How to mix orchestration in metal

Just say no to aggressive HPF! Orchestral parts can add a lot of dynamics, character and interest to metal songs, but because most of us are unfamiliar with how to approach them, they often end up treated as an afterthought in the mixing process (and, let’s be honest, sounding like poo-poo). But we hope to change that in this Fast …

Mixing At The Gates drums!

Soothe your overheads In this clip from Nail The Mix, Russ Russell mixes the drums for “The Chasm” by At The Gates, focusing on the overheads. As he talks about, it’s all about making smart, strategic moves with EQ rather than simply high passing them and potentially losing much of the drums’ sonic character. He uses FabFilter Pro Q 3, …

Killing your guitars with too much EQ?

The cause of death? Excessive EQ For many mixers, the main approach to mixing metal guitars is to make aggressive EQ cuts, and while that can work, you may also be losing some of the nuances that give the tracks character. In this tutorial, Russ Russell shows his approach to mixing metal guitars with some very subtle but effective EQ …

What metal drummers get wrong…

Is your snare too high? One thing metal drummers almost always get wrong in the studio? The snare drum! The source of the confusion is simple and understandable: they want a tight, punchy sound that cuts through the mix. But the key to achieving that sound in a mix is NOT a small, tightly-tuned snare… it’s actually not what you …