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Toontrack presents: Studio Pass

with Brendon Small and Ulrich Wild

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About The Class

the people behind Metalocalypse.

Adult Swim's Metalocalypse is a cheeky parody of metal culture — featuring the shenanigans of a cartoon band called Dethklok. In Toontrack Presents: Studio Pass, you'll get a closer look at the creative process behind this mesmerizing metal powerhouse-turned-TV-series.

Brendon Small is the creator and primary musician driving Dethklok’s music, including its four full-length albums. In this installment of Studio Pass, Brendon and producer Ulrich Wild (Pantera, White Zombie, Slipknot, Deftones) will show how they compose, engineer, and mix the music of Metalocalypse – explaining the recording techniques used for Dethklok’s drums, bass, guitars, vocals and effects.

The music behind the hilarious spectacle that is Metalocalypse is no joke. Join Brendon and Ulrich for Studio Pass and learn about the unique creative process behind the music of Dethklok.


Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    06:20
  2. 02

    Songwriting: Starting with an Idea

    12:39
  3. 03

    Songwriting: Building, Redefining and Contradicting

    31:18
  4. 04

    Songwriting Q&A

    26:32
  5. 05

    Tracking and Comping Drums

    27:24
  6. 06

    Editing Drums

    16:25
  7. 07

    Drums Q&A

    31:15
  8. 08

    Micing an Amplifier

    25:09
  9. 09

    Rhythm Guitar Tones

    18:52
  10. 10

    Tracking Rhythm Guitars

    34:13
  11. 11

    Tracking Bass Guitar

    23:34
  12. 12

    Bass Q&A

    21:45
  13. 13

    General Q&A

    16:30
  14. 14

    Tracking Vocals

    18:27
  15. 15

    Vocal Compression While Tracking

    24:38
  16. 16

    Vocal Mixing on Galaktikon

    24:37
  17. 17

    Vocals Q&A

    17:50
  18. 18

    Mix Prep

    34:45
  19. 19

    Mixing in Logic Pro

    42:03
  20. 20

    Mixing Blazing Star Part I

    27:14
  21. 21

    Mixing Drums for Blazing Star

    25:05
  22. 22

    Mixing Guitars and Vocals for Blazing Star

    27:43
  23. 23

    Mixing Blazing Star Part 2

    19:34
  24. 24

    Mixing Blazing Star with EQ

    30:09
  25. 25

    Final Q&A

    24:12
  26. 26

    Closing Thoughts

    11:22

Meet Your Experts

Brendon Small

Brendon Small is best known as the co-creator of the 1999 animated series Home Movies (along with Loren Bouchard) and Metalocalypse (along with Tommy Blacha) and as the creator of the virtual death metal band Dethklok. ... read more

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Ulrich Wild

Ulrich Wild is a Grammy-nominated producer, mixer, engineer and songwriter specializing in Rock and Metal. Born and raised in Switzerland, he immigrated to the USA where he now lives as a naturalized citizen in Los Angeles. He has worked with ... read more

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  • Aaron Thurtell

    April 2018

    Being someone new and looking into recording songs, I found this class very informative and in a way essential, the idea of recording seemed over whelming and I had no idea where to start, being a fan of Brendon small and Ulrich Wilds work on Dethklok and Galaktikon I found it very enjoyable and must for any fans of Brendon small looking into how he goes about making a record

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