Mixing Your First Metal Song

Bypass years of frustration getting nowhere.


A Course By

Scott Elliott

Mixing Engineer

How to create a logical workflow that allows you mix music fast

Techniques for leveling and balancing instruments and how to practice this skill

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 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 better

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Mixing Your First Metal Song is a premiere set of metal mixing tutorials for beginner and intermediate mixers.

Insider, you’ll learn and practice the most critical metal mixing techniques, such as developing a workflow that is consistent.

You also are going to learn how to organize your tracks, implement a naming convention, and proper ways to clean up your session.

Metal mixing techniques such as dialing in a compressor correctly and following proper EQ methodologies are discussed and demonstrated.

And most importantly, you are going to learn how to work through a mix so you actually can finish it!

Mixing Your First Metal Song is a solid, concise resource that will help you start getting results TODAY.

Why a Metal Mixing Workflow Matters

While there may not be actual “muscle memory”, if you repeat a trained movement over and over, you will no longer have to commit “active” energy into that movement–it will become instant.

The same is true for mixing.

If your session is always set up the same way, with the same organization, with the same colors and naming structure, you’ll automatically set yourself up to be able to mix faster.

Mixing Your First Metal Song discusses good rules of thumb to follow for track organization, colors, clean-up, and how to create a logical workflow that facilitates lightning fast mixing.

If Your Mix Isn’t Balanced, It’s Not a Good Mix

Mix balance is one of the most important aspects of mixing, but often overlooked by beginners and experts alike.

Mix balance is simply the concept of where all instruments in a mix are in their “space” and can be clearly heard. But if you don’t know what this sounds like, it certainly doesn’t help to simply tell you to “balance your mix” first.

That is why Mixing Your First Metal Song discusses this concept in detail, to include:

Techniques for leveling volumes
Demonstrating how to balance levels between instruments
What instrument separation is and how to achieve it
Low End (Kick/bass)

Included is a dedicated mix balance exercise that will help you practice this crucial skill.

Gain Confidence In Your Mixing Skills Today

You’re not going to go at this alone. After you join, you can join our community and the private discord channels so that you can learn directly from Scott and other Spectre Digital members.

We all start somewhere, but now with Mixing Your First Metal Song, you know WHERE to start, and with this resource, you’ll gain the knowledge you most need in order to grow quickly.

From there, you can practice these skills instead of potentially wasting years of time and money constantly doom-scrolling through YouTube videos or buying metal mixing plugins you don’t even need.

Meet Your Instructor - Scott Elliot

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.

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 use 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.

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!

What if I get stuck or need help?

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.

Do you offer a bundle price for Mixing Your First Metal Song and Mixing Extreme Metal?

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.


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“I'm no beginner as a mixer but still compelled to check out this new course. One of the reasons is that I'm kinda new to this genre and wanted to educate myself a bit more, but the biggest one is that I'm genuinely interested in how Scott organizes materials and structures them in such an order to make them most comprehensible and digestible. I do own all of his courses and have never been disappointed from this aspect. I have watched a lot of online video mixing courses, and this is surely one of the BEST one available now. For each topic he addresses in the course, there is a reason why you want to do so, and also you can see why it's explained there. I cannot recommend this course highly enough. Thanks Scott for the great course!”
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“I watched Scotts new course during the night and I'm more than satisfied. It was exactly what I could hoped for. It was so easy to follow. It was not buried under too much details and I would say only then if it was crucial to mix but not in the bad way. This changed fundamentally how I approach and think about mixing. I've never seen course like this and I have watched many. Thanks Scott to bringing this knowledge to us!"

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