 6, Cubase Pro 11, Studio One 5 Pro, Cakewalk by Bandlab, and Logic—load up the empty session and get started mixing!

  • An exclusive Discord community reserved only for those that purchased the training.

  • A separate, dedicated video discussing the controls of a compressor, what they do, and how to dial in compressor settings.

  • A video about gain staging and how to approach it in the digital era.

  • A PDF discussing plugins and how to know when you should or shouldn’t invest in a plugin.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Mixing Your First Metal Song and Mixing Extreme Metal?

Mixing Extreme Metal is an in-depth training series that builds upon the foundation of Mixing Your First Metal Song. The song mixed in Mixing Extreme Metal is much more complex, requiring more work and time that could be a bit overwhelming for somebody just getting started with mixing. Mixing Your First Metal Song is a great way to start growing your skills whereas Mixing Extreme Metal is a great way to hone your skills even further.

Which DAW is used in this training series?

I’m working with Cockos Reaper 6 with this series, but you can follow along in any DAW as the explanations I provide are universal to mixing and are not DAW specific

Do I need to have the same plugins that you have?

Absolutely not. There is a PDF included with the plugins I used and my explanation of why I use them, but it’s not critical that you use the exact same plugins as when I’m mixing, I explain what I’m doing and why, which can be applied to whichever plugin you decide to use.

How can I ask questions or get help with course material?

Inside is an invitation link to my exclusive Discord where you can join and ask for help from myself. Additionally, there are hundreds of members inside who are happy to help as well.

Can I post my own mix of "The Rotting Sun" on my YouTube or in my portfolio?

Absolutely! There is a small note I ask you to post along with the mix, but there are no restrictions on posting your own mix results anywhere you like, be it your YouTube channel or in your portfolio. Go for it!

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.

Do you offer any bundles for your courses?

Yes. You can buy the course as part of a complete bundle here. Or as part of a smaller mixing bundle here.


Mixing Your First Metal Song