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Producing Modern Metal Explained®

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  • Introduction 3:46


    Gary gives you an introduction on what's going to be covered in the video series.

  • Setup & Routing 11:26

    Setup & Routing

    In this video, you'll learn the setup and routing that will be used for the song being demonstrated.

  • Gaining the Drums 7:21

    Gaining the Drums

    This video takes a look at the critical step of gain staging and panning the drums.

  • Processing the Kick 9:49

    Processing the Kick

    Explore the different effects used to process the kick drum.

  • Processing the Snare 10:24

    Processing the Snare

    Discover the effects used to process the all-important snare in this video.

  • Processing the Cymbals 4:11

    Processing the Cymbals

    In this video, take a look at how the cymbals are processed to achieve a solid top end.

  • Mixing the Toms 5:30

    Mixing the Toms

    Next up, explore the different methods used to mix the toms.

  • Adding in the Room Mics 4:23

    Adding in the Room Mics

    In this video, Gary demonstrates how to add ambience and excitement with the room mics.

  • Bus Processing on the Drums 7:49

    Bus Processing on the Drums

    To gel all the drums together, it's very common to add some processing to the drum bus. Get the details in this video.

  • Working on the Bass with a Bass Amp Sim 11:02

    Working on the Bass with a Bass Amp Sim

    This video shows how to use a bass amp sim with the DI bass signal for added tonal versatility.

  • Creating a Split Clean & Distorted Bass 6:42

    Creating a Split Clean & Distorted Bass

    Alternatively, you can combine a clean bass DI with an amp sim to create a composite bass tone. See how it's covered in this video.

  • ReAmping the Guitars 7:13

    ReAmping the Guitars

    This video demonstrates how the guitar DI signals are revamped with the guitar amp sims.

  • Processing the Guitars 10:25

    Processing the Guitars

    Learn how to further process your guitars - post amp sim - to better sit in the mix.

  • Audio Techniques for Hyper-Realism 12:56

    Audio Techniques for Hyper-Realism

    Hyper realism is the process of editing your audio so it sounds super tight and polished - an often-used technique in modern metal. Discover how to add this polish to your productions with this video.

  • Creating Ambient Guitars 11:07

    Creating Ambient Guitars

    Metal isn't just about being heavy; contrast is a key element. Creating clean ambient guitars can contrast the heavy distorted guitars nicely.

  • Creating Interest with Extra Guitar Parts 7:29

    Creating Interest with Extra Guitar Parts

    In this video, Gary shows how to add interest in your production by layering up extra guitar parts.

  • Arranging the Breakdown 13:29

    Arranging the Breakdown

    The breakdown is an important element in modern metal, especially in the metal core style genres. Take a look at how super hyped up parts like this can be created.

  • Transitions to the Breakdown 8:50

    Transitions to the Breakdown

    Here you'll learn how to create more impact leading into a breakdown, which can dramatically heighten the intensity of the section.

  • Processing the Lead Guitar 15:35

    Processing the Lead Guitar

    This video explores how to process a focused lead guitar in the mix.

  • Working on the Instrument Bus 6:40

    Working on the Instrument Bus

    Here we look at how to process all the instruments going to the instrument bus.

  • Using Reverb Send Effects 5:46

    Using Reverb Send Effects

    Next, discover how to setup and use reverb sends in your metal productions.

  • Sidechaining the Kick & Bass 5:19

    Sidechaining the Kick & Bass

    Sidechaining is a great technique to create more separation between the kick and Bass. Gary shows how it's done in this video.

  • Arranging & Mixing the Clean Vocals 20:26

    Arranging & Mixing the Clean Vocals

    This video demonstrates how to arrange and implement clean style vocals in your metal productions.

  • Editing the Clean Vocals 3:35

    Editing the Clean Vocals

    Continuing from the previous video, discover what extra audio editing techniques you can apply to your clean vocals.

  • Processing the UnClean Vocals 18:31

    Processing the UnClean Vocals

    This video looks at how to incorporate unclean vocals like screams and how they can provide contrast in the mix.

  • Using Delay & Reverb Throws 11:40

    Using Delay & Reverb Throws

    This video expands on sends and how you can use reverb and delay fader throws for further interest in your mix.

  • Finalizing Your Master 14:20

    Finalizing Your Master

    To wrap it up, we finalize the song by adding a mastering chain to the main output bus.

Product Overview

Studio pro Gary Hiebner presents comprehensive metal production video tutorials! If you've wondered how to create that hyper-realistic, super tight and focused modern metal sound, this course is the one to watch. Gary takes you through the entire process of producing and mixing a metal song, concentrating on all the elements - drums, guitars, bass, vocals, etc. - and addressing specific concerns for each, including editing, processing, and more. These videos are for beginning metal producers and mixers.

Gary welcomes you and begins by introducing the song that will be used for the tutorial, organizing the session by placing tracks in folders and routing them to buses. He then tackles the drums, singling out the kick, snare, cymbals, toms, and room mics, before working on the full drum bus. Next up, you'll learn several methods for creating a full, powerful bass tone via the use of DI a signal, amp sims, and various combinations of the two.

The guitars are next, and you'll discover the secrets to creating those trademark heavy tones, including reamping, gain/EQ/mic placement settings, part-layering, ambient clean sounds, and more. You'll also learn the importance that precise editing plays in achieving the polished sound you hear on the radio.

Throughout the rest of the course, Gary details the processing and mixing techniques for the vocals, as well as provide tips on arranging to create more intensity and excitement in your track. You'll learn about sidechaining the kick and bass to provide additional separation and clarity, automating reverb and delay sends to create throws on the vocals, and much more. Gary wraps up the course by demonstrating how to finalize your master with a mastering chain including saturation, multiband compression, stereo widening, and true peak limiting.

To see exactly what's contained in these in-depth metal production tutorials, and how they'll transform your metal songs from the ground up, see the individual Producing Modern Metal video tutorial descriptions on this page. Learn what you need to make your metal tracks sicker and slicker today... Watch “Producing Modern Metal Explained®” now!

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