Metal Music Manual

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Producing, Engineering, Mixing, and Mastering Contemporary Heavy Music

Metal Music Manual shows you the creative and technical processes involved in producing contemporary heavy music for maximum sonic impact. From pre-production to final mastered product, and fundamental concepts to advanced production techniques, this book contains a world of invaluable practical information. Assisted by clear discussion of critical audio principles and theory, and a comprehensive array of illustrations, photos, and screen grabs, Metal Music Manual is the essential guide to achieving professional production standards.

The extensive companion website features multi-track recordings, final mixes, processing examples, audio stems, etc., so you can download the relevant content and experiment with the techniques you read about. The website also features video interviews the author conducted with the following acclaimed producers, who share their expertise, experience, and insight into the processes involved:

Matt Hyde (Slayer, Parkway Drive, Children of Bodom)

Ross Robinson (Slipknot, Sepultura, Machine Head)

Logan Mader (Gojira, DevilDriver, Fear Factory)

Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Killswitch Engage, Testament)

Jens Bogren (Opeth, Kreator, Arch Enemy)

Daniel Bergstrand (Meshuggah, Soilwork, Behemoth)

Nick Raskulinecz (Mastodon, Death Angel, Trivium)

Quotes from these interviews are featured throughout Metal Music Manual, with additional contributions from:

Ross "Drum Doctor" Garfield (one of the world’s top drum sound specialists, with Metallica and Slipknot amongst his credits)

Andrew Scheps (Black Sabbath, Linkin Park, Metallica)

Maor Appelbaum (Sepultura, Faith No More, Halford)

Mark Mynett is a record producer, recording-mixing-mastering engineer, author, and Senior Lecturer in Music Technology and Production at the University of Huddersfield, England. As both musician and producer, he has over 20 years' experience in the metal genre; has written numerous heavy-music production articles for leading magazines, including Sound on Sound and Guitar World; and in 2013 gained the world’s first PhD in Contemporary Metal Music Production. He owns his own studio, Mynetaur Productions (, where he provides engineering, mixing and mastering services for clients from all over the world.

©2017, 382 pages