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Toontrack presents: Studio Pass

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Class Introduction

Ulrich Wild, Brendon Small

Toontrack presents: Studio Pass

Ulrich Wild, Brendon Small

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Lesson Info

1. Class Introduction


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1 Class Introduction Duration:06:20
4 Songwriting Q&A Duration:26:32
5 Tracking and Comping Drums Duration:27:24
6 Editing Drums Duration:16:25
7 Drums Q&A Duration:31:15
8 Micing an Amplifier Duration:25:09
9 Rhythm Guitar Tones Duration:18:52
10 Tracking Rhythm Guitars Duration:34:13
11 Tracking Bass Guitar Duration:23:34
12 Bass Q&A Duration:21:45
13 General Q&A Duration:16:30
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1 Tracking Vocals Duration:18:27
3 Vocal Mixing on Galaktikon Duration:24:37
4 Vocals Q&A Duration:17:50
5 Mix Prep Duration:34:45
6 Mixing in Logic Pro Duration:42:03
7 Mixing Blazing Star Part I Duration:27:14
10 Mixing Blazing Star Part 2 Duration:19:34
11 Mixing Blazing Star with EQ Duration:30:09
12 Final Q&A Duration:24:12
13 Closing Thoughts Duration:11:22

Lesson Info

Class Introduction

It's nice to be here. I feel good it's early for ah comedian slash musician to wake up so anybody that's watching? Thank you. Anyone that's here? Thank you. And anyway, it's good to be here. We're going to do a lot of cool stuff today. Shall I throw to already? Yeah, so years ago, maybe. What? Seven years ago? Eight years ago, only this one is a while. It's been awhile? I, um I met, uh, I was recommended producer slash engineer slash guy that lived very close to me, but but I knew that he had done some bunch of really cool records and I knew that you did in the first thing I listened to was a pantera album called the great southern southern greater than training great southern trend kill and I love the way the drums sounded and I knew how to make guitar sound like guitars and you need to make my voice sound like my voice, but I couldn't I don't know what I would do with drums. I had no experience with that because I had been using, um, drum programming stuff that was not as good as wha...

t I would eventually end of using, which is superior drummer and tuned track and all that stuff, which is part of the reason we're here today, but but uh I wanted to make a record. I want to make the first death clock record from the television show metal lock lips which is what I'm known for but I wanted to put out a standalone record for the ban that doesn't really exist on the show called death pluck and and I knew I was gonna get a blood and I knew I wanted to go to a real studio and I wanted to transfer all these ideas into a real record so I was recommended ullrich and we got along really well and we had a similar philosophy and how to do stuff which is basically get in there and get it done and quit screwing around and quit making excuses and that's when you work in tv and worked very quickly that's the way you that's what you gotta work so so I sat s oh, this is a big long intro for all brick wild who's right over here ladies and gentlemen, please please, how about a warm run of dry clapping for smaller? Yeah, all right, all right. Say something about yourself. You're from talk away from apple recently from switzerland but I live in a leg to wales for the for those of us in america where is switzerland it's in asia okay, good place somewhere in the middle for being punctual yes, known for ah child chocolate cheese, cheese and take machines and take machines right now. Water goblets if I'm not mistaken yeah, I don't have any of those anymore. I leave those at the border. Yeah, anyway, here's all right. Oh, it's got a lot of time. It's also about your history. Yeah. You know, I just grew up in recording studios. I worked my way up. Mimi, what year did you come here? Came in eighty seven. It is dating myself right out of high school watching weren't born until the mid nineties. So there's definitely that yeah, but I just worked my way up the ranks in a recording studio on dh when from runner to assist an engineer too. Ooh, engineering to producing and that's that was one way to arrive where have arrived? Things are a little different now. There's a lot more home recording going on and the views of change gone from yeah to digital iand actually there's a lot less opportunity for people to to learn by sitting in in big recording sessions because a lot of people have to kind of learn on their own right now people go off by themselves and do stuff so that's, why today is going to be cool? We've got a couple students here too, right got cat we got drew all right you guys may or may not be plans, we're not sure if you're really interested in learning this stuff, but we're going to find out during the big quiz. Yeah, and the wrestling match later on, too, but but nice, and I'm sorry I've taken over this whole thing. I want to go, I wantto I'm gonna throw back to you, drew and see if you've got anything to say about this. Anything else to say? I just want to dive into this stuff. I'm syria good, okay, so take us away. So we're going to go through a bunch of the stuff that I personally my background before I got into the whole comedy thing is I went to berklee college of music and I studied I was what you call a guitar performance major, which means I studied a lot of composition stuff, and then I had to go upon in play in front of people and blow it like, which is what I would do. I was a very terrible kind of person that would play like the jury's. I would blow it every time and make everybody feel really nervous and weird and avert their eyes, but that's, how I did things back then, that was my way of gaining power over them was doing bears myself so they felt terrible around me, and then they would offer me better grades. So that's one thing I did, but but I learned a lot about what I did in music school, and this will be something that we can answer these questions, too, because this will be about how to record how to start recording, how to how to do exactly what we said, which is if I'm in tv and I've got a deadline, I've got to hit it no matter what, I've got to write a song every or two song sometimes every week or every two weeks, but I've gotta have an idea and I want to show you guys how it's not so daunting to do that once you just get started and and I'll just start with that because I have a session open up here and I'm going to we're going to take you first of all, here's, a big, over overview of what all work and I are going to do today, we're going to take you through from like, how a bill becomes a law it's we started with an idea like a scratchy guitar and some kind of program drums in this case to contract superior drummer. And we're going to go all the way to the mixing of a record. So we're going to take you through all that stuff, how the guitar works, how the guitars might, how I use a direct box in some cases. And and I'll show you more about that, um, everything from base base arranging vocals on then, in some cases, a fifty piece orchestra. And we'll tie this whole thing together in a big beautif package for you at the end. And I think you'll understand how to do this stuff, or at least how we do it, because everybody does it differently. And it all starts from, in this case, a little laptop with pro tools.

Class Description

Adult Swim's Metalocalypse is a cheeky parody of metal culture — featuring the shenanigans of a cartoon band called Dethklok. In Toontrack Presents: Studio Pass, you'll get a closer look at the creative process behind this mesmerizing metal powerhouse-turned-TV-series.

Brendon Small is the creator and primary musician driving Dethklok’s music, including its four full-length albums. In this installment of Studio Pass, Brendon and producer Ulrich Wild (Pantera, White Zombie, Slipknot, Deftones) will show how they compose, engineer, and mix the music of Metalocalypse – explaining the recording techniques used for Dethklok’s drums, bass, guitars, vocals and effects.

The music behind the hilarious spectacle that is Metalocalypse is no joke. Join Brendon and Ulrich for Studio Pass and learn about the unique creative process behind the music of Dethklok.


John Thaxton

I love Brendon. He has always treated fans super well. There's so much wisdom to be gained from listening to him about workflow and music in general. Great class!

Aaron Thurtell

Being someone new and looking into recording songs, I found this class very informative and in a way essential, the idea of recording seemed over whelming and I had no idea where to start, being a fan of Brendon small and Ulrich Wilds work on Dethklok and Galaktikon I found it very enjoyable and must for any fans of Brendon small looking into how he goes about making a record