Akrotheism – “Sphinx: The Great Enigma of Times” EP (Co-Production, Reamping, Mixing) *Black Metal (for SoundWay Studios)

Posted: 09/05/2015 in Audio Production
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It’s been a while since I last updated this blog! Here is an upcoming black metal band from Athens that visited SoundWay Studios to record 2 songs for a split-EP. Never judge a book by its cover they say and this is especially true for these guys: Really polite people with a clear vision on their music behind the corpsepaint. (sorry if I ruin your image guys!)

A whole lot of experimentation took place, with many layers of bendir and -wait for it- a real theremin! Real drums on this one as well, recorded and heavily miced by me to capture the ambience of the performance. Guitars were reamped through a Peavey 6505+ amp and a Marshall all-tube head, both available at SoundWay studios. A real bass amp was also used for the bass tone, combined with the DI signal. I also tracked the vocals capturing both a dry signal (straight from a condenser mic) and a wet signal (straight from a TC-Helicon Voice Live unit) that both ended up in the final mix.

Some minor drum replacement took place to add more attack and a whole lot of reverb for the “black metal” sound on…well…basically everything! Mixing-wise I decided to limit myself by only using stock equalizers (mainly graphic ones) and compressors from Sonar, as I wanted fewer controls for simplicity.

Some minor pops and clicks on the audio due to the YouTube uploader, but you can get the overall picture (gonna update this post with a proper version once it is available).

Recorded and mixed during February 2015.

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