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Comments and Help on Track I recorded yesterday.

Discussion in 'Recording' started by D-Twizzle, Feb 11, 2005.

  1. D-Twizzle

    D-Twizzle Guest

    Last night I recorded a song for one of my friends. He raps, but it's NOT gangsta rap, so please be open minded to listening. I've only done a premix and was hoping if i can have some suggestions. I used a little hardware compression coming in, haven't used any software compression yet. I don't think it needs to be, but let me know if you think it does. On the verses, I made a copy and made a +/- stereo delay - and mixed it in 6db lower so it's just subtle. On the Hook, I had him rap a double. On the double, I did a +/- stereo delay and kept it at the same level so it's much louder. If I can have opinions on what you might do to mix it better, I'd appreciate it.
    The other big problem I'm having is the ESSSSSSSS'ing.
    I have some plugins that are supposed to De-Es, but I haven't used it yet. Do I highlight the whole vocal track and run the de-esser? Or do I only highlight the parts in the track that have the SSS sound.

    I'd really appreciate any help/comments given as I'm new to recording and feedback, even bad feedback, will only get me better.

    Here's the link...
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    Oh, quick reference on my gear.
    MXL v67g mic
    behringer autocom compressor
    behringer ub802 mixer
    delta 66 sound card
    adobe audition
    I know my hardware is very entry level, but it's all I had budgeted.
  2. jblack

    jblack Guest

    It sounds better than most indie hip-hop I've heard. I think your're on the right track with the mix. I'd try to "warm" up the lead vocal a bit to give it more presence.

    Who did the instrumental music/sampling for this song?
  3. MadTiger3000

    MadTiger3000 Active Member

    Nov 16, 2004
    I grooved to it. I am not hating. He is not the best lyricist or rapper. The production is not the best. But you have energy and skillz that cannot be denied.

    I know this post is more about the engineering, but I think that the lyrics don't really "match" sample "Dead or Alive." Eric B could have been sampled on the chorus: "Ch-Ch-Ch-Check out my melody." or something like that.

    Keep up the work, bro'.

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