Critique my mix... please?
Posted on Jun 19, 2003 11:56 pm
a.k.a. Porp & Mr. Muffins
Member Since: Oct 09, 2002
I just added a little something to NoWhereRadio titled "Studio Work in Progress." The name is pretty self explanitory. It has no vocals, at least not yet, but you can tell me what you think of the mix. Tips are welcome. Happy listening :-)
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Jun 20, 2003 06:16 am Porp, this track is actually really good!
Since: Dec 30, 2002
The drums and bass are superb - I think the only things that I would comment is the over all frequency balance - everything is a little top heavy at the moment - especially the guitar. However, I managed to fix this very easily by applying an EQ boost around 300Hz with a nice open Q - this really warmed the mix up a lot. Also the guitars sound like they could do with a small cut at around 2.1Khz just to remove some of the fizz (but then I don't deal with punk guitars....)
I think the main problem you are suffering from is your mointoring setup, the M-Audio's lack low end responce - just remember this when you are mixing on them...
otherwise, excellent :)
Jun 20, 2003 07:39 am sweet. very nice in every dept.! arranging, performance, and the mix is nice and clean. i can make out each instrument. i like the traditional panning of the rhythm and lead guitars. (do i hear a third guitar track??)
one thing, and it may be related to what jues was saying about not enough low-end, but the kick drum seems a little lost in the mix. you don't own a dedicated kick mic do you?
just finishing up listening now. bravo!
Jun 20, 2003 07:42 am hehe... just listening to "i will call..", !! oh my.. we never sung it like that in sunday school :O) -j
Jun 20, 2003 09:44 am Thanks for listening, guys.
Jues- Yeah, I'm really happy with how the drums came out-- I'm hoping that I can get that sound again! Something about the mic placement on the snare drum and the bass drum, along with a good amount of compression, really clicked. Thanks for the advice. I'm going to go try the EQ tips. I did notice that it was a little top heavy, and, yes, I agree with you on the electric, although it sounds much better than what I usually get for sound though (I usued that new Line 6 Spider amp this time). I'll try your suggestion and I think that should fix it up just right.
Jamie- Thanks! Yup, that's a third guitar you hear in the "chorus" :-) The kick drum does have its own mic and track. In fact, I usued Blueninjastar's EQ article to help me separate the bass drum from the bass guitar. But I agree with you, I think all it actually needs is a little volume boost. Haha, thanks for listening to "I will call" :-)
Jun 20, 2003 02:54 pm what mic are you using on the kick?
Jun 21, 2003 12:16 pm It's a Sennheiser evolution vocal mic. I'm not sure of the model #. It's got loads of juicy EQ on it though.
My band just recorded a new tune last night that we just need to add vocals to. Then I have to mix and master it. I'll have it up on NWR in a bit so you guys can tell me what you think. It's more of an emo kind of thing.
Jun 21, 2003 01:10 pm any idea what;s the frequency responce of that mic? that could be the reason you're not getting any kick drum standing out in the mix. i've got very little experience mic'ing kick drums, having only sampled a drum kit once back in October, but we *had* to use the guy's Shure AX-something bass mic to pick it up any oomph. from the sound of things, that's your only weak point in your setup.
Jun 21, 2003 05:13 pm Actually, the kick drum sounds pretty punchy and clear on the wave file. I think it probably lost something in the transition to mp3. Without a ton of EQ, it sounds like trash, but it sounds really nice with a lot of it in the right spots. Eventually I hope to get a nice kick-drum mic like that AX thingy. But for now it will have to do :-)
The new song is really coming along! I'm pretty excited to have you guys here it... Just sit tight :-)
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