Anyone up for some Recording Crique?

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Member Since: Apr 10, 2006

I just finished recording a local band's first EP (and my first full recording as well) and I'd appreciate if you guys listened to it and gave me some criticism/feedback. The whole EP is on their myspace, and the link is

I believe it can also be found on Last FM and Pure Volume for free download. I was the sole engineer/producer for this recording, so I'd love to hear what you guys love and hate about it.

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Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Dec 15, 2008 10:06 pm

I'll try and get a listen tomorrow evening.

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Dec 16, 2008 08:08 pm

Although I hate the way the myspace player makes things sound. I got enough out of it to give you a couple hints.

First off, track 4 is the best of the bunch with 5 a fair second. While track 4 still could use some EQ to get the instruments separated more, the vocals did not get buried in the mix on that track. It was much brighter sounding and a lot more clear.

Track 5 started out pretty good, but did get a little busy with sounds stepping on each other a bit.

It would simply take a little more time to EQ each track a bit more to give it its own space in the mix. And not have so many frequencies stepping on each other.

Over all it sounds like you got a very good recording going and I really liked the song's.

Some simple EQ work and a little time would sort the others out pretty easily.

Since: Apr 10, 2006

Dec 17, 2008 03:17 pm

thanks for the input, any ideas on how to go about that? i tried slight boosting and notching here and there, i must be dialing it in wrong

Czar of Turd Polish
Since: Jun 20, 2006

Dec 17, 2008 06:15 pm

When I read this thread title all I can think of is the Croc Hunter :)

I will get around to listening as well, sad that most of my free time is at work.

Since: Jan 01, 2009

Jan 01, 2009 05:20 pm

Well I think that sounds very good.
I did think it was a generally a bit 'washy' - as someone else suggested use EQ to separate frequencies and panning can help here too.
Maybe it's the myspace sound effects or... have you got some unusually long reverbs going on in there?
i would have liked it better if the sound was a little punchier - maybe try some multi-pression on the output channel?

Czar of Cheese
Since: Jun 09, 2004

Jan 01, 2009 06:38 pm

I can't offer any sonic advice, but I can say that it sounds very good to my ears. Ok, maybe not "hi-fi", or whatever. The mixes are good and the band is tight. You seem to have captured the essence of the band and it's genre. Thumbs up from here! Was the band happy with the product?

"Bad Form, Peter" That's a great band name!

[EDIT] Really digging the songs! Have listened to all in their entirety. "Alice Marie" is awesome. I love all of the sound effects and the little swirly noises that are in the song.

Since: Apr 10, 2006

Jan 09, 2009 08:38 pm

thanks for the responses, guys. sparky, what do you mean by punchy? i think of a lot of attack and a lot off 800-1000hz. like a slap bass.
and even moreso, what do you mean by multi-pression? multiple limiters and compressors on top of eachother? I already have a limiter on the master, you think it should be compressed more? and not by adjusting the settings on the limiter, but by compressing the compressed signals? i'm intrigued to see you elaborate.

*sticado: short and LOUD!*
Since: Feb 25, 2005

Jan 11, 2009 12:05 pm

a multiband-compressor is usually 3 to 5 compressors that can have their own frequency range. this way u can compress specific areas in the spectrum that peak throughout the songs.

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