Mixing Melodic Death Metal

Song: Structure of Deceit – Black Sun Empire

Navigation:
00:00 introduction
01:15 “before” mix

Rough mix
02:12 drums
03:10 bass
05:30 guitars
06:45 synths
07:45 vocals

Main mix
09:20 drums
09:55 kick
10:40 bass guitar clank fix
11:35 snare
12:20 overheads
13:20 drum rooms
14:45 bass
17:25 guitars
19:05 listening and fixing stuff
22:20 synths
25:50 vocals
28:40 listening and fixing stuff
29:30 automation and fixing stuff
38:20 fine tuning the drums
38:50 toms

41:25 “after” mix
42:15 processing “on” and “off” comparison
46:10 final mix from the first try (off video)

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This is by far my most watched tutorial video on my YouTube channel to date (2014).

Song: Sinking Charlie – Tongues

Remember that mixing is 90% about listening and 10% about processing. First plugin inserted to the session around 15 minute mark. Also do notice that I do a lot of the mix decisions when everything is playing.

Quick navigation on what happens where:
00:00 – Intro
00:50 – Part 1: Transferring, documenting and archiving sessions
03:05 – Part 2: Organizing your session for faster navigation
04:40 – “Everything at unity” -“mix”
05:15 – Routing everything to sub buses
05:55 – Zeroing the mix
06:20 – Part 3: Get the basic balance with just faders and panning
10:50 – “Faders open” -mix
11:10 – First decisions on what to do to the mix
15:00 – Part 4: Processing screaming vocals
19:35 – Part 5: Bass
23:25 – Part 6: Drums
29:25 – Part 7: Guitars
31:00 – Troubleshooting: Cleaning the drum low end
32:55 – Part 8: Clean vocals
35:00 – Part 9: Tamborine and synths
37:00 – Troubleshooting: Switching low end focus because of the tempo
39:30 – Cleaning up tom tracks
41:25 – Synths re-visited
42:25 – Part 10: Effects
48:30 – “After” mix
49:45 – Final rough mix touches:
53:15 – “Final” static mix
56:55 – Checking how loud the mix is
57:35 – Afterwords

Plugins used:
Waves CLA-76
Waves CLA-2A
Waves CLA-3A
Waves Doubler 2
Waves H-Delay
Waves Kramer Tape
Waves L1
Waves L2
Waves VEQ4
Waves PAZ Analyzer
Waves Raxx
Waves RComp
Waves RVox
Pro Tools 1 band EQ
Pro Tools Lo-Fi
Pro Tools D-Verb
TT Dynamic Range Meter

Studio recording clip here

FAQ: No, you can’t get the raws, and yes, the band split up, so you most likely won’t hear the finished mix anywhere either.

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