Total Heavy Guitar

Everything you need to know about recording Metal guitar

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!

Master the art of recording real amp

Learn to work with different microphones for different sounds

Learn to move microphones and how to master placement

Work with amps at different volume levels

Apply mixing techniques to make your guitars sound huge!

Get access to the exclusive Spectre VIP group on Facebook where you can talk to instructors and other students alike.

About The Course

Total Heavy Guitar is the ultimate Metal guitar record course. Glenn takes you through all aspects of recording guitar, everything from picking the right mics to dialing in your amp.

This course is the culmination of decades in trail and error, figuring out what works and what doesn’t work and distilling it into one course so you don’t have to.

In this course you will learn some of the following and much more:

  • Selecting Mics and Positioning
  • Dialing in your amp
  • How and when to use effects pedals
  • The Fredman Technique
  • Guitar Recordings Techniques
  • And Much More
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The perfect mic for YOUR guitar tone

If you check audio production forums, you’ll find a bunch of different opinions on which mics to use to get the best guitar tones. So what is it?

Should you use a 57? Maybe a 421, or a Royer? And if so, what’s the best way to place your mic?

The answer is: It all depends on the sound your after!

I’ll show you a simple step-by-step process to shoot out the mics you already own and find the perfect fit, which compliments your unique tone and playstyle.

Capture The Biggest Guitar Sounds Humanly Possible

When it comes to recording heavy guitar, microphone placement matters: A LOT! Even moving the mic a few millimeters can change your sound drastically!

Learn how various mic positions impact your tone, understand when to record on- and off-axis, use the Fredman technique, and discover how to multi-mic your cab to create a massive mix.

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Recording Discipline: 6 Secrets To Pro Guitar Recordings

Playing live and recording are two completely different beasts.

In this module, I’ll teach you six ways to tweak your guitar, to achieve pro-level recordings – without having to spend a dime.

All About Amps & Cabs

Dialing in a great amp tone is an art in itself. In this module, you’ll discover the difference between 4 popular amps and understand how to dial in your gain and EQ section for maximum impact, while maintaining clarity and definition.

But we don’t stop there: I’ll also show you how to blend multiple amps and cabinets, to create a unique tone and build a massive wall of sound!

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Crushing Leadtones That Blend Perfectly With Your Rhythms

Creating a lead sound which stands out from the rhythms, while still blending well with the mix can present a challenge. There are multiple ways to achieve this, from switching amps, pickups, mics, adding effects and lot more.

Learn how to use ALL of these techniques, so you can come up with your own unique lead tone that has people begging for more.

Master Effect Pedals

If you’re a guitar nerd like me, you’ve probably spent days and weeks refining your sound with effect pedals. But the question is: Where in your chain does each pedal sound best? Should you put it before the amp, or in the effects loop?

We’ll go over 5 popular effects (chorus, delay, overdrive etc.) and show you exacly where to place them to optimize your tone.

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Take Your Tracks Into Pro Territory: Mixing & Editing

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.

Kiss Sub-par Guitar Recordings Goodbye

We’ve all been there: we’ve spent hours dialing in the perfect tone and recording a stellar performance. But when it comes to mixing, we notice we’re f*****

Maybe the mic dropped out, or the gain wasn’t set correctly – either way our recordings are completely unusable!

That’s where reamping can save your ass: Learn how to reamp any guitar track and dial in the perfect tone in post, so you end up with pro-grade guitar sounds no matter what happened during the session.

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Stop With The Noise!

Do you have a cranky neighbour threatening to call the cops if you don’t ‘stop the noise’? Or simply a significant other who you don’t want to disturb during her beauty sleep?

Well…you don’t have to let that stop you from making amazing records!

In the ‘Silent Recording’ module, I’ll show you two ways to achieve killer guitar recordings without risking jail time.

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

Do I need to use Reaper to get the most out of this course?

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.

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.

How much experience do I need to take this course?

Ideally you should know your way around a DAW and the guitar. In the course you will learn everything there is to know about how to best record guitar. But you need to have some level of mastery of the guitar in order to do that.

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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