New Song (feedback would be awesome)
Posted on Jan 18, 2010 12:19 pm
Member Since: Jul 02, 2009
New track I just recorded yesterday. Got a rough mix up, and would love if I could get some feedback on it, particularly on the vocal harmony, as well as the drums a bit, but overall just looking for some criticism. On the profile called Light Lady.
Thanks as always!
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Jan 18, 2010 03:10 pm I like it :] nice feel for sure. The harmonies sounded nice to me, maybe a few spots could be SLIGHTLY tighter, but not many (and its not really noticeable either). But the harmonies really do sound great, it gave the song a nice feel throughout the whole thing.
You recorded the drums? They sound good man, a lot of depth to them. The snare could be a little.. hmm. Idk what it needs. I don't have enough experience with that sort of thing. But something could be a little different there. Really nice capture there though.
The only actual criticism i can give you though is this, right around 0:05 a little hum kicks in that wasn't there at first (probably either your amp, or maybe its bleed from a drum mic or something that isn't even playing yet, which would make it easy for you to fix). And the guitar tempo kind of fluctuates just a tad in the first verse. Maybe a bit on the drums as well. Nothing real huge, just every now and then a the beat falls a little sluggish. Not that i'm any better lol. Its tough to get a perfect take!
But really, i liked this song a lot.
Jan 18, 2010 03:41 pm Thanks man! I totally agree with the tightness for sure. As for the snare, I can probably explain that one... Unfortunately, the snare I have has about a half of a snare on it, and it's hard to get a pop to it, almost sounds like a tom or something, or a snare without a snare on it.... anyway, quite a bit of work done on that. quite a challenge. And funny too, I tried soloing each track and couldn't find what the hell that pop was in there, very bizarre, but when i listened to all of them, there it is... very strange. But thanks for the feedback. I have had a really hard time with drums overall in the past, so I think I have gotten better as of late.
Wish it was my song, its one of my buddies. I think we chose a tiny bit too slow of a tempo for the song, but overall it works.
Jan 18, 2010 04:25 pm Tempos always a hard thing for me to decide. I always wanna jump right into it, and especially doing this all by myself, its hard to judge when i start playing my first track if it'll be the right speed once everything comes in. Thankfully most of my stuff is midi, so i can usually tell for sure once i have a few instruments in there, and i don't have to really retrack much that i wouldn't end up doing a second take on anyway.
And yeah, i can't even imagine what a pain drums would be to record. There's so many variables!
And btw, just the way you worded that... "And funny too, I tried soling each track and couldn't find what the hell that pop was in there, very bizarre, but when i listened to all of them, there it is... very strange."
That sort of leads me to think maybe you're getting some small phase issue. I don't really have a good ear for that or any experience dual micing, but just the way you said that the pop shows up only when they are all in there. Odd indeed.
Or maybe its just some bleed and processing (but not phase, since i don't really hear anything "missing" being cancelled out. Its more like something is there that shouldn't be). On my drum program sometimes i'll leave the bleed from the snare in the bass drum and i'll go from soloing the snare to bringing in the bass drum, and the bleed from the snare being processed threw different EQ's made a little undesirable "pop" until i worked it out.
Keep in mind, i'm not actually giving you ideas on how to fix it lol. Just rambling on about what it might or might not be.
Jan 18, 2010 10:28 pm Really cool track dude. The only suggestions I would make would be stylistic choices; but I will say that your snare cracks quite a bit IMO, I don't think a hollow sounding snare is a problem at all.
Since: Nov 11, 2007
I really dig this style
Jan 19, 2010 11:47 am Thanks guys. Input and criticism will NEVER be taken negatively by me... Quick question, do you mean the snare cracks quite a bit as in a good way, or maybe I should be trying to get more of a "drum" sound as opposed to a firecracker sound? The funny thing is I spent more time on that snare than anything else, and the intent was to get that "drum" or "tom" feel out of there...
Thanks again guys, yeah my friends got kind of a vintage pop style or something, haha. We kinda make fun of him sometimes since it's so poppy but obviously it's good or we wouldn't jam with him right?
Jan 19, 2010 11:53 am I love all the stylistic choices, really awesome swing to it.
Since: Nov 11, 2007
I wouldn't go as far as to say that the snare cracks too much, being that as long as the snare sound cuts through I think its as effective as any other snare sound. I think if I were recording I might have made it a little more open sounding...but then again if you listen to the song I just uploaded its like my snare is a tom next to some snares sitting on a table...real open sounding. I think it works with the song though.
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Jan 19, 2010 04:36 pm Listened, rated and commented. Good stuff man, moving right along it seems :)
Since: Jun 20, 2006
Jan 19, 2010 04:48 pm Thanks man, doing what I can. As you well know, time is the challenge. I would love to sit down in the dingy basement drinking beers and recording music all day long... Too bad I have a full time job and a girlfriend. But trying different things in the free time, always looking to record whoever, whenever. This place has been a huge help to me as well. Lots of good info and lots of people who are really willing to throw in their two cents. Love this place...
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