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Mixing Heavy Rock / Metal

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    3:13

    In this tutorial, Kenny goes over what to expect in the following tutorials. Kenny also imports the files into a new session.

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    Tutorial 2

    Track Re-Naming

    6:25

    Watch as Kenny discusses the benefits of re-naming all the files and tracks to make it easier and quicker to navigate around the session.

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    Tutorial 3

    Rough Mix

    16:30

    Next, Kenny color codes the tracks, re-orders them to streamline the session and we create a quick rough mix.

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    Tutorial 4

    Markers & Tempo

    6:50

    Kenny sets up markers for all the song parts and sets up a session tempo to keep the session in line and allow delay plug-ins to line up perfectly.

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    Tutorial 5

    Re-Ordering & Colors

    9:32

    In this video, Kenny tweaks the colors and the track order and re-visits the track names to speed up work flow and improve efficiency.

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    Tutorial 6

    Track Clean-Up

    5:34

    Next, Kenny cleans up the audio files to remove silence for greater visibility of the song and part arrangement as only the clips playing audio will actually be seen.

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    Tutorial 7

    Sub-Mixes

    5:21

    In this tutorial Kenny creates Sub-mixes or VCAs to control tracks as a group to keep an otherwise large and hard to navigate track under control.

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    Tutorial 8

    Clip Gain

    3:06

    Kenny utilizes Clip Gain to get all the audio clips at a good starting level and at a good visibility waveform default.

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    Tutorial 9

    Master Buss FX

    10:29

    In this video, Kenny sets up Master Buss FX utilizing dynamic plug-ins at the beginning of the mix so that we can mix into the FX rather than putting them on at the end at risk losing our mix.

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    Tutorial 10

    Basic Vocal Sound

    20:36

    Next, Kenny combines the vocal tracks together and gets a good basic lead vocal sound to build the mix around.

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    Tutorial 11

    Basic Drum Sound

    13:07

    Kenny creates a basic drum mix that works with the vocal and will allow further tweaking of each drum track with the whole kit.

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    Tutorial 12

    Drum Overheads

    8:43

    Now we dig into the Overheads. First to create the spatial sense and overall brightness of the drums. EQ and Compression are used.

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    Tutorial 13

    Drum Room Mics

    8:30

    Next Kenny adds in the Room mics to create distance and ambiance to the kit. Kenny also introduces the use of the Sonnex Trans Mod to reduce transients.

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    Tutorial 14

    Kick Drum

    15:46

    In this tutorial Kenny pulls up the close mics starting with the Kick mics and mixes them with the ambient mics. Kenny also introduces adding samples to enhance the Kick sound.

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    Tutorial 15

    Snare Drum

    11:09

    In this video, Kenny focuses on the Snare mics and adds compression, EQ and add in the Sonnex Trans Mod to enhance the transients to create more snap or thwack. Kenny also adds samples to round out the snare.

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    Tutorial 16

    Drum Reverb

    4:18

    To increase the size of the kit, Kenny next adds some IR or Impulse Response reverb using samples taken from other great drum rooms.

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    Tutorial 17

    The Toms

    7:46

    In this tutorial, Kenny adds in the Toms and decides to cut the tracks in all the moments that are not actually being played.

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    Tutorial 18

    Drum Buss EQ and Parallel Compression

    7:36

    Next, Kenny busses the drum tracks together and adds some buss EQ & compression and also adds parallel compression to really enhance the ambiance of the kit.

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    Tutorial 19

    The Bass Sound

    10:40

    Kenny moves on to the Bass tracks and mult the outputs to create a simulated amp track along with a distorted bass track to mix in with the Bass DI and fatten up the overall sound.

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    Tutorial 20

    Bass Synths

    6:31

    In this video, Kenny adds the Bass Synths that add some sub low end to really bring the track down as deep as possible.

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    Tutorial 21

    Keyboards

    16:56

    Next, Kenny introduces the Piano, Keys & Synths to add ethereal and space to the song. EQ and Compression is used.

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    Tutorial 22

    Guitars

    19:10

    In this tutorial, Kenny sets up the guitar tracks to make the song growl and be aggressive as we make them as loud as possible without making the track weak.

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    Tutorial 23

    Lead Vocals

    14:41

    Kenny pulls up the Lead Vocal again and finalizes the vocal sound to work with all of the other tracks already worked on. Compression and EQ is utilized along with reverb, delay and filtered delay.

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    Tutorial 24

    Bk Vox

    7:53

    In this tutorial, Kenny blends in the vocal harmonies to thicken up the vocal sound and utilizes a Bk Vox buss and adding Compression and EQ.

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    Tutorial 25

    De-Essing

    7:03

    As we get the vocals up, we start to notice that the downside of bright vocals and using EQ is that it enhances the Esses as well. In this video, we manually reduce the Esses using Clip Gain and balancing out the top end of the vocals.

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    Tutorial 26

    Screamo Vocals

    9:28

    Kenny brings up the Screamo vocals to match the female vocals and provide dynamics from section to section.

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    Tutorial 27

    Automation

    9:24

    One of the most important parts of the mix is using automation to finesse and create interesting moments from section to section. A static mix can be boring and using automation creates many unique moments that feature or hide certain elements to create aural illusions.

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    Tutorial 28

    Final Mix

    5:07

    Finally, the mix is finished and Kenny bounces it down to 2 tracks to share with the band and the fans and show a track by track visual of what each track is doing.

Multi-Platinum Engineer and Producer Kenny Gioia returns with an all-new mixing series, this time dedicated to mixing Heavy Rock / Metal! Step right up and see how Kenny sculpts an epic song by Days of Samara into a radio ready hit, explaining everything in detail as he goes.

Kenny starts by welcoming you and discusses what you'll learn in the series. He then shows how to import the previously recorded audio tracks into the DAW, rename them and set up markers for all the different parts of the song, creating a navigation map. He also gives you tons of helpful track management tips and tricks along the way.

Then Kenny explains how to clean up the audio tracks for better sound, and ease of part recognition. Sub-Mixing is looked at, as well as initial master buss effects setup. Getting the basic vocal and drum sounds are shown, and then detailed tutorials on the different drum elements and effects are given.

Moving on, Kenny pulls up the bass guitar and bass synth tracks and demonstrates how to make them deep and powerful in the mix. The guitars are next, and this thorough tutorial shows you how to dial them in just right for that big, epic sound. Vocals and all that comes with fitting them in the mix is then revealed, including making the Screaming vocal parts huge and thunderous.

Wrapping it all up, Kenny gives you a great video on using automation to finesse and create interesting moments from section to section, and then one on bouncing down the final mix to a stereo file and more. If you're a producer, engineer or mixer, this series is a must have. Learn to make your Heavy Rock / Metal tracks scream... Watch "Mixing Heavy Rock / Metal" now.

PhilStuttard
Submitted 4 months ago

Excellent Tutorial

Kenny is a fantastic tutor and the class is definitely worth watching

I am a: Producer, Professional, Audio Engineer

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danmenez
Submitted 4 months ago

High level of awesomeness lessons

I just bought it few days ago, and it was so enlightening!!! I couldn't find lessons like that anywhere else. You guys rock!!!

I am a: Producer, Musician, Hobbyist

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MaestroCDtown
Submitted 5 months ago

Insightful

Well worth the time - Final mix is t!tt!es. If you mix rock, this is what you want to see.

I am a: Producer, Professional, Audio Engineer, Musician, Sound Designer, Beat Maker

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williamssoundstudio
Submitted 9 months ago

Well Structured Mixing from Kenny

Regardless of the genre you are mixing, this video series provides really great insights into Kenny's mixing style. Kenny provides his mixing method for this song which is logical, structured and easy to follow. Kenny repeats the application of compression, EQ reverb, de-essing and automation in a way that make it difficult not to follow. Apply this method to your first mix and you will be so much closer to a professional sounding mix. Thank Kenny!

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician

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Catfish
Submitted 10 months ago

Excellent!

Great information, excellent presentation, real world applications, highly recommended.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Audio Engineer

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eddy
Submitted 1 year ago

Fantastic intro to mixing

First easy to follow and well organised tutorial I've found on this subject. Love Kenny's simple and practical approach to organisation of tracks and working quickly to get a good feel. Until seeing this video I frankly didn't have a clue. I'm hoping Kenny can put out a more advanced video for one thing covering the subject of making the different instruments sound more discrete and distinct. I think Kenny can take this subject far further given more video time. Look forward to seeing more from him presented in his refreshingly easy to follow manner. Thank you Kenny !

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I've played an instrument since I was 10. Drums and Trumpet. I'm 40 now. I can play a little bit of any instrument. Master of none. Rock bands most of my life.

2. What training have you had?

I was taught trumpet classically from grade school up until I graduated high school. I went to Five Towns College for engineering and learned that you can't just learn this stuff from school. I did graduate though.

3. When did you get into recording?

I've been recording since I was 15. Two cassette players wired to a Radio Shack mixer. Eventually I got an 8 track reel to reel by Fostex. I've used just about every DAW and I started using them before they even recorded audio. Vision and Performer were just MIDI sequencers at the time. Before they became Studio Vision and Digital Performer. I got studio jobs because I knew computer MIDI and most studios didn't. I eventually moved up to Sound Tools which was two track. Then Pro Tools made a Audio Media III card which let you have 4 inputs. Gradually I moved up from there with Pro Tools D24, Pro Tools Mix to HD.

4. People you have worked with/for?

Marcy Playground
Mandy Moore
LFO
Willa Ford
Lee Ann Womack
Paulina Rubio
Hall & Oates
Bayside
Head Automatica
Cute is What We Aim For
FTSK
and many more...

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Hmmm. My Mom always said "Self Praise Stinks". I think it's because I have no ability to talk like a professional announcer, or plan out my teachings. So I teach as if you were sitting next to me. Pretty much off the cuff. I think that engages people more. We're so used to hearing everything done so properly and planned out with unnecessary explanations and proper wording that the brain will actually ignore most of it. Your brain tunes it out like you're back at your desk at school. But if the teacher grabbed you aside and just explained it to you, I believe you'd get more out of it. That is what I try to do.

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Mixing Heavy Rock / Metal is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 6.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent Tutorial Kenny is a fantastic tutor and the class is definitely worth watching
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from High level of awesomeness lessons I just bought it few days ago, and it was so enlightening!!! I couldn't find lessons like that anywhere else. You guys rock!!!
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Insightful Well worth the time - Final mix is t!tt!es. If you mix rock, this is what you want to see.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Well Structured Mixing from Kenny Regardless of the genre you are mixing, this video series provides really great insights into Kenny's mixing style. Kenny provides his mixing method for this song which is logical, structured and easy to follow. Kenny repeats the application of compression, EQ reverb, de-essing and automation in a way that make it difficult not to follow. Apply this method to your first mix and you will be so much closer to a professional sounding mix. Thank Kenny!
Date published: 2016-06-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent! Great information, excellent presentation, real world applications, highly recommended.
Date published: 2016-06-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Fantastic intro to mixing First easy to follow and well organised tutorial I've found on this subject. Love Kenny's simple and practical approach to organisation of tracks and working quickly to get a good feel. Until seeing this video I frankly didn't have a clue. I'm hoping Kenny can put out a more advanced video for one thing covering the subject of making the different instruments sound more discrete and distinct. I think Kenny can take this subject far further given more video time. Look forward to seeing more from him presented in his refreshingly easy to follow manner. Thank you Kenny !
Date published: 2016-03-09