Overall, I’m quite pleased with my mix, especially as it’s the first time I’ve mixed this genre. I think each instrument has its own place in the mix.
I sent the output of my instruments to bus outputs.
Drums: I wanted to give these a powerful, arena feel, like AC/DC. I think I have achieved that. Gojira was also a heavy influence on my drum mixing.
Guitars: I have obtained the chuggy and powerful sound that I wanted the rhythm guitar to have and it suits the genre of music. In contrast, the ambient guitar was very low in the mix and is only on the choruses. This makes the mix thicker and more interesting.
Vocals: I was inspired by the vocals of Volbeat in this mix. They are heavily compressed, have a lot of reverb and some delay. Additionally, to fit in more with the genre, I added distortion to make them more hard-hitting. In the middle 8, I removed the distortion because it didn’t fit with the change in the music.
Claps: I put these in just the middle 8 to add texture.
Processing claps. I cut out the bits that I wanted (the claps were recorded on every beat however in some parts I only wanted them to be every other beat) , flextimed them to be in time and layered them.