Acoustic Rock Song - My Confession (Critique please!)

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Member Since: Aug 10, 2004

Hey guys, here's a song I recorded and mixed. Any comments/tips are greatley appreciated. I don't have monitors so if any of you guys could help me with the low end I would be extremely thankful!


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Since: Apr 03, 2002

Jul 20, 2005 07:33 am

Disclaimer: this is on PC speakers

The snare sounds kinda that on purpose? I can't hear much of a kick, the subwoofer is bored...not much low end at all. Guitar sounds OK, single mic on it? Vocals sounds very present, very up front...

Hold 'Em Czar
Since: Dec 30, 2004

Jul 20, 2005 12:19 pm

PC speakers aswell....

ok when the drums come in on the intro :28 to :31 the acoustic guitar is off and kinda 'stumbles' into the groove, i'm not sure if that's fixable if ya don't wanna re-track it, if you're using this recording as a 'demo' and carging $5 or less, then this will do fine, or just practicing your chops...but i must say it's not 'Album' quality yet....i'm not tryin' to put ya off or anything, this is just my opinon, and FWIW i don't really listen to this style, so i don't have a good reference point.

the reverb on the vocal part around :44 is a bit much, i'd see how it sounds on the acoustic guitar, to push IT back and make it sound more full than it accually is....that'll keep it from competing with the vocals, and give more dimention.....

on the subject of vocal reverb, if ya just add a hair more and maybe some eq (to the reverb only) to darken it (cut the highs) it won't sound so 'naked'. again this is void if that's the sound you were trying for.

the drums sound fine to me here, i can't really hear a kick, go figure, but i think the drums are the strong.

my two scents

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Jul 20, 2005 12:22 pm

the acoustic guitar is off and kinda 'stumbles' into the groove

Yeah, I noticed that too, but it wasn't "sound" related, but more performance related so I didn't mention it...but since you did, ya, I agree.

we prefer "percussionist"
Since: Jul 21, 2004

Jul 20, 2005 09:50 pm

Nice song! I kinda like the "pillowy" snare, it's not too harsh on the mellow track. I wonder how it would sound just a few clicks slower, though. It kinda sounds like you're fighting to keep up with the tempo. Maybe 3 clicks slower, have the drums bring out more of a 1/4 note feel instead of the equal 1/8's all the way through, and it may sit in a little nicer.

I like the song overall, got more?

Since: Dec 13, 2004

Jul 21, 2005 01:29 am

Listening on some very average-quality monitors...

It's an intriguing song with an interesting melody line. The comments about the mix above are generally what I heard as well...the snare sounds a bit dead, but it fits the song fairly well, so no big deal. I got the sense that the guitar sort of stumbled slightly a few other times later in the track from what WYD mentioned...I don't have exact times (it's playing in quicktime), but I just get this vague uneasy feeling at a couple points where the guitar and drums fall out of sync. Then they get back together.

The backup vocal is a little harsh, I think...might want to add some midrange to it.

Overall, nice song.

Since: Aug 10, 2004

Jul 21, 2005 04:16 pm

Hey thanks for the feedback guys.

I know it sounds scary, but since I have listened to the song so many times tracking it and mixing it, I can't even hear the stumble you speak of, but it obviously exsists if more than one person hears it. This is intended to eventually be album quality, so time to pull out the guitar again and do a little fix em up. Thanks for the honesty, it's going to help me produce a better product.

Munger: I've got some more songs and can send some of them to you once I've done a little more work to them. Thanks for your interest.


The fat one always watches us.
Since: Nov 08, 2002

Jul 22, 2005 09:42 am

I like sound of the guitar. Id bring the vocals out a little with some panning, and eq, not volume. The drums sound flat- but ok
I love the change up, sounds like you screwed up and kept going, then the listener gets it. thats wayyyyy cool.
so- good tune, i think the drums need some punch, more of a live sound. the guitar sounds great, and just a little pump up on the vox.

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