Mixing Your First Metal Song
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.
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
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About The Course
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 really holds you back from beginning to mix music?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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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