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Is this rock mix harsh on the ears?

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1 year 6 months
Hi everyone,
We have been mixing this song over and over for the past few months as we cannot seem to get it right. At louder levels it seems to be very harsh. We don’t have any boosting on the master and generally subtle eq moves in the high end. Maybe my ears are overly sensitive but I can’t help but think it sounds harsh in the high mids. I’d say that the instruments contributing are they vocals and cymbals. I’m worried the tracks were recorded with too high gain. Let me know if you agree or disagree and any advice you have so we can get this finished and move on.

STARCHASER by TSOTS... Another high-energy pop/rock song!

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1 year 6 months

We've gotten some great feedback on other songs and thought we'd post another one here. This is Starchaser, the song our album in development is named after. We've been wrestling with this mix for awhile. Would love to hear y'all's thoughts on the mix, the song, etc.!

STARCHASER - The Story of the Sun

telecaster pickups for rock

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11 months 1 week

Could anyone please give me some advice about telecaster pickups for rock ?
What I am trying to achieve is a Malmsteen sound, hard overdrive with single coil sound, but instead of sounding like a Stratocaster, you should be able to hear it beeing a telecaster. You know the bite from the bridge and the smoothness from the neck.

I also prefer the single coil sound over the humbucker sound.

Song Mix - "Spirit" - a secular spiritual stadium rocker

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7 years 3 months
Hey guys - I'd appreciate any feedback on this song and mix - Stadium rock feel-good chorus meets personal introspective in this frozen in time moment...

Guitar solo outro chorus intentionally quotes a wee bit of Blind Melon - lots of guitars and vocal tracks (double and triple tracked) with (hopefully) some really neat sounds.... Very straight forward drums and a classic bass track that doesn't step on anything...


My Inability - A Pop punk rock jam

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1 year 6 months

Would love to hear any feedback at all on our mix! Please be brutally honest!
f y’all are interested, this is a song I initially wrote when I was 16 years old and played in my middle school band. I’m 33 now and my drummer heard the song and wanted to revive it. Interestingly enough, the original version of this song won 3rd place in the VH1 School of Rock Battle of the Bands contest! (Each of the band members won School of Rock DVD’s and Ipods), So here it is… Enjoy!

Recording drums to sound big in a small room for hard rock/metal projects

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2 years 8 months
I would like some feedback. I just finished an iso room in my studio to track in. I’m a drummer and I will never have the square foot or height to track ambient drums. I’m ok with that and I’m fine with adding room post tracking. I guess the biggest challenge I face is getting the drums sound big enough for hard rock/metal projects. Here’s a sample of arecent drum sample I tracked in the new room. I added the room sim post tracking.

Face Up - Rock Song

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6 years 5 months
Hi all,

Working on a new rock song idea - partial vocals - 2nd verse and potentially some additional fills pending. Not sure if it is worth working on further or if it is "nothing special" - feedback welcome:


(Words by Jonathan Linton, Music by Jonathan Linton)

You’re at war, within yourself
Put your pride upon the shelf
We need to fail, and fail to need
That self-doubt to proceed
Yes it hurts, yes its dirt

Reality - Alt. Rock Song - Critique Welcome

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6 years 5 months
Hi all,

Working on an Alternative Rock song idea. Here is the complete initial mix draft. Feedback welcome on what I have so far:


(Words by Jonathan Linton, Music by Jonathan Linton)

You’re mystified
Why they can’t see
Your point of view
Your reality

You’re blinded by
What you can see
You see right through