How It’s Made: This is Hardcore Live Sets

A few weeks ago, I sung the praises of Sunny of hate5six, who has been releasing, one by one, high-quality multi-cam footage of every single set from this year’s This is Hardcore Festival. I noted how unlike the bulk of “pro quality” footage of bands that just slaps a raw soundboard mix on a compressed YouTube video, hate5six actually puts in an enormous amount of effort to make sure their sets sound good. Namely, they enlist talented mixing and mastering engineers like Brad Boatright, Dylan Tasch, and Taylor Young to handle the post-production – all of whom seem to be doing this pro-bono.


As if doing this all this for 60-some bands for free wasn’t impressive enough, they’re now releasing a highly detailed behind-the-scenes documentary series on the making of their free live set videos. The first installment, which spotlights New Jersey engineer Len Carmichael, gives us a look at the intricacies of mixing a 35-minute set off a soundboard… which, you probably aren’t surprised to hear, requires a whole lot more work than just taking the raw mix that your house engineer recorded.

Anyone who has ever had the pleasure of watching a great engineer mix, who also takes you through his process step-by-step, will know how cool this is. That itself is an intimate experience that’s not often available to young musicians in the hardcore/metal world. So enjoy!

See one of the recently posted sets for Power Trip below:

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Max is managing editor of Gear Gods.

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  • Thanks for posting this! Len has been working with me on the TIHC videos since 2012. In fact, he’s there all 4 days of the fest capturing all the audio and making sure none of the mics/channels get cut. The vast majority of the sets released since TIHC 2012 have been mixed and mastered by Len. I’m glad he’s getting some long overdue recognition for his work!

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