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Mixing Modern Instrumental Metal

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  • Getting Prepared 6:36

    Getting Prepared

    Paul welcomes you and lays out what will be learned in the videos ahead. He then begins with info on grouping, color coding and organizing the imported files to make mixing easier and quicker moving ahead, including using folder tracks and group busses.

  • Kick Drum 9:17

    Kick Drum

    Next, explore how to design the kick drum in two layers, attack and sub, as well as use basic channel strip tools and EQ to emphasize different parts of the kick drum before blending them together.

  • Snare Drum 8:42

    Snare Drum

    Similarly to the kick drum, see how to work on three different layers of the snare, using envelope shapers to bring out more sustain, and again use simple channel strip plug-ins to shape the sound.

  • The Rest of the Kit 11:43

    The Rest of the Kit

    Moving a little quicker through the drums now, Paul looks at the hats, toms and overheads as well as how to use the stereo enhancer plug-in as a stereo width control.

  • Bass Guitar 11:09

    Bass Guitar

    Next up, Paul reveals how to use a similar sound design technique of the kick drum to split the bass guitar into two tones, a grindy, guitar-like top layer, and a round bottom end, using POD Farm 2.5 Platinum.

  • Rhythm Guitars 8:34

    Rhythm Guitars

    In this part, learn Paul's approach to mid-high gain guitar tones, as well as how to use group channels and stereo processing to run two guitar tracks through one plug-in.

  • Lead Guitars 10:12

    Lead Guitars

    Paul now introduces some simple send effects to bring a background guitar layer to life, and also revisits some other aspects of the mix including the snare drum. You'll also see how to use unlikely tools like distortion to design your drum sounds.

  • Synths & Wrapping Up 15:26

    Synths & Wrapping Up

    In this final part, Paul brings the remaining elements into the mix, and shows how to perform a little automation, as well as talk briefly about how to achieve a split drum mix from a live drum VST, should you choose to work with MIDI drums instead of rendered audio.

Product Overview


Paul Ortiz has had much success with his ambient/progressive metal project Chimp Spanner, and he now reveals his secrets for mixing modern instrumental Metal music to you. See how to get mixes that showcase the elements of this genre of music, while adding impact and clarity.

Shown in Cubase, but applicable to any DAW, Paul starts the series off by laying out what will be learned in the videos, and then begins the series with info on grouping, color coding and organizing the imported files of your song, which make mixing easier and quicker moving ahead, including using folder tracks and group busses.

Next it’s all about the drums. Paul shows you step by step how to design the kick drum sounds as well as use basic channel strip tools and EQ to emphasize the different parts of the kick drum before blending them together.

Snares and the rest of the kit are then covered, and you’ll see how to use envelope shapers to bring out more sustain, simple channel strip plug-ins to shape the sound, and how to use a stereo enhancer plug-in as a stereo width control to make the drums wide and full sounding.

Moving on, Paul reveals how to use a similar sound design technique of the kick drum to split the bass guitar into two tones, a grindy, guitar-like top layer, and a round bottom end, which makes for a very full, satisfying bass tone for this genre of music.

The guitars are then focused on, and you’ll learn Paul’s approach to mixing mid-high gain guitar tones, as well as how to use group channels and stereo processing to run two guitar tracks through one plug-in for continuity and control, as well as how to use unlikely tools like distortion to further design your drum sounds.

In the final part of the series, Paul brings the remaining elements into the mix and finishes it off, and then shows how to perform automation for the final magic touches. As an added bonus, Paul talks about how to achieve a split drum mix from a live drum VST, should you choose to work with MIDI drums instead of real drum audio.

See the individual tutorial descriptions for more detailed info. If you're new to mixing modern instrumental Metal tracks, or just want to see and hear another perspective on the topic, this is the series for you… watch “Mixing Modern Instrumental Metal” today!


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Mixing Modern Instrumental Metal is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 5 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from best series hands down!!! This is the best metal mixing teacher, hands down, no questions asked, Mixing metal from live recordings Is a nightmare! Now I finally feel like this teacher answers most of my questions! Panning and phase issues with drums and guitars are very difficult. Groove 3 needs to get this teacher to teach more lessons. So I have been sober for 4 yrs. I go to Musicares.org meetings. I started a rock band called BORDERLINE DELUSION BAND. We are trying to raise awareness and Suicide Prevention and BLM.Many members of Musicares.org have taught me so much. But they are busy. I work with my friends like Javier from Animals as Leaders. Also , the mixing engineer for U2, Coldplay. After all the years , my friends are saying “ Danny, what happened? Did you really mix and produce your song? The I tell them that I got Music Production Suite 4 by Izotope. It cam e with Groove 3 . Now , my friends are referring work to me!! Maybe I can be the next Andy WALLACE? LOL. I am also going to try to learn how to mix every genre, Soul, Rap, Metal , Rock, even jazz. My girlfriend is very cheap , but she loves your videos so much , she wants me to keep subscribing to Groove 3. GOD BLESS. Fellow musicians and engineers. Now is the time to heal the world with our music. PLEASE LISTEN TO MY RECENT SONGS and THEN COMPARE TO MY OLD RECORDINGS!!! After I watched Groove 3, I feel like the songs sound better in my car than every before BECAUSE OF COVID, US MUSICIANS NEED TO START HELPING EACH OTHER AND COLLABORATE! I write most of the words and play guitar for my band. I am also connected to NETFLIX. I write songs for TV. Yes,its not easy to get a song on TV. But a producer wants to put our song “ Song of Hope” on his CD and TV show. I wrote the song to give my mom hope before she passed away from breast cancer. Send me an email BorderlineDelusionBand@gmail.com Danny https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtj_90xCmJuxkPBwXdYhNTYrxB--i2HWq
Date published: 2021-01-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from eggcellent! good job
Date published: 2020-12-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Detailed and on point Everything is well explained, you get a better understanding of why you do something and how to get something to cut through the mix. I learned some new interesting parallel FX techniques for snare and kick drum. Overall great tutorial.
Date published: 2019-01-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from another great tutorial from Paul Ortiz Great tutorial! Explores mixing fundamentals with some useful tricks for enhancing a mix.
Date published: 2018-12-12
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Great overview of the different instrument... It has helped me to understand more on how to handle EQ. and Comp. to shape the sound and make it go well together in the total mix. A great start for me to get in to mixing, and find the tones that fits well together. Thanks
Date published: 2018-10-06
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