mix critique Who We Are: "Every Now and When"

kmetal

Kyle P. Gushue
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Sounds cool on my phone Kevin. I would consider looking for spots to add little accents and ear candy. Delay throws, verb automation, backwards verb, speaker phone effect, ect ect. Just little things to highlight moments, and create movement within the mix.
 

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Sounds cool on my phone Kevin. I would consider looking for spots to add little accents and ear candy. Delay throws, verb automation, backwards verb, speaker phone effect, ect ect. Just little things to highlight moments, and create movement within the mix.

Hi Kyle - this was the task I set to in the total remix. Thanks SOOO much for the nod in that direction! When you get a chance, throw on some headphones on a high fi system and turn it up loud. I get what you're saying about the ear candy stuff - akin to what Sheryl Crow does for percussive elements and other assorted sonic niceties on her productions.

Your profile lists you as Boston area. Are you familiar with Q Division Studios there? My cousin Mike started that studio w/ his childhood friend Jon. Mike's mom is my Dad's sis.
 

kmetal

Kyle P. Gushue
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Hi Kyle - this was the task I set to in the total remix. Thanks SOOO much for the nod in that direction! When you get a chance, throw on some headphones on a high fi system and turn it up loud. I get what you're saying about the ear candy stuff - akin to what Sheryl Crow does for percussive elements and other assorted sonic niceties on her productions.

Your profile lists you as Boston area. Are you familiar with Q Division Studios there? My cousin Mike started that studio w/ his childhood friend Jon. Mike's mom is my Dad's sis.

Ah yes Q Division, they have been around for many years. They did the Dropkick Murphy's song which became a staple at sporting events. They have a Neve console i believe. If i recall Tony Masserati got his start there in the 80's before moving to NY. Ive never been but it seems to be a great place, i did my work for a guy based in Rhode Island. Q Division is one of the few Boston based commercial studios still around.

Funny what a small world it is! Looking forward to hearing your album.
 

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Ah yes Q Division, they have been around for many years. They did the Dropkick Murphy's song which became a staple at sporting events. They have a Neve console i believe. If i recall Tony Masserati got his start there in the 80's before moving to NY. Ive never been but it seems to be a great place, i did my work for a guy based in Rhode Island. Q Division is one of the few Boston based commercial studios still around.

Funny what a small world it is! Looking forward to hearing your album.

When I was in the gear biz, back in the early 80s, I used to get stuff at cost from the manufacturers. We'd purchase it through retailers. I've fond memories of driving around beantown w/ my cuz buying up gear he wanted at cost to start his new studio. Mike went on to make national hits. He was one of my first fans ... and told me he went into music because of his impressions of when I played the piano at his house (I was the "cool cousin"). It's life.

Mike died a couple years back from colon cancer. Aimee Mann and Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne - Mike produced "Stacy's Mom has got it going on") played at his memorial.

Life moves forward, even in covid times.

Thanks so much for your excellent advice. You really helped focus my thoughts on the ear candy in the mix.
 

kmetal

Kyle P. Gushue
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When I was in the gear biz, back in the early 80s, I used to get stuff at cost from the manufacturers. We'd purchase it through retailers. I've fond memories of driving around beantown w/ my cuz buying up gear he wanted at cost to start his new studio. Mike went on to make national hits. He was one of my first fans ... and told me he went into music because of his impressions of when I played the piano at his house (I was the "cool cousin"). It's life.

Mike died a couple years back from colon cancer. Aimee Mann and Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne - Mike produced "Stacy's Mom has got it going on") played at his memorial.

Life moves forward, even in covid times.

Thanks so much for your excellent advice. You really helped focus my thoughts on the ear candy in the mix.

That's a great story. I always felt i was too late to the game in the studio world, i missed the golden age, which Mike was able to be a part of, and contribute to in a recognized way.

Having been unable to do studio stuff for a couple years, i started listening to music more casually again. The big difference i notice between big productions and modest ones, is arrangement, and movement / ear candy in the mix. Great mixes seem to "never have a dull moment". While easier said than done i find it something useful, having spent so much time getting the technical things up to snuff, it seems to me to be the "next level".

One time my mentor asked to to approach a new mix by notating the ear candy, arrangement moves, ect first, while the mix was fresh. To be creative first, then get analytical. I thought it was an interesting excercise.

All the best Kevin!
 
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