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Here is something I have completely forgotten to write about….I mean HOW could I forget, with nearly 500000 YouTube views so far! Aetherian are back, and this time I helped them with guitar and bass recordings for the song “The Rain”.

Working with these guys is always a pleasure. Recording-wise, there is nothing unusual here, an EMG loaded-guitar straight into a RedEye DI Unit and into a PRE73 mic pre. Oh, and some great riffs!

Some cool people have also teamed up for the final result, like Fotis Benardo (drum recordings) and Jim Evgenidis (music video). The band will put out a new album with LifeForce records in 2017.

Recorded during January 2016.

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Here is a really interesting project from members of Mist Of Nihil. This time they are back with a more atmospheric style, and a fully instrumental song.

I listened to a wide variety of music before mixing this single, which really helped the general direction of the mix. Many Midi Instruments on this one, from violin to piano and strings, to give more character to the final result. No vocals, which made my life easier!

Here’s a tip: before reaching for EQ or compression, you should first try to stick to the very basics: Panning and Volume can make a vast difference. So, I find amazing the fact that you might struggle with surgical EQ for a lead guitar in order for it to be fully audible and clear, but the solution might just be to turn the f ***n pan knob!!

Great project and cool music! Recorded, mixed and mastered during Winter 2016.

 

For the past 2-3 days I’ve got a cold, so this is the perfect chance to update this blog with some of my latest work.

So, to begin with, this is the first time working with Introvert Project, an alternative goth project from Athens. The guys knew what they were aiming for before coming to the studio, which made my life easier and the ending result really smooth!

The bass player was a friend of mine from Mist Of Nihil, who once again did a great job on bass duties. Guitar sound is a blend of 2 different guitar amps. Vocals (for the most part) are two different octaves, both audible in the mix. Worked really hard automating and humanizing the other elements of the mix in order to give them a more realistic character (piano, strings etc).

This is one of the first times that I had no regrets hitting almost every channel with really heavy compression and, in some cases, limiting. I then automated the f*ck out of everything, to bring those dynamics back in the game. This method really seems to work with this kind of music, but you have to be really careful not to over-compress.

A nice collaboration, check out their DIY lyric video as well! Produced, Mixed and Mastered during Summer 2015.

First time working with Fate Weaver, a melodic death metal band from Greece.

I started talking with the guys before they even began recording everything themselves, so I was able to guide and advice them on how I wanted each audio source to sound like.

A good amount of grit on the bass (mixed with the original signal), and a good amount of sample stacking on the drums. Guitars were reamped with real amps, and all the vocals were double tracked, but treated as one individual performance. As always, I couldn’t resist adding some spice to the mix by adding some elements that did not exist in the first place, from reverse delays to orchestra hits.

Excellent communication and total freedom on the ending result. Really nice feeling working with these guys as well. Reamped, Mixed and Mastered during spring 2015.

So, here we are once again working with New World Disorder, a metalcore band from Greece, this time for their upcoming EP called “Prometheus”. I have a strong relationship with this band and we have developed a personal workflow over the years.
This time though, everything was far more challenging, as I was given strict sonic references that I had to follow, without sacrificing the personal character of the band.
Used ENGL amps for the guitar tone and tried several things to enhance the mix, eg a layer of distorted snare sample to complement the original one, intense automation etc.
I also composed an orchestral part for the outro of the EP that the guys liked a lot. Overheads were recorded live on my studio. We also tracked choir and gang vocal parts.
The artwork was designed by Giannis “Remedy Art” Nakos.

Overall, an experience that taught me a lot.

Produced, Mixed and Mastered during the spring of 2014.