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I've got a small recordingstudio and a friend of mine came and recorded this: http://soundcloud.c…"]Hero by Nutti_ on SoundCloud - Create, record and share your sounds for free[/]="http://soundcloud.c…"]Hero by Nutti_ on SoundCloud - Create, record and share your sounds for free[/]

It's just a mixdown and not mastered but I wanted to hear your opinions on this since it's my first mixdown for someone other than me.

Thanks for any tip, guideline and opinion on this!


RemyRAD Mon, 09/17/2012 - 12:03

Good effort, but wrong execution. Here's the problem:

First, you have made a monaural mix. It's not stereo, it's mono. That means everything is the same in both channels. What we call, dual channel mono. So it's the same thing coming out of both speakers, but there is no stereo. There is no separation between anything between the left and right channels. We've had stereo since the mid-1930s. It started with Fantasia by Disney. That's where you have different sound sources coming out both the left and right channels. Not out of both channels equally. Because that's mono.

This is a very subdued, and non-dynamic music track. It's pleasant, but contains no information to differentiate between left and right channels. Because your panoramic potentiometers (pan pot) is set to straight up 12 noon position on everything in the music track. Most of this is coming from a electronic keyboard instrument. Most of these instruments have left and right outputs, which should be panned left and right. Channel one, left and Channel 2, right out of the electronic keyboard. So when we go to the left channel of your mix and the other would go to the right channel of your mix. If the keyboard synthesizer track is a single mono track, it's not stereo. The only way then to get stereo from a single mono track would be to add some electronic time delay based stereo simulation such as stereo chorusing, stereo flanging, stereo time delays to simulate some stereo spread of the music track.

The vocal sounds nice, but because of his wimpy delivery, you need to include some fairly aggressive, dynamic range compression on his vocal track. Limiting is the same as compression, it is generally more aggressive to only limit peaks. Whereas compression is more akin to automatic volume control, where it will raise his lower volume levels to higher volume levels and lower a higher Vian levels to lower volume levels. This makes the vocal much more present with higher articulation and putting his vocal into a nice compact little ball of sound that will neither be too loud or too soft on a consistent level. This then lets you place that vocal within the mix so that his voice does not get lost, when he wimps out. And it's a wimpy vocal to begin with. Less than that of a crooner. He never takes a proper breath. He is trying to sing with half of a lung of stale air. And that's not singing, that's mumbling. He needs some direction in his delivery. But that's neither here nor there. He wanted to double his vocal, which actually probably would help. But you already have some kind of time delayed doubling already going on. Again, that too, again is Mono, and not stereo. The doubling effect you have added should appear as a stereo signal, which would then take a single mono vocal track into 2 vocal tracks for left and right stereo. You are doing something way wrong in your mixing to make everything mono. This is what that pan control is for, which would not be needed if the vocal track shows as two waveforms in a single timeline channel or two separate timeline tracks, one for left and one for right and multi-track software, all of them, have provisions for doing this in some manner. Each multi-track software package handles this differently. Some will not allow a stereo track in a single timeline channel. With that the singletrack must be split to 2 separate tracks/channels, in the timeline. So depending upon your multi-track software package, this single mono channel vocal track may have to be slid into two separate timeline channels? ProTools would be a good example of that. Sony Vegas, Adobe Audition and others, allow for a stereo track in a single timeline channel. ProTools doesn't. So your question about your mix also lacks any technical information for which we could help you with. Kind of like a doctor it hurts when I do this question. And you're not even showing what this is? Like saying to the doctor, I don't feel good, without specifying what doesn't feel good? Is it your toe? Your tummy? Or your head? Fingers? Shoulder? Hips? What doesn't feel good?

One of the things you must do before you begin a mix is to start with a reference CD of a major hit release. Then you'll hear what's stereo sounds like. Compare it to yours and you will know that you are not in stereo, but dual channel mono. So this needs a lot of work. Nobody records a hit on their first try. If they do? It's totally dumb luck. And you haven't exactly been lucky from the get-go. Mixing music is an intricate and can be quite involved and complex. It's not just pushing up volume controls, and adding effects plug-ins. You have to think in stereo, because you hear in stereo. This would be fine for monaural AM radio. But the vocals would still sound wimpy, because they have no dynamics processing to keep its level consistent. So, you first need to add some compression to his vocal before you add any effects. And depending upon your software, the vocal may have to be in two timeline channels? With both similar and different processing on both channels to create a stereo vocal track with some stereo spatial spread. Right now it is a lump of mud. And to get the mud out, you will need to add some equalization by boosting midrange frequencies. You will also need to roll off or cut some bass. Once compressed, you can add some time delay flanging effects to give the vocal a spacious stereo sound. Too much and you will get crap. Just enough and it will spring to life in stereo. Stereo also means there is a differential in timing between instrumental sources that can be placed left and right differently in the mix. So how many channels, are you mixing? You have provided no technical information? This is not ready for a prime time release. In fact, it's not ready to release to anybody. You could release it to the trash can, however? So, basically, you need to start again. Because in your mix, if one separates the left from the right channel and inverts the phase on one channel, in mono, it would cancel and you would have no sound at all. And you don't get stereo by just flipping or inverting the phase of a single channel. You can get a stereo effect by having the same vocal channel on two timeline tracks, where one track is phase inverted to the other. But when the mix would be played and listened to on a monaural radio, the vocal would completely cancel out and you would have no vocal at all. So that's not stereo either. Stereo will mean time delay shifts that are different between the left and right channel in the timing of the delays. Because if you work with the same delay time, it will still be mono sounding and the vocal will still cancel in mono. You have to first understand what stereo really is before you can mix a stereo song. I think of stereo as three channels, and not two. So you think and left, center and right. I cannot provide for, you here, a full lesson on stereo mixing technique, especially without any technical information about the recording whatsoever.

All synthesizer keyboard instruments, have stereo outputs. The only exception to that rule are very old synthesizers, which had only a single output jack. And they were not stereo, synthesizers. And they were monaural. To create stereo with those, you would have to record an additional separate synthesizer track so that you have 2 tracks of synthesizer. The second track, synthesizer would have to have different settings and instrumental sounds to make it different. Physically, from the first synthesizer track you laid down. Then each one of those tracks would go respectively to left and/or right channels each. Creating a stereo musical effect. The vocal can remain a mono single track, but stereo time delay effects would be added for separate left and right channel information. While the vocals still remains centered. Then only the effects would actually be in stereo. This will give the vocals some spaciousness that would be spread out in stereo and not dual channel mono. Again, this is why that pan control is so important. It's not like the stereo balance on your hi-fi amplifier, when it is a single mono track. The balance control on your hi-fi amplifier balances the left and right channels. A pan pot on a single monaural track utilizes the panoramic potentiometer (pan pot) to simply position what speaker, that mono track will appear to come from. So that's not a balance control, but a positioner, whereas the one on your stereo system is the balance control. So balance and position are different functions. Even though the control looks like and is labeled the same. It ain't. It's a positioner and not a balance control. It's only a balance control, if that single channel timeline track shows two waveforms in the single channel track. Then the pan pot becomes a balance control, and not a position oriented control. And that's the way it works in software. It's different when working on a analog or digital audio console/mixer. And again, you have provided no technical information?

So let's try this again? Take two.
Mx. Remy Ann David

kmetal Mon, 09/17/2012 - 23:17

in addition to remy comments, i would like to add a couple. First i wonder if the mono happened during the bounce i know in PT and Digtal performer, and pretty much every DAW, they ask you what you would like to 'bounce down' to.

I heard the vocs get pitchy around 2:20. I would also ask the singer to re-do the vocs w/ more convition. Then i would probably double, and perhaps add some low/high harmonies as an effect.

also, i'm not a fan of the drum reverb, to me it sounds 'dated' from the mid 80s, perhaps cheesy? Please don't take that as an insult. If you can't find a better verb unit/pluggin, i would roll off the highs and upper mids, or construct spatial information w/ a few delays.

Also the delay on the shaker is a bit off putting to me. Generally if you want the delay as an 'effect' you wouldn't sync it to the tempo, which sounds to me like what you were going for. You hear this all the time on reggae tunes, where the swarming echo creeps up outa nowhere on the vocs, and trails off fff ff ff f. In a more prominent rhythmic element, like a shaker, or snare, i tend to sync the delays to the tempo, either by ear, or using a freeware tempo calculator, or some plug-insoffer syncing to the 'conductor' or tempo timeline programmed into the session.

The overall balance sounded good, barring the already mentioned vocal issues. But there is some fundamental problems i think w/ the song itself. There is little 'momentum' Shure the vocal doubles help, but if you listen to alot of commercial songs they build, release, build, build, release. Ya know what i mean. I look at songs like a book or movie, it's the same manipulation. I'm not saying use a pop formula, but overall it's a very stagnant song, like going on a motorcycle ride and accelling to one speed, and staying at the same speed, no twist and turns, just straight ahead, until the ride is over. i would go about introducing even more instrumentation, then maybe pull it back. That last chorus should really really be epic. This is of course creative choices, but the idea of a good song is to hold the listeners interest, this could be as simple as hand claps, and interesting noise, some ooohs/ahhhhs, whatever.

Great mixes don't make great songs. listen to how really bad black sabboth, or old blues recordings sound. some of 'em will make the hair on your arms stand up, crappy sounding or not.

Good job on your first attempt, just needs some work from square one. Good luck!

Nutti Tue, 09/18/2012 - 07:45

Thanks for all the feedback!

I'm not at my recording computor at this point so I can't give you guys all the info needed, have to get back to you on that one...but I'll take whats in my head.

About the song: The artist is a guy who hope to get som pub gigs with this kind of material and has just resently started playing music. So yes, it's not a great song but it had a emotional meaning for him and was written to his granpa who passed away a few years ago. I myself is a vocalist with 10years on my neck with knowledge based on "complete vocal technique" and I never got satisfied with the vocal recordings...I think we did them 15 times with me trying to explain how he should sing to get the vocals sounding strong and bright and not so dry and boring as they wined up to be. The final take was the best I could get out of him, it's out of tune in places, non carismatic and stiff as a line with no color. Vocal harmonies was totally out of the question...he could'nt sing in another tune than the original take. So I just gave up and figured it was not my song.

Now to the mix... I'm using cubase 4le and did the panning as I thought was right and everything sounded well spread. Don't think I had anything other than fluthe, bass, shaker and tamborine panned center, the rest is supposed to be panned of center. But I think something happened down the road...First I did the audio mixdown in cubase as split channels left and right. Then I opened them in as a new project and patched both channels seperate through my Behringer sonic exiter to get a little bit more crisp and bass to the whole mix. And after that I did a audio mixdown as stereo mixdown witch gave this result of the file I uploaded. Any ideas where it went wrong? I'm a bit shamed to have lost the stereo mix somewhere along the road without noticing it and can't figure out where it happened.

These are the instuments inclueded in the mix:
6 string acustic guitar, twin miked with a Behringer B2 and a Oktava ml52
12 string acustic guitar, twin miked with a Behringer B2 and a Oktava ml52
5 string electric bass
a fluthe
a syntheziser used for strings only
a small cabasa, dubble shaker, egg shaker and a tamburine
vocals, twin miked with a Behringer B2 and a Oktava ml52

The doubling effect on the vocals is actually made from 2 takes that sounded as alike as possible. Theres not much done in the box other than volume and panning. For EQ I'm using a Behringer xenyx xl2400 and a Behringer ultragain pro preamp for vocals. A Behringer mdx2600 comp/limiter was used and a Behringer virtualiser pro was used for fx. I route channels seperatly through them and record the processed ones again, so I end up maxing out the channels in cubase since I wan't to keep the original ones.

As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, I'm not near my studio computer, but if you guys want the exact signal chain process I can write it down tomorrow and post it here. Every channels seperate signal chain and processing. Just let me know if you need it, it might take a while to write it down :)

RemyRAD Tue, 09/18/2012 - 22:32

Your software has the ability to mix down to a combined single stereo track. I think that's where the Mono thing happened? So you indicated that you mixed down as a split dual track mix down. So you took your stereo mix and printed it as a Mono track. You went back and did the same thing again. And of course your stereo would then be Mono. So you have left and right combined as a single track going to the left channel. And the left and right combined as a single track going to the right channel. And that is Mono. You would have to rethink your mixing in your software. You can create a single stereo track that could then be split to two separate tracks, if you want to process your left and right tracks separately. But there is no reason to do that. None whatsoever. No advantage. There is no problem processing stereo tracks. In fact that's the way to do it. So you're taking this through too many steps. I know you are struggling with his vocal sound and performance. Not everybody can be Pavarotti or Joe Cocker. Thank God for that. I had a similar problem with a very good rock 'n roll friend of mine. He wanted that kind of raspy rock 'n roll vocal. And he did it in sort of a whisper where you wanted powerful. I worked with them for a couple of hours on that. Demonstrating to him. Doing it myself. Showing him videos of Steve Tyler also. He just didn't know how to push the air. Didn't know how to get down and dirty sounding. Suggested maybe I should do his vocals? Since I did them so well. No. Though I have done back up for a number of rock bands that couldn't sing their own backups. So I tried to show them how to do it. And they just wanted me to do it so I did. In three-part harmony. I also played some tricks trying to make myself sound different on each one of the passes. On one pass, normal speed. Another pass, hiring speed. The last pass lower in speed. Same trick that the Beatles used.

In talking about what the Beatles used, they both worked and it didn't. It worked if you played their records at the proper speed. But back in those times, radio station competition was fierce. So there was a rock 'n roll radio format known as " MUCH MORE MUSIC ". What that meant was that this particular station was able to play more songs per hour than their competition. There's only 60 minutes in an hour. So the only way to get more songs or, much more music, was to slightly speed up the turntable. When you do that, the music becomes more up-tempo, brighter, more exciting sounding. But when they played a Beatles record, they would start sounding like Alvin and the chipmunks, LOL. I wonder why LOL? Because they were already partially speeded up. Then the radio station just speeded them up some more and you get Alvin. Thankfully that format has gone by the wayside. Now stations just have commercial free hours. It's better than hearing Alvin do HELTER-SKELTER.

OK Dave!
Mx. Remy Ann David

Nutti Wed, 09/19/2012 - 05:19

Great! thanks for the info! I deleted the first version from soundcloud now that I got the feedback needed.

I'll try to find some time to do a new mixdown today and upload it so you can check the new version out later. More comp on vocals with some midrange to it and then I'll try a plug verb on perc instead of the behringer....

I'll be back!

Nutti Mon, 09/24/2012 - 09:09

Hi all!

I finally got the time to get in the studio today and this is what I did to the mix.

- Added compression to the vocals and added 2db @ 1,5k and 4k
- Replaced the percussion reverb with a studio verb
- Found out what caused the mono problem!

The mono issue happens when I send the stereo file out from my interface! It only has mono in/out so when I sent the file to the exiter it cutted it down to mono so I just get a mono signal back into the audio interface. What can I do about this? Any ideas??

Anyways, here's the mixdown again...any thoughts?

[[url=http://[/URL]="http://soundcloud.c…"]Hero mixdown by Nutti_ on SoundCloud - Create, record and share your sounds for free[/]="http://soundcloud.c…"]Hero mixdown by Nutti_ on SoundCloud - Create, record and share your sounds for free[/]

Nutti Wed, 09/26/2012 - 00:14

It's a hercules 16/12 fw but I can clearly hear a stereo image while mixing and after I uploaded it on soundcloud. But I can't take that stereo file and run it from the interface output trough my sonic exiter and back in again without it downgrading to mono. But maby I should start a new thread about this, the main question was about the mixdown that I uploaded in my previous post.

RemyRAD and kmetal had some opinions about the last one and I would like to hear your judgement on this one please :)

hueseph Wed, 09/26/2012 - 07:13

The returns from the ExCiter need to be panned hard left and right otherwise you are still returning a mono signal.

As far as the song is concerned: I agree with kmetal. The singer needs more conviction. I personally don't think the doubling is helping. This is something where a the "producer" in you needs to take control. I mean "producer" in the traditional sense not the "I make beats" sense. The phrasing doesn't work for me and I would do my darnest to get him to sing it a little differently. It's hard to put into words. Well not so hard but hard enough that typing it out would take more effort than I'm willing to put in right now. Maybe later. He sounds like he's trying too hard to sound like someone else and for me that never works.

I would try to keep those vocals as dry as possible. I would gate them even to avoid as much room noise as possible. It sounds like an intimate song to me and I would want to maintain that kind of atmosphere. If there were any vocal doubling involved I would want them to be a harmony only.

The doubling on the guitar in the picking part I could do without as well. It sounds fine for the strumming.

The string synth doesn't work for me at all. I would prefer a very subtle and sparse piano part during the verse. Stronger during the chorus.

I like the flute and that's the one place where I might add some reverb and maybe a bit of delay. Flute can sound haunting and it should sound haunting in this song IMHO. I would like the flautist to hang on some of those notes a little longer though. Some of the stops are a bit abrupt or not abrupt enough. Play what you mean and mean what you play.

I'm not trying to be overly critical. I'm sorry if it comes off that way. I just think you can bring this to a higher potential. You did a fine job recording it. It's just the production that needs help in my ears.

RemyRAD Thu, 09/27/2012 - 12:18

It's TURD polishing time again here at the old Recording.ORG corral. This kind of has that almost groovy like Moody Blues feel to it. But here's how I think it might be improved? His doubling, ain't quite there yet. What you really need to do is composite a single take out of the two vocals. Then you need to crunch the holy be Jesus out of his vocal. Some kind of tube oriented, optical compressor. Not too fast an attack time. Not too fast in the release time. No look ahead. Around 4:1, like, 20 DB gain reduction on his loudest delivery. Then go ahead and also grab the De-esser plug-in. The condenser microphone you are using on his voice, really doesn't work on his voice. That's a voice that would be better off with a SM58 and an additional foam pop filter.

To keep that Moody Blues kind of feel on his vocal, instead of him doubling himself, it can still be accomplished quite nicely from surely one of your available presets in your multi-track audio software? You can shift pitch without changing time, change time without shifting pitch, low frequency oscillator clocking the delay, differently between the left and right channels. Eh, voilà! It's that or pitch correct both of his tracks.

You're never getting be able to get this person to deliver the performance that they are incapable of delivering. So you really just need to capture their essence. I remember when I first saw Joe Cocker. At first I thought it was like a standup comedian? Until I realized it wasn't an act. That's just his essence. He gives a great performance and he's fun to watch. Never thought much about his vocal delivery any further than I did Bob Dylan. So it's how to capture that essence. That is aiming to say the vocal also reeks of cheap condenser microphone thingy syndrome. This guy needs a microphone with a boost in the upper midrange and not in the high frequency range. Then you need to compress him enough to sustain his chest resonance. He only sings on available air. He never takes a proper breath. Never uses proper support. And so what you get is what you get. So ya need more of the personality and less of the audio fidelity as your criteria. He's got a lightweight growl that you need to capture.

So to review... microphone into preamp into compressor into recorder. If ya have no hardware compression? All is not lost. No. You just need to get a little more aggressive in your processing. So maybe along with the compression, ya also want some downward expansion. Otherwise I think you'll sound more like he's in the bathroom than he already is? Great vocal booth concept, though.

I think this guy could benefit from some heavy hip-hop style pitch correction? But only if you compress and limit him hard and add a ton of EQ before and after compressing and limiting. Don't forget the downward expansion to clean up the room acoustics the microphone will be sucking up from the processing. That's all ya need.

Wasn't that simple?
Mx. Remy Ann David

kmetal Fri, 09/28/2012 - 03:26

+1 Yeah i'd do away w/ the doubling, unless they were heavily pitch/time corrected in the vain of, (ugh can't believe i'm saying this), mainstream pop. You can use a stereo pitch shift pluggin, put one side .5cents down, the other, .5cents up. pan em maybe 10:30 and 1:30. this is a nice simple way to create a 'harmonizer' effect. Not the whole time, just maybe chorus's or bridge, or whever. maybe don't even do that?

still way too much verb unless your going for a pink floyd's style of washy vocals. I wouldn't. 'whish you were here' is dry as a bone, it sounds like guilmore is like 3ft away from you in your own living room! I think that's what huseph was getting at when he said intimate.

same w/ the guitars, dry them up. This will help keep the high frequency stuff like the shaker/hi hat, from being in front of the guitars. They are supporting the guitar, not the other way around.

One thing that really helped my mixes improve drastically when i first got a powerful enough cpu to run alot of plugins, was to not use alot of plugins. It was the best suggestion on mixing i'd gotten in a long time and made the most drastic improvement in my mixes than anything else has for a while.

Set yourself up, w/ a 1/4 note delay, a short/tight verb, and a longer more open verb. Put them all on auxes. Use only them on the whole mix (only the things that need 'em of course) If you can like, "hear" them, they're probably too loud. You should notice when they are muted, but you shouldn't notice them when they are on. This will help make everything blend or mix together, as opposed to hearing say, a guitar and it's delay. Limitations can spawn creation. When your happy with your static mix, then i'd thinking about couple "special' effects, little things happening to keep the song interesting.

+1 on the single guitar on the picking part, if you insist on stereo there, use a subtle delay panned opposite. I'd leave it to one guitar, then when the strumming comes in it'll help the verse 'pop' w/ a nice big stereo image!

Vocalist are funny animals, you as an experienced singer must know this. I've spent hours w/ people w/ "good voices" but don't breathe right, and sound weak. When i sense this coming on i usually try to just call an end to the session and have the person practice more. I'm not a vocalist myself beyond oooohh's and ahhhh's, so i recommend they watch some videos, or take a couple lessons and come back in a week or two. even that little time, usually makes a big difference cuz at least they know what they are 'trying' to do.

The recording is well done. the mix, getting there, certainly moving in the right direction. I wouldn't stress too hard over anything, most times the whole idea is to paint a picture of the artist doing their thing in front of you. Mistakes, or not. Some mistakes are bad, some are great, and some can be pitch corrected.

gonna have ta get your hands dirty to polish a turd. (

Nutti Fri, 09/28/2012 - 06:19

thanks hueseph for the tip about the exiter, the panning was the problem. As I mentioned earlier that I can't get the vocalist to perform any better even how much I try. He listens to what I have to say, says he got it and still does no change when he sings. For the rest of the recorded material I don't want to bring people in again to rerecord everything, this is just an non professional dude who wanted to record a song he wrote to his granpa, so I don't want to put any more time in recording. This is what I have to work with.


I must say I'm thankful for all your oppininons and advice! First I must say I don't own a sm58, I guess I've never looked that way...should probably get one tough...The vocal mikes I have are:
Leem SF-600, Behringer B1 and B2, Oktava ml-52 and yesterday I got a Shure pg27. Vocals are recorded in a booth I built and it's inside is padded with acustic foam to get a totally dead sound.

Anyways, this is what I did to the song today:
- cut the vocals down to one and pitch corrected that one (never used that program before)
- ran it trough a external compressor with 4:1 ratio, 50msec attack, 3sec release and de-esser at 10db and limiter at +5db
- added 2% of reverb to the vocals (I don't like them dead dry)
- added a vst comp to vocals with 4:1 ratio, 3msec attack, 8sec release and a limiter at -1db output and 8sec release
- added a vst de-esser to vocals
- added a vst stereo widener to vocals
- added 3db eq at 3k
- added some more reverb to the flute and a little bit of 200ms delay
- pulled down the volume on all percussion about 1db
- cut down picking guitar to just one and worked down the verb on all guitars
- pushed up the guitars by 0.5db

Now I've heard it trough 10-15 times I think and I think I'm finnished with the 3rd version. It's hard to do all this without any guidence other then internet. I'm a practical man and I learn more from practicing than reading, it's harder to print in my memory with reading. When I took singing lessons years ago, I didn't learn from the teacher telling me how to sing, I learnt it from listening to him singing it wrong like I did and then by redoing his voice. Same thing way back when I took drum lessons. I couldn't learn If the teacher showed me how to do it and showed me how I did wrong. I kinda got the same issue here but without a teacher, so it's hard for me to get it right. I've tried with youtube for hours but it's not the same when noone can show me where I'm doing it wrong/right.

The mixdown: [=""]Hero mixdown 3 by Nutti_ on SoundCloud - Create, record and share your sounds for free[/]="http://soundcloud.c…"]Hero mixdown 3 by Nutti_ on SoundCloud - Create, record and share your sounds for free[/]

The mixdown trough the exiter: [[url=http://="http://soundcloud.c…"]Hero mixdown 3(exited) by Nutti_ on SoundCloud - Create, record and share your sounds for free[/]="http://soundcloud.c…"]Hero mixdown 3(exited) by Nutti_ on SoundCloud - Create, record and share your sounds for free[/]

I don't know about the exiter on this boosts the lows and highs nicely but mids are left behind. What do you guys think?

rmburrow Mon, 12/31/2012 - 17:33

RemyRAD: I worked in radio in the late 1960's - 1970's. Vinyl was spun on the air, and the turntables (mainly QRK fast starts) were set for 47 rpm rather than 45 rpm....yes there was more (altered) music...The popular air mic at the time was the E-V 666...hard for the announcers to beat that one up...later came the Sennheiser MD421...but the announcers found a way to break off that chintzy plastic clip and the mic wound up duct-taped to the Luxo stand....

RemyRAD Wed, 01/02/2013 - 13:03

Yeah that Electro-Voice 666 had that proximity reducing backbone, that kept DJs from getting too muddy. I just don't think anybody would purchase a microphone today with the model number there reads 666? LOL doesn't sound terribly lucky. I think many announcer would have trepidations working on that microphone today?

Those must've been some pretty heavy handed DJs if they broke that 421 clip? I don't remember any of those breaking more than the four years during my tenure at NBC radio. You guys must have had a very animated, active microphone grabber? And I've never broken mine in the over 25 years I've used mine which has been quite extensively. Some folks are just heavy-handed morons never had to fix anything. And also because they didn't have to pay for it themselves. Oh well... you can't fix stupid.

Sounds like you've got a few years on me? But just a few.
Mx. Remy Ann David

anonymous Thu, 01/03/2013 - 12:07

Nutti, post: 394010 wrote: Hi all!

I finally got the time to get in the studio today and this is what I did to the mix.

- Added compression to the vocals and added 2db @ 1,5k and 4k
- Replaced the percussion reverb with a studio verb
- Found out what caused the mono problem!

The mono issue happens when I send the stereo file out from my interface! It only has mono in/out so when I sent the file to the exiter it cutted it down to mono so I just get a mono signal back into the audio interface. What can I do about this? Any ideas??

Anyways, here's the mixdown again...any thoughts?

[[url=http://[/URL]="http://soundcloud.c…"]Hero mixdown by Nutti_ on SoundCloud - Create, record and share your sounds for free[/]="http://soundcloud.c…"]Hero mixdown by Nutti_ on SoundCloud - Create, record and share your sounds for free[/]

Are you saying that you " left the box " and sent the mix to an outside processor? You mentioned sending the mix to an exciter (shudder.... bad box BAD BOX!) were you doing this by actually coming out of your computer audio I/O send?

anonymous Fri, 01/04/2013 - 05:15

Might I suggest that you ditch the whole "leave the box and send it to an outboard exciter" idea...

First off, if your audio I/O only has a mono out ( which is really weird... I've never heard of that before), then yes, you are summing all stereo audio to a mono signal.

Your best bet would be to invest in an exciter plug in ( if you must... personally, I can't stand exciters, but there are those that like them) that you could process the stereo file with internally and never have to leave the digital recording platform.

Also, if you are coming out of an analog out, through a cheap processor, and then back in again, regardless of whether or not you are maintaining stereo signal or converting to mono, you will degrade the audio, especially in budget audio interface models. If you had high end analog outboard gear, then there are exceptions... but then again, if you had the money for that high end analog outboard gear, I think you'd probably have a high caliber audio I/O with nice converters and more than just a mono out...

Do yourself a favor and invest $40 or so in an exciter plug in, then render the final mix within your DAW program, and ditch the whole idea of leaving the box to begin with, especially under the circumstances you described.


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