Anybody want to listen to/critique my latest mixing job?

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a.k.a. Porp & Mr. Muffins
Member Since: Oct 09, 2002

Hey guys,
I just finished recording and mixing a rock song for a local band and I'm really excited about the result. I've been working with these guys for quite a while and I think this is definately the best thing to come from our collaboration :) As always, I'm looking for any advice on improving the mix. I feel like I've heard the song so many times while tracking and mixing that I could be missing some of the more obvious details!

If you're interested, it's on my NoWhereRadio site under "Discography" > "Singles" and the title of the song is "Don't Run Away"

www.nowhereradio.com/waffleironrecordings

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Since: May 15, 2004


Aug 08, 2005 09:06 am

PM,

Great Mix!... One of the best I've ever heard in HRC. Vocal works are good even with loud guitars. Piano is what attracts me to the song. EQ work is quite good for an average listener like me.. Not even tiring to listen 5-6 times now.. I think you're done.. Real tidy mix!

BTW cool guitar break mix in the mid.

Cheers..!

Hold 'Em Czar
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Since: Dec 30, 2004


Aug 08, 2005 11:48 am

*listening *

first impressions: the drums are on an outdoor stage, and the vocals are in a big,empty, wood room (brite early reflections), you can fix the drum verb by easing off the reverbs tail legnth (ms) OR the room type/size...don't judge the sound by the dementions it says (or even things like room, hall, plate, ect. but rather, listen to HOW the sound of the reverb changes in character and color...some will complemnt the mix and others will sound unnatural.

on the vocals, ya can afford to put a bit longer tail on the reverb and just schtique an eq before in the chain before it and roll off the highs, that'll carpet and move the walls back (warm and cozy)....

i'm liking where the guitars and vox are sitting level and pan wise....so really that's about all i have on the critique side....

the structure and feel are definetely there, i love the harmonies when you go real high there for a sec! good strong progression, especially when ya do the la da dahs! very moving....then BAM! key change....man the more i listen the more i like the arangement!! BIG THUMBS UP! i struggle with that BIG TIME! (ha go figure! §;o))

oh umm the intro is a bit 'harsh' and 'fast'...try a fade in, or get creatave and reverse something, or something like that...experament!

awsome song man!

a.k.a. Porp & Mr. Muffins
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Since: Oct 09, 2002


Aug 08, 2005 12:09 pm

Wow... Thanks a lot, ciinx! I can't take all the credit for the cool guitar break, though. That was the singer/guitar player's idea :) Actually this whole song (minus the drum part) was recorded by the singer. He also played the piano, bass, etc.

WYD- Thanks for the observation. I think I can hear what your saying. It's funny, though, since the drums and vocals have pretty much the same reverb effect on them. However, the vocals also have a short delay on them, which is something I thought sounded pretty cool for this song. That could be what's messing with things. On the drums, the reverb is only on the snare drum and the hi-hat. What did you think of the snare sound? The snare in the quiet parts isn't really sitting well with me. I think the drum was tuned too high when we recorded it, so I had to pile on the eq, reverb and compression a bit more than usual. As for the song structure and vocals, I can't take credit for any of that. I was only the engineer with a little bit of a producer role :)

Hold 'Em Czar
Member
Since: Dec 30, 2004


Aug 08, 2005 12:16 pm

i like the overall snare sound...the tuning reminds me of a Van Halen (circa DLR) meets Dave Matthews style ringing....for more cut, fine tune the attack time of the compressor, start at 0 and slowly move out. (keep concious of the latency of your system when adjusting things carefully)....just ease off the amount of reverb a bit i guess....

cheers bro!

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Since: Aug 10, 2005


Aug 10, 2005 01:41 pm

It's hard for me to give advices, since I'm a beginner at mixing. But in first approach: no comment on the music itself, it's more professional than anything. I like the voice, though I usually don't pay too much attention to singers ;)

Just one thing for the singer: the "la la la"'s and "na na na"'s don't sound good to my french ear. It's only cultural, nothing wrong with the voice or vocal technique.

Good guitars, a lot of various techniques wrapped in a single song. The sound is good in itself: but I personnally would have set more reverb to leave it a little behind the vocal. Since the guitar parts are spread left and right all the time, it sounds a bit as if the guitarist wanted to overtake the singer's by the sides...

As for the bass now: the only real issue, at 2:36. There's a note which is slapped, and I don't think it was done on purpose...

Good job, guys: my comments are only "chercher la petite bęte", as we say here ;)

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