SPOTLIGHT | MIXING MASTERS
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it is difficult to stress how VITAL the MIXING PROCESS is within the overall PRODUCTION of music. its all well and good to track clean INDIVIDUAL RECORDINGS of all your PARTS and INSTRUMENTS, but if the listener cannot appreciate the final product due to everything competing with each then its all for naught. NAIL THE MIX is an ongoing subscription-based online audio school that basically gives participants all the stems of a song to MIX at home, only to learn from the MIXER on the project to explain via a livestream or prerecorded video how the end results were achieved. which is pretty cool.
for someone like me that is not an AUDIO ENGINEER, learning how the sausage is made when it comes to MUSIC PRODUCTION is still very much endlessly FASCINATING. a few years ago the longtime LEGENDARY BRITISH METAL publication KERRANG! took Q&A's from participating MIXERS and republished them under the MIXING MASTERS tag for their readers. participating MIXERS include DAVE OTERO (CATTLE DECAPITATION, CEPHALIC CARNAGE, TETRARCH), ERIK RON (MOTIONLESS IN WHITE, GODSMACK, SAOSIN, I PREVAIL, BLACK VEIL BRIDES, PANIC! AT THE DISCO), MACHINE (LAMB OF GOD, CLUTCH, VISION OF DISORDER, I AM THE AVALANCHE), KRISTIAN "KOHLE" KOHLMANNSLEHNER (ABORTED, CREMATORY, POWERWOLF, BENIGHTED), SAM PURA (STATE CHAMPS, THE STORY SO FAR, HUNDREDTH, BASEMENT) and KURT BALLOU (CONVERGE, KVELERTAK, RUSSIAN CIRCLES, TORCHE, HIGH ON FIRE, TRAP THEM). its absolutely EDUCATIONAL and a PHENOMENAL new leaf worth turning even for avid fans of the genre with no background in MUSIC PRODUCTION. definitely worth checking out.
SPOTLIGHT | LIVE IN THE K! PIT
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LIVE IN THE K! PIT has an ingenious conceit. put an aggressive band on a small stage in the back of a LONDON pub cramped with hardcore fans and see what happens.
what happens is INTENSITY. far more than your usual live performance series fare. gotta thank KERRANG! magazine for conceiving nad implementing this concept because these videos are pretty killer, including the likes of TORCHE, BEARTOOTH, MASTODON (including guest vocalist SCOTTY KELLY of NEUROSIS), PARKWAY DRIVE, REFUSED, CANCER BATS and BARONESS among many others. enjoy.