My Metal Recording Studio Tour. Gear by Custom Audio Amplifiers, Suhr, Darkglass, ENGL, Ownhammer, Rupert Neve, Universal Audio, Louder Than Liftoff, Cranborne Audio, CAPI, Wes Audio, Avid, Audioscape, Horizon Devices, Focal, Amphion, Focal, Pepper’s Tree.
What’s the difference between playing Metal live and recording in the studio? Having just stepped off stage from our gigs with Hybrid Nightmares, I summarise the different approaches in this video as a studio and live guitarist.
Mixing Metal Tutorial. Compression is a key way to make instruments powerful and fit in the Heavy Metal Mix. Overcompression, however can make instruments sound thin, too pushed and, frankly, boring.
I discuss unique ways to retain dynamics and still keep Metal Guitars, Drums and Bass super powerful in the Mix. By using Tape, Saturation and Transformer Clipping.
Staying Present and Mindful when Recording Metal. It’s all about the mindset. The state of mind that you are in during the recording session in the studio or at home, dictates the end result. The way you feel translates into your guitar, bass, drums and vocal recording, and even mixes. Consider tuning your mind into your music and not losing the big picture, and the results will follow.
Today marks the launch of my second Music Business – Custom Cinematic Songwriting.
Alongside with Recording and Mixing Metal Bands, I now aim to help TV, Film, Series, and Game Directors to connect their viewers with the moving picture.
I first had this idea about a year ago in Melbourne lockdown. I was really really sad to not be able to go to the bush or to the coast. This connection is desperately required for my everyday well-being, and that was taken away.
So I decided to write a composition about nature. I wanted to explore if I could make it more contemporary than your normal metal stuff that I make, yet having all the heavy roots and complex harmonies embedded.
I spent a few days playing with my Prophet composing, and that’s how “Infinite Motion” slowly came out (lots of editing and mixing on that one consequently!).
I then progressed to make 2 more diverse compositions, and accompanied these with videos assembled from stock footage, depicting how these could be used in the movie world.
I am very excited to open this second direction in my studio, looking to make some killer and memorable compositions to my peers who are working with Movies or Games!
Thanks to all my friends who supported this initial idea and gave valuable feedback, Dan Bucknell, Anna Gradoboeva, Sam Lowe, Nicholas Roberto Di Lorenzo, Chris Graham!
Doctor Mike Reacts to Shiddy Heavy Metal / Metalcore Snare Drums and Mixes. I listened to In Flames (I Am Above, Clayman 2020), Children Of Bodom (Something Wild), Metallica (St. Anger), Meshuggah (The Violent Sleep of Reason), Erra (Drift), Mnemic (Liquid), Alpha Wolf (Black Mamba), Emmure (Slave To The Game). I analyse and explain what I think is right or wrong with the sound of snare drums in these mixes.
I built this Heavy Metal Production Studio through blood, sweat, and tears – and way too much of each.
Emerging as a naive dream of 25-year old myself, with absolute zero financial foundation behind it. But my desperate desire to make Heavy Records the way I’ve been hearing them in my head throughout my life pushed from ‘nothing’ to ‘something’. And here I had the first basis of my studio, my first clients and my first records done. Still, without a clue on how to grow it and build it from ‘something’ to ‘everything’.
Blood, sweat, and tears. Coming back from my Doctorate studies at 5 PM, to get started in the studio. From 5:30 PM to 9:30-10 PM at night. Every business day, for 3 years.
Jumping into the studio full-time in 2018, with no way to remain in Australia and just desperately hoping that things would work out. Yet another round of 12-hour days, now in the studio and on the studio development side of things, thanks to The Six Figure Home Studio.
Going back to vicious routine, one last time as I promised myself, in 2019. 4 days a week at University lab to finish my immigration, the rest of the week is for the studio, in the name of heavy music, for my clients.
And ending up here, at the tail end of COVID, with ‘something’ turned to absolute ‘everything’ for me, and with future looking solid as I finally live the studio life I’ve been so desperately chasing for so many years.
I’ve paid a very high price for this, and now I take pride to call EOL Studios my job. At least, until I disappear from the face of this world, as a Doctor of Metal. And yes, EOL stands for Echoes Of Life – but that’s for another time and another story.
The mere single path – on the entire Earth.
The Overcoming Project is a psychedelic-melodic-groove metal studio project conducted by Mike Trubetskov, PhD, Guitarist and Producer at EOL Studios.
Today Heavy Magazine is premiering the second single release titled, “Anxiety“, which features world-class musicians: Jon Howard (Threat Signal, Imonolith) on vocals, Mike Heller (Fear Factory, Malignancy) on drums, and Sergei “Efes” Fomin (FS Projekt) on bass.
Mike Trubetskov composed the track, performed guitars and all the production and mixing business. Tony Mantz mastered the track at Deluxe Mastering.
Talking to Trubetskov today about the new track he says, “’Anxiety’ depicts a psychedelic journey towards defeating one’s deepest fears, with blast beats, on an extreme edge of the consciousness.”
“Anxiety” is released digitally on all streaming platforms and is accompanied by a lyric video produced by Andy Pilkington at VeryMetalArt.