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Mixing Heavy Rock / Metal

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    Introduction (3:13)


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    Track Re-Naming (6:25)


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    Rough Mix (16:30)


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    Markers & Tempo (6:50)


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    Re-Ordering & Colors (9:32)


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    Track Clean-Up (5:34)


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    Sub-Mixes (5:21)


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    Clip Gain (3:06)


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    Master Buss FX (10:29)


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    Basic Vocal Sound (20:36)


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    Basic Drum Sound (13:07)


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    Drum Overheads (8:43)


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    Drum Room Mics (8:30)


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    Kick Drum (15:46)


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    Snare Drum (11:09)


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    Drum Reverb (4:18)


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    The Toms (7:46)


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    Drum Buss EQ and Parallel Compression (7:36)


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    The Bass Sound (10:40)


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    Bass Synths (6:31)


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    Keyboards (16:56)


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    Guitars (19:10)


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    Lead Vocals (14:41)


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    Bk Vox (7:53)


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    De-Essing (7:03)


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    Screamo Vocals (9:28)


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    Automation (9:24)


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    Final Mix (5:07)


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.


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InTheEmbers
Submitted 1 month ago

Exceptional instruction from a top notch talent in the industry

Kenny’s videos have lessons that cross genres and DAWs; as such, they can help people trying to mix music in any style and on any platform. That being said, he also understands the intricacies of each particular genre he teaches mixing for, making his instruction particularly relevant.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Cakewalk Sonar

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Darren Davidson
Submitted 2 months ago

Very Helpful

Kenny Gioia is an amazing engineer and teacher. Get your notebook ready to take some notes as there's lots of great things to learn in this video.

I am a: Musician, Audio Engineer, Reaper

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Nyj
Submitted 7 months ago

Exceptional as always

Kenny is so easy to listen to, such a calm, competent, friendly, authoritative teacher, with no messing about, just high-value content. Very occasionally he will gloss over something which seems obvious to him, but for the most part he's very aware of the needs of the student. A1.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Mastering Facility, Sound for Film/TV, Pro Tools

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dasegi
Submitted 11 months ago

Great!

Typical Kenny Gioia: Efficient explanations, clear, understandable, no bla bla! Thank you for this great tutorial!

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Ableton Live, Reaper

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JesseFMiller
Submitted 1 year ago

Excellant

A plus,

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Pro Tools

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SongWriterProducer
Submitted 1 year ago

Very Good Mixing Strategies for Any Style

There are lots of ways to mix -- like there are lots of ways to paint a great painting. He gives some exceptional examples and sound ideas about mixing that will properly frame your thinking for how you go about it and additional learning. When you watch enough of these kinds of videos from talented people you see certain patterns and principles they follow, and from there then it's a matter of what "paint you choose and your methods to paint your painting." Some styles being a little different or more or less involved than others. Worth watching!

I am a: Professional, Producer, Ableton Live

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Fspoon
Submitted 1 year ago

Simple to follow

This is a great learning experience. Learning a different approach is always a plus. Seeing another pro using the same techniques confirms that what you're doing is the best way.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Pro Tools, Reaper

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PhilStuttard
Submitted 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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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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 13 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Exceptional instruction from a top notch talent in the industry Kenny’s videos have lessons that cross genres and DAWs; as such, they can help people trying to mix music in any style and on any platform. That being said, he also understands the intricacies of each particular genre he teaches mixing for, making his instruction particularly relevant.
Date published: 2018-09-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful Kenny Gioia is an amazing engineer and teacher. Get your notebook ready to take some notes as there's lots of great things to learn in this video.
Date published: 2018-08-31
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Exceptional as always Kenny is so easy to listen to, such a calm, competent, friendly, authoritative teacher, with no messing about, just high-value content. Very occasionally he will gloss over something which seems obvious to him, but for the most part he's very aware of the needs of the student. A1.
Date published: 2018-03-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great! Typical Kenny Gioia: Efficient explanations, clear, understandable, no bla bla! Thank you for this great tutorial!
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellant A plus,
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Good Mixing Strategies for Any Style There are lots of ways to mix -- like there are lots of ways to paint a great painting. He gives some exceptional examples and sound ideas about mixing that will properly frame your thinking for how you go about it and additional learning. When you watch enough of these kinds of videos from talented people you see certain patterns and principles they follow, and from there then it's a matter of what "paint you choose and your methods to paint your painting." Some styles being a little different or more or less involved than others. Worth watching!
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Simple to follow This is a great learning experience. Learning a different approach is always a plus. Seeing another pro using the same techniques confirms that what you're doing is the best way.
Date published: 2017-04-24
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
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