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audio Mix Help for Psychedelic Rock song.

Discussion in 'Fix This MIX!' started by Jeff83, Dec 20, 2015.

  1. Jeff83

    Jeff83 Active Member


    I am new to the forum so please forgive me if I am going against any rules, that I don't know about.

    My band have recorded and album in our own studio space and I am now trying to mix it. I am uploading a instrumental track from this to see if anyone has any advice on the general mix, I am interested to see how others think it sounds in terms of a finished product really. I am finding it hard to write, play, arrange and mix by myself. I am also finding it hard to deal with all the low end especially the Bass and Kick.




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  2. DogsoverLava

    DogsoverLava Active Member

    I've got to say I like drummer - but I assume there are vocals to go with this? I think you need to mix with the vocals (full tracks) - any more time spent on the mix without them will be a waste. (I like what I hear though)

    If you don't have vocals for this track - get them - this is not an instrumental - it's ready for vocals. If you don't have a vocalist - find one.
  3. Jeff83

    Jeff83 Active Member


    Thanks for the reply, yes there are vocals to go down. I just had some time before I could get back into the studio to record them, so decided to start getting a skeleton mix done now, to save time.

    I am glad you like what you hear so far though.

    Thanks again.
  4. DogsoverLava

    DogsoverLava Active Member

    I be curious what the pros here think -- My assumption is that anything beyond a quick mix - like any deeper EQing or compressing etc that happens as a interim mix or mix on the go can paint you into a corner and eventually deafen you to the possibilities inherent in the song otherwise. Can anyone maybe give a little workflow and mix primer that addresses this in terms of what they do?
  5. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    I think it's a cool groove, and it has that "Spirit In The Sky" kinda vibe to it; you've definitely captured the essence of a time when this kind of stuff was popular.

    I do think the low end is too heavy. I like the power and the weight, but it's pretty dense in that region, and there's a lot of energy there that is making things muddy.

    I'd like to hear more presence and "room" on the toms, they seem to be pretty dead. I don't think you need to add much of either, I'm not talking about swamping them or anything, but a nice room-type reverb, along with some top end, would add "power" to them. As they are right now, they're dead-sounding, IMO, they need to be more "live" sounding, although I'll say that the drummer is keeping great time and creating a nice pocket.

    Personally, I don't have a problem with setting up "mixes" along the way, even before a song has all its tracks recorded; if I've got an idea in my head as to how I want the song to ultimately sound, it can be beneficial to get mixes started down the path that I feel it needs to be. I also think that doing so can help the vocalists ( or soloists), as it gives those performers support - a stronger musical foundation from which to record their parts. It's easier for a singer to be more dyamic, emotional, passionate, if they can "feel" the power or emotion of the song they are singing.

    But, I also leave myself wide open to changes that can occur as a result of those added final tracks, too. This would include Levels, EQ, GR, FX.
    I don't lock myself down to a pre-mix, nor do I like forcing the added parts to work with what's already there, because you don't yet know what those final tracks will bring, and how they can affect the song on the whole.
    Until you have all the tracks in play, you don't really know what will happen, as those added tracks can often change the way the other tracks will sound and sit in the mix, in relation to what you've added.



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