by Brother Charles; Thu Nov 08, 2012 4:17 pm
On the guitar solo, I'm hearing some cool guitar tone reminiscent of Ace Frehley's early KISS era. Is the guitar playing a little "loose" in a few spots? A little bit of wave editing could really tighten it up for you.
The chaotic synths do a good job of adding a degree of "tension" while the other instruments retain the compositional factors well.
Would you mind if I suggested that you use a little subtractive EQing on the guitar, keyboards and drums tracks? There is some unnecessary low mid energy muddying your mix at the 380hz - 440hz range (-3dB). I don't think it would detract from the nice warmth of your mix to add a little bit of sheen up around 13k - 16k (+1dB shelf) on the master output.
Try a very narrow cut of about 2dB @ 120hz, and add 1.5dB - 2.0dB @ 2.4k, on your kick. All of a sudden, I'll bet that your bass will spring to life even more, and your kick will have more punch and definition. I suspect that you wouldn't have to alter your compression settings. Just sayin . . . .
My listen left me with the impression of a good band "kicking it" in a decent basement studio. For this genre of music, the drier, direct sound works quite well.
Good job, mate.
by seismic1; Thu Nov 08, 2012 5:38 pm
by mrblitz; Fri Nov 09, 2012 1:31 am
anyway, the waveform for 'strumpet' with maxwell smart ('limiter') is 'way different' than it was with de la mancha sixty-65 ('compressor')
also, speaking of that last tune - swiss miss - i've re-done that mix, also with (among other 'new' things) maxwell smart. the renoise file for that is available. the mix is/was problematic, in part because the drum track actually has a guitar part mixed in with it; a guitar part having nothing to do with this song, and even being in a different key. in any event, i really like this drum performance by trent65. in this mix, the drums are 'beefed up' and hopefully the bass is a bit more 'clear'.
Swiss Miss remix and Renoise file...
as always, thanks for the listens/comments!
by Brother Charles; Fri Nov 09, 2012 1:36 am
Thank you very much for listening to my suggestions and being willing to give them a whirl. Your new mix makes your fine composition come to life much better than before.
What do you think, fellows?
There's a more professional-sounding definition happening now. Your original emphasis on "warmth" remains intact. You've enhanced it by: "excluding" unnecessary low mid overtones, and "including" some upper spectrum polish.
When I listened to your track as it was originally, I found it a little fatiguing in the low mid spectrum. Now, the audio fatigue is greatly eliminated and harmonics are "allowed" to be heard. The HF sounds well-balanced with the low end. There's a bit more "room" for the various elements to blend together. The kick and bass are not arm-wrestling for the same frequency space.
by mrblitz; Fri Nov 09, 2012 2:01 am
as for the guitar and tightness/looseness... the main thing that bugs me about it are a couple of the bends. you were correct in comparing it to ace frehley, as that is exactly what i was going for (at least toward the beginning of the solo... later i was going for 'vinnie vincent' (lol)).
back in the day, ace's bends were always 'perfect' and a couple of these here aren't as exact in that regard. i can't even remember what was going on whilst tracking; in the past, my bends were always right where they needed to be. it could be i couldn't hear myself during the tracking (because of my set-up; long story short). it could be i'm getting old; idk.
given my level of practice (not professional); there are always bound to be some anomalies in the performances. i like to keep it a bit 'real' so that, if ever there were to be a gig, the audience expectations wouldn't be too high based upon a recording.
anyway, thanks for all of the feedback...
by layzer; Sat Nov 10, 2012 2:24 am
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