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March 4, 2012 8:41 AM

My band has been working on our first self-produced release, and right now I've got a mix that I think sounds pretty good. I haven't done any mastering yet, though that would be the next step.

I'm looking for some feedback on what I have, and any advice people may have on mastering. This link has a zip file with 7 MP3s (29M), and will expire on March 11. I have also posted what I think is the best sounding track here.
posted by InfidelZombie (3 comments total)

BP Song: The vocalist doesn't sound like she's in quite the same space as the band, sonically. I'm guessing vocals and music were tracked separately? you could try putting a little room verb on both the instruments and the voice; stylistically you could also go with a little slapback delay on her vox. I think that'd fit the genre anyway.

In my opinion, guitars and vocals are competing a bit. I would suggest cutting a bit in the 1kHz-3kHz range, so that the bite of the guitars are reduced.

I'd like to hear a little bit more snare and cymbals; they seem lower than the toms. Drums in general need to rock a bit harder, methinks.

hope that helps!
posted by dubold at 9:51 AM on March 4, 2012

It was a lot of help, though it took me a while to let you know. Everybody was happy with the recording last night at practice, so I've posted the final mix. More tracks from the session to follow.

We did do the vocals seperately from the music, but I think the issue was I had reverb on her voice and not on anything else. So I removed that and put some room reverb on everything, and it sounds more together now.

That cut on the guitar worked great, thanks a lot for that one. The drums were done with mics on the kick, snare, and two overhead, direct to a mono track. So I was limited on what I could do there, though I did try to EQ the snare to make it more full.

We did that with the drums because all I had was an old stereo USB input when we tracked the music. That way we could get bass and drums together. Now I've upgraded to the input unSane suggested, so next time I want to do the same mic setup on their own tracks. That would leave two for guitar and bass, so we can get the basic music live. Vocals would still be seperate, but I think we'd have to do that anyway because we're a loud band recording in a garage.

Anyway, thanks again for the help!
posted by InfidelZombie at 9:41 PM on March 28, 2012

Oh good, glad it was helpful. Looking forward to checking out the final mix
posted by dubold at 7:39 AM on March 29, 2012

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