Crowd:Controlled is a death/thrash metal band from Athens, and here is their latest EP, called “The Path Integral”. 5 songs and a lot of potential for these guys.

Now, this is probably one of my best-sounding heavy productions ever. It’s really unbelievable what a simple studio change can bring to the ending result: recently I decided to move my main monitors to another spot in the room, and the overall frequency response, stereo image and audio depth have been dramatically improved. Really glad to be able to hear the very low frequencies without a problem, and (obviously) this can REALLY help with the mix.

Real drums, and quad-tracked rhythm guitars on this one, all reamped through a Peavey 6505+ head in my studio.

Decided to experiment with sidechain multiband compression this time, so that only certain frequencies are affected. This technique gave me excellent results on things like kick-bass. Some more cool tricks as well, like parallel de-tuned wide delay on vocals and a ton of distortion on bass, being constantly automated. Once again, I was mixing through my mastering chain, which also helps a lot to get your volume from early on.

The communication with the band was flawless, which really helped the whole procedure. Really happy with the ending result.

Co-produced mixed and mastered during Summer 2016.

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Long time no see. No wonder, as I am serving in the army for the past 6-7 months. Well, “serving” would be more appropriate, as I am currently in Athens, which allows me to keep on recording and mixing various stuff.

Anyway, enough with myself, let’s dive in this great piece of work I produced.

Skandal is a doom’n roll band I started working with 2 years ago for their “Year Of The Cicada” EP. The guys have visited my studio twice for the recordings, travelling all the way from UK in order to work together. George (who is also a member of Forsaken Memoriam) is a personal friend of mine and the main member behind this band. So, two seperate sessions and all-day/all-night long sessions to make everything work just in time.

So, not your typical stuff here, we recorded various unusual instruments like bendir, saz, a bagpige and even a throat “thai chant” singer for this EP. I was lucky enough to choose the session musicians myself, and they did a great work, adding a special flavour to the ending result.

Real drums on this one, recorded on two seperate takes (always a challenge to place everything the same way after 2-3 months have passed). Many hours on vocal tracking as well. Guitars, bass, everything was double and triple checked before I delivered to Mr. George Bokos (ex Rotting Christ) who did mixing and mastering, with great results.

Great work, that has taught me a lot. Produced, mixed and mastered during 2015.

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.

This is a special one for me, as Revolted Masses is the band I have been playing with for the last 7-8 years.

We had the great honor to have Fotis Benardo come to the studio and help us with the drums tuning and sound. He was also kind enough to lend us his snare (this particular snare was used in Septic Flesh – Titan album I believe).

So, real drums with an almost completely replaced kick and 80% natural snare, which is the first time ever I do something like this for Revolted Masses. Overheads were placed REALLY close to the cymbals and spot mics for the hi hat and ride cymbals were also used.

Bass was never reamped, as I was happy with just the DI signal, duplicated and heavily saturated.

My trusty Hagstrom (emg-loaded) was used for the guitar sounds, reamped through an ENGL Fireball and a Peavey 6505+.

Most of the vocals parts are literally one-take, as George is a great screamer and one of the best I have recorded so far.

We also had the the pleasure to have several guests to come and play for the album, from flamenco guitar to female vocals, as well as the guest vocals of Fotis Benardo for the song “Murder Ex Machina”

This mix has many similarities with the full length version. Lots of stuff happening mix-wise, for example there is a distorted snare whose volume in the mix is constantly automated, and parallel compression in almost every aspect of the mix. I decided to stay away from limiting and clipping, to give a natural feel to the (already compressed) mix.

Really proud for the ending result, and a grear experience.

Recorded, Mixed and Mastered during Summer 2015.

I am really happy and proud to present to you one of the best moments of my career as a musician and audio engineer. Greek people surely know this guy, but for those of you who don’t, Vasilis Papakonstantinou is one of the best and most famous greek rock artists with a big career starting from the 70’s and still going strong.
For his new release, I was asked to reamp the guitars for the whole record as well as perform the electric guitars for a song called “Nama”. The main engineer is George Archontakis, a famous artist with countless releases under his belt, and a guy I really look up to.
Production-wise, the reamping process took place at Vintage Studios, with George giving the general guidelines and reference for the desired sound. I brought an ENGL Fireball connected to a 2×12 Vintage-30s loaded guitar cabinet. A single SM57 mic was used, on the right spot. Depending on the song/part, we changed mic placement, EQ settings, even adding my trusty Maxon OD808 in front of the amp where needed. The final result was more than pleasing and everyone was happy with the high-gain sounds.
Playing-wise, I used my Hagstrom EMG-loaded guitar, using mainly the bridge pickup, except from the guitar solo. I was free to add some ideas, but the main structure of the song was already decided.
Some trivia about the song:
*)The main “hook” lead was initially meant to be played with a whammy pedal. I decided to try a double bend (bend->slide->bend) to imitate this sound and turned out great, so we doubled this part with a lower octave and kept that!
*)The guitar solo is one-take, first-take, without me knowing that I was being recorded. George asked me to “try some things” but he was secretly recording me, in order to play freely and spontaneously. After listening to it, we decided to keep it!
Working with these guys is a life and career milestone and a dream come true. I feel I learnt more from this experience than a year to any music school.

Recorded/reamped during Summer 2015.