Help on a project panning parts etc... open for suggestions

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by starmusicdigital, Jul 1, 2004.

  1. My situation

    How do you get audio to sound pro studio cd ready quality. I do the mixing right, i play all the parts right, and I master with all the best plug ins, but then i have noise issues and problems hearing other parts in the mix I need help with panning these parts and/or using some of these plugings i have to touch it up to sound great

    and is there any suggestions for recording vocals?

    I have a makie 1202 going through a quadra verb, and an alesis 3630 compresor. then going to my makie 1604, then to the recorder. I have a MXL V63M, im singing for vocals. recorded in stereo.

    Just to give you an idea what im mixing with

    a makie 1604 vlz pro
    a makie 1202 vlz pro
    BR-532
    Alesis 3630 compresor
    Alesis Quadra Verb

    all tracks converted to audio .wav files on a PC platform and then put into cool edit pro, where each track is mastered, then mixed down to one .wav file then mastered as one song.

    All audio is listened and mixed down over M-Audio bx5's w/optional subwoofer, and celestian speaker cabs (15") with a makie FR Series 1400 watt amp.

    I just need help getting everything to sound Cd quality and to pro studio standards, any suggestions are appreciated.

    I would be happy to hand the tracks over to someone willing to take the time and master these onto a pro tools system or anything you have to touch it up : ) but not to steal my work.

    So if there is anyone out there willing to help me on this mix that would be great


    here is what i have so far:
    https://home.comcast.net/~aguilfoy/whatihave.mp3

    right click "save target as" to save the music to your computer and then listen.
     
  2. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

    I would suggest reading a couple of books or maybe taking a recording class. There are a lot of things you are trying to juggle at once and I think it best that you start with the basics. It's taken many years and many dedicated experts to get the results that you are trying to achieve. I would first start by going to the book store and getting a book on recording and or mixing. you can also read many of the threads in these forums.
     
  3. housefukr

    housefukr Guest

    i've personally found Mackie mixers to be great for live shows but extremely noisy for recording. Maybe try losing the mackies ?
     
  4. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Well-Known Member

    Not to but too fine a line on this question but you keep saying you want "pro results" but the gear you listed is not really professional in nature. Most of the gear you have listed is GREAT for PA use or for demo tracks but not for doing pro quality recording or producing pro quality CDs.

    As someone else suggested you should go to the local library or on line and do a lot of reading you should also think about what it is that you are very good at and concentrate on that. If you are a good musician maybe have a friend do the recording and then take the material to a pro for mastering. Most people cannot do everything well so they do what they can well and leave the rest to someone else. It takes really good equipment and really good ears and a lot of experience to do professional level recording and the skill set for recording and for playing an instrument is not the same skill level you need for mastering or for mixdowns.

    It is great that you want to do everything but maybe you are taking on more than you can juggle all at the same time. I have a friend who is a world class lute player.. He travels around the world playing the lute. He is not a good recording engineer though he tries to do his own recording to "save money" The place he plays his lute is not good acoustically. He cannot start and stop the equipment without making some noise and the microphone he uses to record with leaves much to be desired in terms of a good sound for the lute. My friend is always asking me how he can make his recording sound more "professional" and I keep telling him to have someone else do the recording while he concentrates on doing the playing. So far he has not headed my advice but he has upgraded his equipment. His is recordings still sound less than professional because he has not upgraded the space in which he plays and he refuses to have someone else do the recording for him while he plays. Maybe eventually he will listen to me.
    Hope this helps.

    Best of luck and let everyone here know how things are coming along.



    -TOM-
     

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