Too many threads "sort of" touching on this, about mixing/mastering, but I wanted to discuss and possibly learn some things for myself about this. I've talked to the guy who engineers our music plenty of times but love hearing opinions from multiple people about it, as we have a lot of knowledgeable people here. I guess the point of this thread is to ask questions, discuss answers, and for anyone who's in a band, mixing/mastering, or recording to ask/discuss/get opinions on whatever they're doing. MT has never had a big thread on this as far as I can see. If someone digs up something like this that exists, well you can burn in hell because I created a new one. My biggest question...I'm listening to Metallica's Black Album, and am fucking wondering how they got the drums to sound so big. Like...not even drums exclusively (mainly, though), but how the hell do they get the sound to hit so hard? It's like out of my five senses, two of them are now being used..."feel" and "hearing". I "feel" the drums. What aspect of mixing/mastering is most responsible for this? I know it's all about how much money is in a production and gear used, but I've just always wondered. This album's production can still stand up to any metal albums out there and it's almost 20 years old...blows my mind, because there aren't a lot of albums like that. Like if I listen to Enter Sandman in a playlist with a bunch of modernly-made metal, it starts and sounds kind of quiet, then the drums/bass kick in and it blows everything else on the playlist out of the water in terms of production. It's nuts.