Mixing Symphonic Folk Metal
Meet Your Instructor - Glenn Fricker
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!
Learn how to navigate a dense mix and carve space for every instrument and vocal part
Creatively fix double bass drumming without destroying the human feel
Learn how “Top-Down Mastering” can help you make efficient mix decisions
Get access to the exclusive Spectre VIP group on Facebook where you can talk to instructors and other students alike.
About The Course
Curious how to handle a dense and dynamic folk metal song?
Perhaps you need a challenge and want to tackle a song with quad tracked guitars, operatic vocals, screaming vocals, real drums, and tons of keyboard parts?
Yeah, that’s what this course is all about!
Glenn takes you through his process of mixing this epic Protokult song Flight of The Winged Hussar, from reducing drum bleed, reamping guitars, to the importance of automation and volume control—all in the name of folk metal!
Have You Tried Top-Down Mastering?
Are you plugging away on a mix that sounds pretty good right up until you put a mastering chain on it and find out the drum transients have turned into a pile of mush?
Inside, Glenn walks you through his top-down mastering chain and explains the plugins and workflow he prefers to use, why he uses it, and why he’s been utilizing the technique of top-down mastering since 2007.
No more nasty surprises, find out how top-down mastering can be a beneficial technique when mixing.
Mixing Natural Drums That Pop
Drums are easy, right!? Just edit them up, slap the newest sample pack on them and good to go!
Well… that’s not really mixing drums, is it? Especially because it essentially removes one of the hardest aspects of mixing real drums: microphone bleed.
Inside you’ll see exactly how Glenn deals with drum bleed so that you have the maximum amount of flexibility for EQ and compression without that pesky drum bleed ruining your song.
Additionally, watch as Glenn shares numerous mixing tricks that ensures your drums will bang and pop—exactly how they should in a metal mix!
Massive Metal Guitars, Oh My
What is a metal song without massive guitars? Right, it’s not a metal song. To start, Glenn shows you the proper process for reamping quad tracked guitars, to include:
- Discussing the equipment needed
- How to test levels
- How to set the gain levels and amp settings to avoid farty low end so that you have a nice, balanced metal tone
- How to use multiple microphones to create a more unique guitar tone
- Using automation to get your guitars, bass, and leads to work together and sit correctly in the mix
Vocals That Punch Through a Mix
Drums, bass, and guitars are important, but if the vocals don’t pack a punch, you’ll lose a lot of energy and dynamics of the song.
Glenn shows you exactly how to approach vocal mixing for folk metal, explaining:
- How to dial in a classic two-stage compressor setting workflow that makes vocals sound huge and full-bodied
- Reverb and delay effects that give vocals the depth and dynamic impact to your song
- EQ moves that enhance the performance, clean it up, and help the vocals pop out in the mix
- How fader moves, automation, and small mixing decisions can go a long way
Mixing Keyboards & Folk Instruments
Synths, keyboards, and folk instruments can be hard to deal with when you have quad tracked guitars, huge drums, and tons of vocals, but not to worry because Glenn is going to show you the way.
- Why simple volume automation makes a difference
- How to take a mono keyboard track and make it sound stereo
- The best way to ensure keyboards and synths don’t cloud up your mix
Build Your Portfolio
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
In the course, Glenn mentions a Premium version of the course with included impulses, is there a premium version still available?
When this course originally launched years ago, it was split into different versions that had bonus material as well as an impulse download. However, all the information that was included into the premium version has been included in the “Bonus Material” section of the course. This means you get every bit of information ever offered from both the regular and premium versions; the only difference is the impulses are no longer able to be included.
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.
What DAW is used in this course?
Glenn used Reaper for this course, but any DAW will work just fine, and it’s not required that you use Reaper to follow along.
Are there any special plugins I need to follow this course?
No. However, Glenn uses Drumatom by Accusonus to help get more control of drum bleed in the microphones. While this is a great plugin, it’s not required to follow along with the course because all of the tracks that were run through Drumatom have been included into the course downloads for you to use.
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!
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