Metal Mixing & Production

Learn the way of the Twelve Foot Ninja from the innovative band’s guitarist/producer Stevic MacKay. In this interview, Stevic discusses how he systematically crosses genre lines and shares his 12 must-have tactics for staying productive in the studio.

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Grammy-nominated producer/engineer Kevin Churko (Disturbed, Five Finger Death Punch, Ozzy Osborne) discusses working with some of metal’s biggest bands and shares personal insights on mixing everything from death-defying guitars, powerful drums and screaming vocals to the delicate ‘Sound of Silence.’

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Producer & recording/mixing engineer Joe Barresi (QOTSA, Tool, Soundgarden) takes the lead and gets you into the rhythm of mixing wide, upfront, crunchy guitars.

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Producer & recording/mixing engineer Joe Barresi (QOTSA, Tool, Soundgarden) gets down and dirty with that low end when mixing four different bass guitar tracks (DI and amps) to one big fat bass tone.

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Producer & recording/mixing engineer Joe Barresi (QOTSA, Tool, Soundgarden) shows how he uses GTR guitar pedals for mixing drums. Get some valuable tips and learn techniques that will help you make your drums shine and sound unique.

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Producer & recording/mixing engineer Joe Barresi (QOTSA, Tool, Soundgarden) shows how he uses the H-Reverb plugin to change his snare drum sound in a super-versatile way – using only one simple button.

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Producer & recording/mixing engineer Joe Barresi (QOTSA, Tool, Soundgarden) demonstrates how he crafts an explosive drum room sound using the HLS Channel and the PIE Compressor plugins. Blended just right, this sound can greatly enhance your mix.

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Producer & recording/mixing engineer Joe Barresi (QOTSA, Tool, Soundgarden) breaks down his approach to mixing drums and the benefit of looking at the different parts of a drum kit as a single, unified instrument. Phase, panning, level and parallel compression are all part of his holistic approach.

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In a loud mix, vocals can get buried, making lyrics hard to make out. Mixer Jordan Valeriote (Silverstein) of Hardcore Music Studio shows his go-to method of enhancing aggressive screamed metal vocal with his favorite chain of plugins.

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Learn top 5 production techniques for in-your-face metal from producer/engineer Sterling Winfield (Pantera, Hellyeah), including a free download of Sterling’s personal plugin presets for powerful drums, vocals and guitars.

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