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Hi all..

I'm doing a rocker for this next song on the album I'm engineering...

This is definitely not a "clean / studio" sound I'm after here. I'm looking for a sort of "trashy" vibe to it, particularly on drums, but... I'd rather use just one reverb on everything to emulate the vibe of a band playing all at once in the same space.

Is there a particular room sound, or more specifically - certain settings - that you guys lean towards when mixing something like this?

I have Variverb - which is Samplitude's stock reverb, as well as Pristine Space Convolution ( which includes sims from Bricasti, TC, and Eventide), along with Lexicon, both Halls and Rooms.

Here's a copy of the original track ( 1978) and I'd like to capture this vibe...but with a more modern and "open" sound...



pcrecord Mon, 06/08/2015 - 03:17

The original track present a roomy drum but less obvious reverb on the rest of the band.
Personnaly unless the artist/customer ask for an old/classic sound, I'm against trying to recreate the past. I prefer addressing today's mixing with a modern approach so the end product could blend in with what people are listening everyday on the radio and mp3 players... But that's just me ;)

I think this rock vibe comes a lot more from the sound of the instruments and performances than the choice of verbs...

Anyway, for what I think you want to do, you could still keep a room reverb for the drum (unless the tracking was roomy already) but to give the song some dimensions I'd put a second longer verb on everything (and tame the LF)
You can then blend the two and see what you like the most.

DonnyThompson Mon, 06/08/2015 - 06:38

No... guys... you're misunderstanding me.... you're jist not a-gittin' what I'm-a layin' down... LOL

I'm not trying to recreate the original...

I only posted the original so you could hear the sound that I'm after in regard to a full band recording at once, which is what Todd Rundgren and Utopia did on this track...
When I referred to capturing the vibe, I meant I'm trying to reproduce the sound of an ensemble all playing at once in the same space - I'm thinking perhaps something like a small club or maybe even a large live room in a studio ?

Would you look at using regular digital verbs for this, or would you look at convolution?

Here's what I've got happening so far - this is not a final mix - not even close....I just kinda through the faders up on it, and used one verb for everything, which is a Lexicon Room (13 meters, 400 ms, )...

[[url=http://[/URL]="http://recording.or…"]LOVE IN ACTION EXCERPT JUNE 8 2015.mp3[/]="http://recording.or…"]LOVE IN ACTION EXCERPT JUNE 8 2015.mp3[/]



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DonnyThompson Mon, 06/08/2015 - 08:12

pcrecord, post: 429666, member: 46460 wrote: An easy mix Donny !! (for once)

LOL... I know, right? Finally, an easier song. :) Compared to that last one I just finished - I'm surprised I'm even still alive LOL - this one is gonna be a walk in the park. (y)

I should be able to finish this up as soon as I get a lead vocal track and the middle-16 guitar solo.

But ... I'd still like your suggestions for reverb/room sims. I'm pretty sure you know what I'm after for this one.... Let me know after you get a chance to listen.

I should add that anyone is more than welcome to give suggestions for reverb. I'll take all the help I can get, and I appreciate anyone's input on this. ;)

Here's the full version so far - again, not mixed...

[[url=http://[/URL]="http://recording.or…"]LOVE IN ACTION JUNE 7 2015.mp3[/]="http://recording.or…"]LOVE IN ACTION JUNE 7 2015.mp3[/]



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LOVE IN ACTION JUNE 7 2015.mp3 (8.3 MB) 

pcrecord Mon, 06/08/2015 - 16:40

What I'm going to write comes entirely from my own taste, I'm not pretending on any scientific reason ;)
One suggestion I would make is to try to refrain the temptation to send tracks seperatly with different signal levels to the room simulator. We all have the pretend to think we can hear that kind of seperation. So we say the back vocals should be in the back so let's give them more reverb and the same with other instruments. In fact when you are in the room with a full band that doesn't happen. The best results I had with the technic of one reverb for all is when put to the simplest. 1 reverb on the masterbus or on an aux with equal levels to everything.
Also, don't be afraid of using longer tail rooms even on fast songs. The important thing is not let the room become an instrument, when you hear it, it may already be too much.

Oh yeah, the reverb needs to sound good alone, when in solo mode. you should hear it like if you were in the NEXT room...

I don't know the reverbs you have access. On my part I had good results with Valhalla reverbs and Altiverb.

DonnyThompson Mon, 06/08/2015 - 20:42

I have Variverb - which is Samplitude's stock reverb, as well as Pristine Space Convolution ( which includes sims from Bricasti, TC, and Eventide), along with Lexicon, both Halls and Rooms.

On the audio file above - the latest version - I was using Variverb/Room/12 meters, 300 ms. And I used this in equal amounts on everything except kick drum and bass.

So, you're saying I should use a longer trail/decay?

audiokid Tue, 06/09/2015 - 07:05

DonnyThompson, post: 429697, member: 46114 wrote: so when you say "longer", are you thinking double that length? More?

The space sounds closer than the bpm. Sounds unatural to how I envision this track. Just thinking out loud, I might use that fast decay on the vocal only with an overall longer decayed reverb for everything.

Simply put, it sounds to cut off in an untimely "less musical" duration.

DonnyThompson Wed, 06/10/2015 - 01:48

@audiokid @pcrecord @kmetal @Boswell @Kurt Foster @DM60

Okay, so...

The following audio clips are, in order, as follows:

First clip - Backing Vox with the original reverb I was using:

[=""]BV ORIGINAL RVERB JUNE 9 2015.mp3[/]="http://recording.or…"]BV ORIGINAL RVERB JUNE 9 2015.mp3[/]

The second is the backing vox with an increased decay time, ( doubled) :

[[url=http://="http://recording.or…"]BV ALT RVERB JUNE 9 2015.mp3[/]="http://recording.or…"]BV ALT RVERB JUNE 9 2015.mp3[/]

And finally, a mix excerpt with the backing vocals as they are in the audio file directly above this one, using the verb with the extended decay time:

[[url=http://[/URL]="http://recording.or…"]MIX EXCERPT W BV JUNE 9 2015.mp3[/]="http://recording.or…"]MIX EXCERPT W BV JUNE 9 2015.mp3[/]

So... is this closer to what you guys are thinking? My feeling is that the BV's sound a bit too wet on their own, but, when they're tucked in with the rest of the tracks, it seems to sound fairly balanced with everything else.

(Again, this is not a mix... this is strictly for backing vox reverb comparison purposes)







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BV ALT RVERB JUNE 9 2015.mp3 (862.5 KB)  BV ORIGINAL RVERB JUNE 9 2015.mp3 (862.5 KB)  MIX EXCERPT W BV JUNE 9 2015.mp3 (1.4 MB) 

pcrecord Wed, 06/10/2015 - 03:07

This room sounds better and well like a room ! But, I think it's getting too wet now ;)
You have to imagine the band in a space and try to recreate it.
I think I should have been more precise. I know I said longer tail room, but I ment longer reverb in general. Not necessairy a room.
You know Donny, when I listen to a song, I like when I can picture myself in the same space with the band and believe it. As soon has the reverb gets higher that a certain level, I feel it stops being a natural place and it starts to be a special effect. Either way, you can make it sound good but, it's important to decide if you go for natural or the effect. And be carefull because the line between both is very thin... To me on those late samples you've crossed the line to effect.

I'm not saying it's not good like it is, but it's not really what you initially ask for :

DonnyThompson, post: 429663, member: 46114 wrote: I meant I'm trying to reproduce the sound of an ensemble all playing at once in the same space - I'm thinking perhaps something like a small club or maybe even a large live room in a studio ?

This is touchy because, we are talking about taste and opinions here not science and techniques..

DonnyThompson Wed, 06/10/2015 - 06:16

Ya. I'm in agreement with all... this has become reverb as more of an "effect" - and not as a room simulation. And you're absolutely right - it's often a very fine line between the two, and at this point I guess I need to choose which way I want to take it.

Artistically, and on the whole, I do like the verb that's there, but as a room sim - natural space, it's gone beyond that... and, as DM and Kurt both mentioned, I think it's effecting the definition of the backing vox... although, and that kinda brings up a point, these are backing vocals, and not the lead vocal, so, I'm wondering if maybe I need to wait until we get a lead vocal tracked, because that could likely change the approach to the BV's.

Regardless, I'm gonna go back in and try another type of verb, and I'm going to decrease the amount of the return by about half, and see what the result of that will be.
But, until I get that lead vocal track recorded, I'm thinking that this will all just be a kind of "academic/experimental" exercise.

But, I'm going to do it anyway, because now I'm curious. LOL... I'll post an update with that soon.

Thanks guys. :)

DonnyThompson Wed, 06/10/2015 - 09:50

Okay, here's the latest.

. I backed off the reverb considerably.. again, not a final mix...still figuring out and comparing reverbs.
[[url=http://[/URL]="http://recording.or…"]LIA MIX D JUNE 10 2015.mp3[/]="http://recording.or…"]LIA MIX D JUNE 10 2015.mp3[/]

The final mix for this song will most likely fade out, but this one has an a Capella ending, if you listen that far you can hear the verb that I have on the backing vox. :)



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LIA MIX D JUNE 10 2015.mp3 (8.1 MB) 

DonnyThompson Wed, 06/10/2015 - 23:26

I went to bed a few minutes after posting the last version... my days and nights seem to be reversed right now, I work starting at midnight or so and go to around noon, or whenever my ears burn out...LOL.. whichever happens first, and I'm usually crashing around 2 or 3 pm.

So, with recovered ears, I just listened to this again for the first time in 12 hours or so, and I like this latest one, too.

At this point, I need to get a LV from Terry, and a solo during that middle 16 section.

Thanks a bunch, guys :) I really appreciate you all critiquing this one for me, and helping me to reign in the verb. I think it made a huge difference.

BTW... ( @audiokid @Boswell ) Chris and Bos... when it comes time to get a final mix on this, I'm gonna have a go at it using the 2 DAW system. :)


DonnyThompson Thu, 06/11/2015 - 03:09

I didn't change anything other than the reverb, pal... not a thing. I only worked with different types and amounts of verb, I didn't add any GR, EQ or other processing other than what was there originally.

At which point I think it's safe to say that using various reverb types and amounts can make much more of a difference than perhaps we'd assumed...

pcrecord Thu, 06/11/2015 - 09:29

DonnyThompson, post: 429769, member: 46114 wrote: Okay, wait... I did up the volume... but not through the use of limiting.. it was just a situation where I raised the output level on the master bus faders. I promise... I swear to Sgt. Pepper that's the only change I made..

o_O ok.. I need to stop using those earbuds !!

Davedog Wed, 06/17/2015 - 14:09

I've been so busy time to stop by.....I did listen to a piece of the last thing with tracks and bkng vox...If it were me, I would triple those bkng vox and use something that is at the same speed as the click trk for the verbs. A wide spead on one stereo set. Narrow on another. Mono verbs on each side of the wide spread, a delay on the narrow and another verb sidechained to the delay but a high number of HP filter on it. The volume seemed to be about right but there's too much of it that sounds localized....does that make any sense??Its sounds like everything is...what did someone say?/ In the same room......

I think it needs depth and width to the bkng vox and then whatever happens with the lead vox its got a big bed to sit in. It will certainly make the entire production get larger without really changing anything.

Davedog Wed, 06/17/2015 - 14:17

Approach your mix from the point of Kik, bass, vocal.....Or drums, bass, vocals. I mix these as a unit. Find the sweet spot where everything is solid and separated with lots of punch and clarity. I set them up loud as hell like this then leave the it "the hallway" check...should be able to hear it as a unit as well as be able to easily discern each part. Then turn it down....NEVER NEVER touch any of these again and mix to them. If the bass or the drums or the vocal starts getting buried then something needs to change....just not the BIG THREE. How you change things around these is all part of the "taste"....If its a heavy guitar track then use of EQ's and panning to find that spot where the guitars speak with their own voice but dont cover anything else up...If theres keys AND guitars then let the carving begin. Modern music has a lot of the same frequencies in each instrument in the same pitch relative to the melody.....Can't discern the melody? Work work work work.....

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