New pop punk/rock mix... advice/critique?

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Member Since: Aug 05, 2004

Just tracked this local band a few weeks back and am working on mixing the first song. Spent a bulk of yesterday on this it, did a few small changes this morning and would love to hear some feedback on the mix if you'd be so kind!

The main thing I'm concerned with is the following:

This is the first song where I've really messed around with drum replacement. I just got drumagog along with the steven slate drum pack and did the kick, snare, and both toms. The original tracks are in there still so it's a blend, but I feel like the snare is really noticeable that its a sample. Any suggestions to help them seem more natural or am I second guessing myself?

Any other mix help/advice would be much appreciated! I was overall pretty impressed with the output considering these kids are all still in high school, youngest being 16 I believe so they're much farther ahead, playing wise, than i was at that time in life! ha.

Here's the song:

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Since: Nov 11, 2007

Feb 09, 2011 06:17 pm

Some of the most popular modern pop punk recordings drums sound 100% like sample replacements to me, so for the genre, I wouldn't worry about it too much personally. Between 1:48 and 2:00ish there's a tone from a tom that's ringing out. I'd isolate the track with the rumbly freq and sweep an EQ over it then knock it down a few db. Didn't hear anything else after 2 listens.

Nice recording for a 16 year old to be able to brag over! You did a good thing.

Edit: I followed your soundcloud website, googled your studio and found an interview you did for a punk magazine in Virginia, Mix 33. Sounds like it's been an adventure for you the last few years!

Czar of Turd Polish
Since: Jun 20, 2006

Feb 09, 2011 06:22 pm

drumagog for the win. can't listen at work but am excited to hear it
Since: Feb 07, 2005

Feb 09, 2011 06:36 pm

What version of the gog did you use? Version 5 looks awesome!

Since: Jan 30, 2011

Feb 10, 2011 12:28 am

I think it sounds rad. The bass tone is sick.
I agree with quincy tho, rumbly toms are the only thing i can hear.
And i would raise the guitar a smidge. The drums and bass and vocals sound good at the levels they are. Otherwise, great job!

Since: Aug 05, 2004

Feb 10, 2011 12:32 am

I'm using drumagog 5, really great UI and very easy to get around... I used version 2 or 3 way back and it was a bit of a pain to use, this version is much easier and is way easier on the eyes as well. Great features too!

Alas, updated mix:

I bussed the kick/snare/toms to a 'crush' bus and brought that up under the kit. Brought guitars all down a few db... i think it really brought the drums out a lot better and added a bit more verb to the snare. Vocal's seemed to be standing out a bit too much, almost as if they were hovering over the mix as opposed to pleasantly on top of it so pulled them down and added a bit more verb to the lead vocal. Also removed a bit of the click from the kick drum and brought it up some.

Thoughts? Thanks for the feedback thus far!

bace135 in the house tonight!
Since: Jan 28, 2003

Feb 10, 2011 12:42 am

I don't know, listening on my laptop speakers, it sounds great! Cool song for the youngsters too.

Since: Nov 08, 2010

Feb 11, 2011 09:44 pm

Yep, I don't listen to that genre much, but the recording , IMO, is top notch, the band is great, the tone is tight, or will be after the tom adjustment, and I think you have a product to be proud of, and one hell of a future in that field. Well done!

Since: Aug 05, 2004

Feb 13, 2011 01:01 am

Did a few tiny adjustments to the mix and did 3 more additional songs from the demo they recorded... two more to mix tomorrow. You can hear all 4 current tracks here:

Opinions? Does anything stick out in any of the songs? I applied the same settings to each song as they're all stylistically very similar and tweaked as need-be on a song by song basis.

Thanks for the advice and feedback!

Czar of Turd Polish
Since: Jun 20, 2006

Feb 13, 2011 01:57 am

I think it sounds great. The toms rumble a tad, fix that and I think it's golden.

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