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how to turn a demo into something special...?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by darryl-marlin, Mar 10, 2005.

  1. hi peeps...

    have just recieved the wav's from my bands last recording session and although we have a working demo cd it just sounds a little flat and souless... so having rebuilt my pc with dual hd's and investing in sonar 2 (from music creator) am going to try a mix... i've done some simple stuff (git and vox, maybe a harp!) but this is 18 tracks!! i've trawled the forum and picked up loads (thank you) but am still a little daunted... where to start mixing a whole band... etc etc...

    any advise would be great or maybe just your golden rules!! also anybody who wanted the wav's to mix it themselves would be welcome... part of the reason i am learning is to keep costs down!!

    many thanks.... darryl of the marlins.

    ps... its raw indie rock n roll....
  2. David French

    David French Distinguished Member

    Jun 19, 2002
    One thing you can do is hire a professional mix engineer to mix the tracks while you watch. This can be a great learning experience plus you get a nice mix.
  3. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    David is right

    and I'll grind over a point I have made regularly

    this is a big advantage of THAT DAW software that people love to hate

    you can do stuff at home and then take it to as specialist and as David said ...
    watch and learn

    I have had people come to me and if told up front what is going on I am happy to do it
    I will let people take away my session with all plugs and mix in tact

    all I ask is for a simple credit ... and to be paid
    even if they do adjust the mix and add their name to the credit
    ... that's cool
    even IF my name is in second spot

    IF they burn me I just don't do a job for them again ever ...
    that may not seem like much BUT there has been occasions that people have wanted me back ... but I have made my choice and am prepared to stick with it

    last note
    when people are up front and have a master [plan I have also been prepared to record, produce and/or mix for people and NOT get a credit at all

    this is a complicated business and when fully explained anything can make sense

    technology has brought a very different world to video and audio production so the rules continually change
  4. Golden Rule #1 -- If you want a special recording, start by recording something special.

    Here's a good article on mixing by Jezar called, "How To Mix A Pop Song From Scratch".

    Have fun.
  5. george745

    george745 Guest

    Good advice. :cool: Definitly Read the article. I started reading it and it's great advice. I put a copy of it in the studio so whoever's recording can pick it up and learn about mixing. Highly recommended.

    If you just want to fool around on your own my suggestion. is solo each track and get it to sound right by itself. Then mix the track one instrument at a time.

    Start with the drums and get all the levels right and sounding right. Then add bass get it to match up, guitars, solos, ect. this seems to work for me but a good profesional mix will add a lot to it. It also depends on what you want to do with the demo

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