Glenn Fricker is best known as the Sound Engineer and Youtube host of Spectre Sound Studios where he has been entertaining millions. He started his channel as a way to help bands avoid making costly mistakes in the studio… mistakes he has seen bands make over, and over, and over, all the while throwing countless thousands of dollars out the window. His videos are focused on getting the fundamentals and advanced techniques, all while having a ton of laughs along the way.
Over the years, He has worked with bands such as Wood of Ypres, and even got to mix a track for Queensryche. These days, he mostly focuses on helping the home recording musician get better results with their setup. Making videos based on the idea of what he would have liked to have seen when he was learning. He hopes you find what he has to offer helpful!
Mixing Metal in Reaper with Free Plugins is all about the basics. We stripped away all the fancy 3rd party plugins and wanted to prove, once and for all, that mixing is about making decisions and that when you make good, foundational mix decisions, that a great mix can be achieved with entirely free plugins.
No matter where you are in your mixing journey, you are going to learn the necessary skills and mixing habits that you can use to grow your skills as a mixer so that you can feel confident in your ability, regardless of what tools you have available to you.
Glenn walks you through an enormous session that’s nearly 9 minutes long, featuring:
This course is all about teaching the art of mixing and listening with plugins found right within Reaper or for free on the Internet.
It’s been said so many times before that it’s nearly a meme, but it’s still true: it’s your ear, not the gear, so jump on and start learning how to mix!
The song is over 8 minutes long with many moving parts and dynamic changes.
You’re also looking at an entire orchestral section on top of the guitars, bass, drums, and vocals.
Overall, the song in this training has:
Throughout the mix, you’ll be using several plugins bundled right into Reaper, as well as handful of completely free plugins you can grab.
Some of the plugins used are:
Specifically, learn how to:
Oh, and what about female vocals in metal? How do you get those to cut through without sounding weak?
Glenn takes you through all of that, showing how to:
At the end of the day a metal mix needs to sound expansive with a big, 3D sound space. This is what really sets professional mixers apart from those that are just starting.
As such, Glenn walks you through the process, teaching you:
Many training courses provide stems and other materials to help you practice but often don’t allow you to use them to begin building your portfolio.
This is not the case here!
All the multitracks are provided for you to follow in this lesson and, most importantly, you can post your mix on your resume, portfolio, or wherever you need to start showing others your skills.
No, you do not. As all the plugins are either freely available online or stock within Reaper, you can follow along using the stock plugins of the DAW you use while installing the free plugins shown in the course and follow along.
Yep! Have at it!
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.
Ideally you should be able to install VST plugins and know how to point them to your DAW of choice. Beyond that, this course is fit for mixers of all different experience levels as Glenn shares his knowledge about EQ, compression, automation, mix balance, and overall mixing. Suffice to say, if you’re starting out, you’ll be off on the right foot as you won’t have any bad habits to unlearn from!
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!